I think all of America was shocked at what happened one week ago today. Five brave police who were doing their job in Dallas,TX was gunned down and seven others were injured. WHY? For one thing the man who holds the highest office in the land has caused such division between races that now anytime there is a killing of a black man by a white police officer, before any investigation, the officer is accused of being racist. As all America knows the two incidents that sparked this thing in Dallas was the two black men killed by police, one in FL and the other in MN. Now that they have had a chance to investigate they have found evidence that the police had motive in both cases. Doesn't help the five officers who were gunned down by a black man who was out to kill white police officers, does it? The President may say he is behind our police but, his actions does nothing to show it. I heard that someone had ask that the White House be lite up with blue lights to honor law enforcement but haven't seen that happen. Oh yes, I do remember when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage that the rainbow colors flooded the front of the White House that very night.
I, along with family and friends, am so angry about all this. They seem to be scratching their heads about what to do about all this racism. You know it's probably too simple for these smart people in Washington to understand, but one thing that would save a lot of lives is to simply do what the police ask you to do.
My brother-in-law, Wayne Warrington, was in police work about 30 years and if you would like to know how this man handled his job, the compassion he showed for the people around him, please read "Rooster and the Cop." JoAnn tells of how Wayne helped one man and their relationship. Wayne received many commendations, and was loved and appreciated by so many who knew him. Wayne, along with all police put their lives on the line each and everyday. One night Wayne almost lost his life. He and his partner answered a call after a man called the police department several times, one call after another to send a cop to his house. When Wayne and his partner approached the man on his porch, he pulled a gun from his back and shot Wayne. The other police had to shoot and kill the man on the porch. Wayne's life was spared because he was close enough he was able to slap the gun away from going to his chest. All this to say is that things happen fast. At the time of this writing there has been so much dislike for the police for being to quick to kill in these type situations. Our president at this time has been highly critical of the police. And we are experiencing protesters rioting in the streets across the nation. Police have compassion for the people they serve. We have had 2 cops in our family, Joshua Bohlin, the husband of April (Heitman) Bohlin. Thank you both for your service.
John 8: 31-32
If you continue in my word,
then you are truly disciples
of mine, and you will know
the truth and the truth
will make you free.
Dalen and his boys in New York 2016, they are having a lot of fun getting to see the Statue of Liberty, something we don't appreciate probably enough any more, and other interesting sites. Sarita is usually behind the camera but she did an excellent job on this photo. Dustin even spotted J. Lo doing some filming at their hotel and I believe he and Sarita were able to get into some of the action going on.
Seems each time I write little excerpts from our newsletter I have an excuse for them being so few and far between, but believe me folks it's been busy around here. Things are green and grass growing from all the wonderful rain that God has sent us. This week though we have had rain but tornados too that have come to close for comfort. God has taken care of so many of us and for that we are thankful!
We do have some recent news though before getting into the newsletter.
About a month or so ago ,Dot that has been mentioned in previous letters, her son suddenly passed away he had been living with Dot for awhile and on a Sunday afternoon didn't feel well and laid down on her sofa and died in his sleep. About 3 weeks later Dot also suddenly died. JoAnn and I had visited Dot when she was here in February and I had then stopped by for a nice visit with her on a Tuesday afternoon and she died the following Tuesday. This has been a shock to each of us and prayers have gone out for her two remaining children and grandchildren.
Now on a brighter note lets look at some of the happenings of several years ago...the family was nutty then and as I look at the things that go on now I don't really see much difference!
IONE wrote these in her November letter.
A prayer written by Killis Boone ..a relative.
We all have a secret weapon which can cure our deepest woes
It can tear down walls of haterd and confound our Godless foes
Dosen't cost a billion dollars, it can guranttee world peace
Not the A-bomb or the H-bomb,yet it makes the war drums cease
Its not guarded from the millions each of us can have our share
It grows stronger as you use it, for its better know as PRAYER
Leland bought a hay baler for $75.00 and spent about $25.00 or $30.00
fixing it up and sold it for $450.00. That may have been a record for ever making any money
from things bought that you wanted to buy and make money on here. Certainly better than the dozier that he found when he was on a job north of OKC. Saw this rusty old dozier setting in a field.
(It probably died right there) anyway, he ask the woman what she would take for it and she said $300.00. I still think she would have given it to him just to get it off her place. Anyway, there was the little job of getting it home..duh..he had everyone in OKC office helping him find someone to haul it from there to here..duh..finally he did and I believe that was another $600.00..Then,of course the thing hadn't run in years and I don't remember how he got it into Tom Bean for the man to fix it. Really, he had it for around 2 years and something over $2,000 to fix it. It never ran good always got hot but he did use it for digging out a lot of dirt when we were building our house. Then did sell it. Cost a few hundred $$$ to get it hauled to auction and I do think he got $500.00 for it. Guess no one was impressed with it. I was just glad it was gone. It was just one of those things.
The author of this letter didn't put her name on it soo from ???
" The reason men don't understand women, they were asleep when women were made
and we were not made from his "foot" but his "side."..Hello
REMEMBER..When the Bible becomes "a part" of us we are less likely to come "apart"
Always read the good stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
FROM JoAnn April 1998
Another Genie Story
A man encountered a genie who told the man he would give him a wish for anything he wanted. The man said he would like to see a highway spanning to Hawaii. The genie said " Man thats nearly impossible do you know what would be involved? Don't you have another wish? The man said "Yes I do I would like to understand women" Almost without hesitation the genie ask," how many lanes do you want that highway to be?" ...aw come on now, we aren't that hard to understand..
Ralph was nominated for excellent employee award and he and Diana went to Dallas to an award dinner. Ralph got plaques and awards for the Spirit award. He is supervisor for a crew and he was recognized for keep up the spirits of
his workers for finishing a project and under budget. He supervises work on aircrafts. Wayne and I went to baby sit Vanessa and Joseph while they went to the dinner and we took the kids out to eat.HA! What a trip. We had to push everything back from Vanessa and she put butter cups in her hair. She's not quit two. Joseph was his usual talkative self. The restaurant was crowded, and with people sitting close at the next table Joseph said real loud " LAST NITE I GOT SICK AND VOMITED IN THE TOILET." Very camly Wayne told him "O.K. but we won't talk about that right now". We were going to a bookstore afterwards, but decided we would skip that and just drive them around for awhile and then take them home and give them ice cream. I believe we made the right choice.
Hopefully one of us will be able to get another letter in before tooooo long.
Luke 6: 31
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets