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  1. Family Reunion

    Huge step today. We told her mother, and surprisingly, it went well.
  2. Family Reunion

    Thanks KC. Our conversation is leading us to believe that there is an eventuality of letting her mom and our kids know, and should that time be sooner rather than later. There is a bit of a twist in that my mother has on occasion referred to my girlfriend as her daughter-in-law...a bit of a slip, but it could lead to conversation about who she is.
  3. Family Reunion

    To-date, we have shared who we are with her dad and my mother. Yet to tell her mother and my father..and our kids. Telling her mother is a concern in that she might flip out. This summer, she will be attending a family reunion for my father's side...not her family. The question on our mind is, how do we introduce her? Saying she is my girlfriend means that we should have the conversation first with our kids and the parents that don't know.
  4. Shrimp dish

    How'd it go?
  5. Please help donate for new forum software!

    Donated $10. Come on folks, help support this wonderful resource! KC, thank you for everything you are doing to maintain this site!
  6. The Next Step

    Definitely living the dream! We are all moved in and decided to take a family weekend away. Nice to get away from the unpacking, house projects, etc. Been pretty tense with her starting a new job all while selling a house and buying a house. All worth it.
  7. The Next Step

    Thanks all...seems like it's been a whirlwind with the house search, inspections, etc. and the holidays...we close on the house this Friday, with immediate possession! Appliances will arrive Saturday, and then we have a few weeks to have some work done on the house, before we move in. Just as well. It will give us some time to breathe. She has just started a new career and having six weeks to move out of the old place helps. Much to be thankful for!
  8. Wedding Plans!!

    Congratulations! Very happy for you!!
  9. The Next Step

    Hello everyone! Sharing happy news. We have made an offer on a house, and now just awaiting the inspection , appraisal, etc. A big step for our relationship Praying for the Lord's continued presence in our relationship and for a smooth process for the new home. Much to be thankful for!
  10. Her dad knows

    While on vacation with her dad, staying at my parents, she told her father about us. He was supportive. Very exciting! That leaves my folks, her mother and my brothers. So far, so good. :cheesy:
  11. Celebrating a Life

    This week we celebrated the life of a dear friend. This week he left this world, and his legacy is a reflection that is cliché...he epitomized that one person can make a difference. My earliest memory of him was going to his store for ice cream following a little league game and then more throughout my childhood. His warm smile and engaging conversation he could easily draw you in. After closing his store, I hadn't seen this gentleman again until 6 years ago. I had joined a private organization, and he was serving on the board of directors. We spent inumerable hours coordinating and participating charitable events. Because of him, I developed a passion for this work, and through his encouragement, I joined the board. Of course, we became good friends...not hard, for this man's zest for God, family, community, life...was infectious. Many times shared..card games, boating around the lake, sharing a cocktail, and volunteering for events. At his funeral were hundreds to pay their respects. The impact that this man made was incredible...the stories of how helped someone in a jam, encouraged them to be more than they are, and so on. It was no surprise that this man was loved by so many. With his passing, I have felt the natural course of sadness, but I also have smiled at the memories. I give thanks to God...this man was a blessing to have in our lives.
  12. Cousin Marriage and the Supreme Court

    According to you, speaking with you has been deemed a waste of your time, so I shall not waste anymore if mine. I have no interest in having a discussion with a wall. I wish you the best.
  13. Cousin Marriage and the Supreme Court

    It appears that you may assume you are a constitutional expert. Perhaps you should run for office and show everyone how wrong they are. I'm passionate about my walk with Christ and have been shown the way by my parents and the reason for my statement. My, mother, thank you is the ordained minister of my family...not my 'daddy', thank you. I don't assume it gives me any credibility, but I rather look upon that which I have learned. Your assumptions seem impassioned. And, I appreciate people with a passion, but it is not necessary to speak to someone as if they are uneducated. We obviously disagree on the point that was made.
  14. Cousin Marriage and the Supreme Court

    Thanks. I have read the Constitution, and I find that remark rather unnecessary. You are entitled to your opinion as I am mine. So, if your opinion is the right one and don't give a darn about anyone else's. Are you here to espouse your opinions upon others without care or regard to what they think? Really?
  15. Cousin Marriage and the Supreme Court

    Wow. We should have a political section. There could be some spirited debates. I don't associate with either party. There are extremists in both parties that wreaking havoc in the government. I've read the opinions from the Court and understand where the majority found its merit. I do not agree the Court or the Federal government is overreaching. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. I could not be offended by all the celebration that is occurring. I'm a devout Christian and son of a pastor. It is not up to me to judge another...it's up to Him alone. While my beliefs call me to spread his word, it is also my calling to ask everyone to search their heart for peace..and understanding. Jesus taught us to love each other, without exclusion. Terrible when I see others spew angry and hateful messages...intended as such or not, they have allowed Satan to occupy their tongue. In regards to law....the law of the land is applied without consideration to my beliefs. Our country is made up of believers, non-believers, etc. and the Founding Fathers intended to keep separate the power of the church from the government. The rights should be equal for all. To whether or not cousin marriage would be legalized by this ruling? I don't believe so and would require another challenge in court. Do I think the court could reach the same ruling under equal protections, perhaps, but I'd expect a similar split.