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LET FREEDOM RING!!!

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we got to sing the battle hymn of the republic, oh beautiful for spacious skies, God bless our native land, God of our fathers……..great service today with a sermon on freedom now!

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prayer today:

Lord of the nations, guide our people by your spirit to go forward in justice and freedom. give us what outward prosperity may be your will but Your will but above all things give us faith in You, that as Christians in this nation we may bring glory to Your name and blessings to humanity world wide. in the name of Jesus we pray. amen

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ALASKA CRUISE 2010 POST #2

how do you pic from 600 + pics! here are a few aboard the volendam, we really enjoyed going through the inside passage, but we decided cruising isn’t our first choice of transportation……….pretty unanimously, that’s not to say we didn’t enjoy it, it’s just not something we have to do again in the near future…

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steph and elden checking out the inside passage

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elden up on top

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formal night, there’s a whole story behind this:) bought a suit coat from good- will for 4 dollars on half price day:) and mike wore it for formal night and we just happened to leave it on the back of his chair that night… more room for the stuff i was buying then………he totally wanted to find a leisure suit, but they didn’t have any! or darn

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lots of pics of just mike and backgrounds

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mike and elden with the first bucket of  many beers

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steph and elden relaxing up in the crows nest….where mike and i sang 2 nights in the karaoke contest… we won 2 dam ship sweat shirts! the first night we sang together and sang some blues brothers “sweet home chicago” i think i have a pic somewhere wearing our shirts we won.

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cold out on deck, we are standing beneath our life boat, elden said ” i hope i never see any of you again!” after meeting everybody for our orientation 🙂

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getting off ship in juneau.love our guys wearing camo!  no one to impress here:) you should spend a day with these 2……… they are hilarious when making comments about people! all in fun i say!!! no airs to put on with these 2………what you see is what you get and we love it! just being real!!!

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thank you to justin for mowing and picking the vegetables in the garden, and to michele for watering all the hanging baskets and flowers for me, and watching the mail deliveries for us, and a big thank you to the jennings family for taking care of macy for us and loving her the way you do! God has truly put some amazing people in our lives down here and we feel so blessed! and we have a new welcome mat outside our door??? justin did you put that there???

more to come:)

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SUSHI, BEER, NAP, NEW FRIENDS AND ELIZA!!! #1

we tried the shushi,didn’t like so much,

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we tried the beer, yep like!

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and nap time of course…………..this man deserves a nap:) he works hard….what a life:) love you honey

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we are in anchorage now and flying out of here tomorrow night………….it’s been a long time away from macy, too long, but thanks mo for watching and loving her like you do, i would not have felt good about being gone that long, with out you:) love you……….. give mikaela hugs for us as she leaves for lutherhaven and may God bless her week there and may her faith grow even stronger:) can’t wait to get back to lafayette and back to all the people we love.

i have over 600 pics! will share some of them over the next month:) this vacation was awesome, we met so many really nice people, people from all walks of life and people who just love living life………..this couple was from oregon,

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we met on the ship and we exchanged addresses….they invited us to come visit them in oregon some time, …. he is retired law enforcement and volunteered in kosovo…..they have a son serving in the army in afghanistan now

more later…. got to go to bed, but got to talk with this little one tonight… i love how she smiles when she sees mike and me on skype:) you just have to wonder what she thinks

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ERIK AND ALYSSA!

trying to get this in before midnight indiana time! we just got back from an 11 hour bus ride! yes 11 hrs on a bus through denali, we saw the big 5… caribou, grizzly bear, dall sheep, moose, wolves we saw them all! our bus driver said that is a very very good day to be able to see all of them and we saw more also… pics to follow:) got up super early today to get on the bus by 5:30 am, it is only 7:50 here now!!

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ABOARD THE VOLENDAM

boarding ship for first time, i was walking across the plank

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awesome, what more can i say

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mike standing near our life boat:)

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steph and me, no one i’d rather be with:)

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steph and elden inside ship

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our sunset the first night aboard ship

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we are in the yukon now, i will post more later, this is just from the first day