Stand Still

The LORD will take you, right now where you are, and exactly the way that you are, but I guarantee He will not leave you there.

In 2004, I was living in an all complete consuming depression. Something I did not know then but I do know now, is that I was ruled by the darkness of this world. But yet, all I wanted was to be out of this world.

What I discovered a few years later was that I didn’t really want to die, I just didn’t want to live. That might be hard for some folks to understand but if you have been oppressed by depression, then you understand. It seemed like it would just be easier for me to be dead than to live the way I was living. I was hurting so badly but I was deceived into believing that no-one cared.

I kept trudging along the best I could but life just became more and more depressing no matter how hard I tried and somewhere during the end of the year, I made a decision to take myself out of this world.

I didn’t tell anyone how I was feeling. My husband knew what had occured and how far that pain had progressed. He was feeling pretty hurt too but there was nothing either one of us could do about it. I didn’t tell anyone about my decision, especially my husband.

The day had finally come. I didn’t want to do anything around the holidays because I didn’t want my children to have to remember something so horrible during the holidays. So I waited until after the first of the year. It was somewhere in that time area when the time came. I had already made my decision that I was not going to be here anymore.

But in the middle of all that, God stepped into my life in an amazing amazing way. The whole reason I am sharing all of this today is because along my ‘new’ life journey I just recently figured something out.

Twice now since that awful time, I have come to my wits end, regarding different circumstances. In both of these times, I had to come to the point of giving up.

This last time had to do with finding a way to get the Insurance company to pay for the Cat Scan that I knew I needed because the ultra sound did not show what I ‘knew’ was there. I did not know what that ‘something’ was but I know my body and I knew something was growing inside of me. The ultra sound ruled out a hernia so I was stumped, but that did not convince me that there wasn’t something growing because I could feel it.

But, after six months of trying, I did finally give up. I decided, ok, no-one wants to believe me or help me so I just gave up and decided that if I should perished, I would perish. I am fairly certain that I will arise in the first resurrection and since I know which side I am on, I just said ok, I am done. I quit fighting, but never stopped praying.

Only God knows when we have fully surrendered.

That very next morning, [Friday] after I got out of the Lord’s way, He stepped in. Even though I always include God in my plans or what I’m trying to do, that doesn’t mean that I’m heading in the right direction. I’m human. I’m not God and I do not always know what’s best for me, even though I might think I do.

God completely guided my steps. By that very afternoon, I was told by my doctors receptionsit that he had told her to call me and tell me that on Monday , he was going to take care of this and I was not to fret or worry about it.

All of my friends and my family know that I am a fighter. I don’t give up. But the three times that I did, God stepped in on my behalf and opened the door that He wanted me to walk through.

Sometimes we really do have to just admit that we are nothing in ourselves. We need His interference on our behalf. We need this because first of all, it is faith building to see the hand of God. Full surrender gives Him all He needs to be glorified. Whenever I share my testimony, He is glorified in that too.

So…. If you are at a cross road in your life and do not know what to do, stop….. stand still and know that He is God.

Seariously…. just stop and fully surrender that you are helpless. He stands for the weak. He stands for the oppressed. He can be your defender and carry you to where you need to be. We can’t pull a fast one over His eyes so don’t try to do that. Just give it all to Him and step away from it.

Way back in 2004, when I gave up on wanting to live in this world, is when He entered my life and made such a huge impact and forever changed my life. I gave up because I was done. Where there was great pain, now there is great joy.

If you want to see His hand move all over, in every area of your life, surrender it all to Him. What have you got to loose?

Stand still and see the salvation of the LORD.

I’m loyal. And no matter how many times my loyalty has been abused, that is one characteristic of mine that will never change. He knows this about me. He is my refuge in the storm. He is my safe harbor. He is my comforter and my deliverer. The God of Israel is my salvation in all things. He can be all of this for you too.

You don’t need to fight this battle when He can be victorious on your behalf.

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Just Some Profound Thoughts

Some past thoughts to share with my Facebook family and friends:

If adversity drives us to our knees, then adversity is a spiritual blessing in disguise. ~ Eudora 01/07 2013

My personal encouragement to all single folks: Don’t be so busy working hard at trying to find that perfect mate. Work harder at becoming the perfect mate for the one that the Lord has planned to find you. ~ Eudora 7-19-2012

I like to think of us as an orchestra (surrendered believers) making beautiful music together. Say over there is the trombone section you have all those folks that have the same belief and they work well together. Then over there, you have the violin section and they all work well together and have the same beliefs but all the stringed instruments are all sitting together. So let’s say they are the evangelists of the bunch. Alone, we might be the best piccolo player on the planet but unless the owner of the orchestra (Yahwey) invites us to come and play, we cannot just waltz in and start playing. Even once we get in, we gotta follow the lead of the conductor. (Yahushua) We cannot just go in and start playing a solo piece all on our own. We all have a different sound. However, when we are combined we have become part of a masterpiece in the making. ~ Eudora 01/04/2012

Life isn’t a trial… It’s an exercise in faith! ~ Eudora 4/8/2012

Faith takes the place of what you don’t have until your faith shows up! Eudora 09/03/2012

God is incredibly creative. I have discovered that He has a voice with no volume. 11:44 p.m. 04/29/2013

A foot without all five toes cannot walk in perfect balance. ~ Eudora January 20, 2013

This one reminds me of something Nicky Kohn posted the other day: We all need to become solid in our beliefs in all things, so that we are not swayed by this person or that person. This doesn’t give us a voice to say that this person or that person is right or wrong. It only gives us our own voice to verbalize our own contribution to the truth that we know or believe. ~ Eudora 07/10/14

If your faith is in God, you just show up! ~ Eudora 08/02/2012

When the opportunity comes to make the best or worst of it, I hope you choose wisely to make the best of it. ~ Eudora 10/09/2018

The transcendent lie is one that is born of a convinced truth. ~Eudora 12/6/2011

Regarding the transcendent lie: I was taught so much about the scriptures when I was growing up. Even now, as an adult, I make it a point to study the Bible for myself. Why? Because I am finding out that I was taught so many lies. I was convinced of so many things that I am finding out are absolutely not true.

If I had to chance to raise my children all over again, the words of scripture would be my children’s second language. ~ Eudora 01/18/2014

NOT EVERYONE WILL GET THIS: Perhaps the most loving action in God’s way of teaching us and to get our complete attention; is to draw us to the cave of Adullam ~ Eudora 01-17, 2009

If I wrote down everything I saw in a day, and everything that moved my soul, and I read it at the end of the day, it wouldn’t surprise me to find the signature of God at the bottom of the page.
~ Eudora 08-30-06

If I pledge just my faith alone, He will provide. If I step out and pledge a seed in faith, He will water and fertilize that seed.
~ Eudora 2007

I may not be who everyone expects me to be, just the one I choose to be. ~ Eudora 02/19/2011

And finally, The false narrative of ‘Families Without Borders’ just doesn’t make peace in truth, within the family structure. We can and should have perimeters and borders within the family. Just because we are related, this doesn’t give us a free license to hurt one another. After all, just because there was murder within the first family unit, doesn’t make it ok. Cain did not have any right to kill his brother Able. If it is with-in us to live peaceably with all men, then that is what we all ought to do. ~ Eudora 10/11/2018

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TRUMPETS 2018

I can think of nothing more important in my life than to celebrate the impending return of Jesus Christ, whom I most often refer to as Yahushua, His given Jewish name.

Every autumn the Hebrew community observe a holiday called Rosh Hashanah meaning head of the year because this day begins their Jewish civil year. Today is the day of that celebration. Many people like myself also celebrate the holy days that God commanded.

To be clear, if one thinks that the feast days are for the Jewish people only, they would be wrong because they actually were declared by God, to be His.

Leviticus 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of יהוה, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts.

This biblical festival that I celebrate today is known in scripture as Yom Teruah or The Feast of Trumpets. Each year in the city of Jerusalem, the Israelites annually use a shofar or a rams horn to usher in this feast, once the sliver of the new moon is viewed. It’s the blowing of the trumpets that announces that the sliver of the new moon has appeared and the Feast has begun.

Leviticus 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

‘a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation’, I will come back to this later.

The trumpets are blown, signaling to the faithful that there are ten days before the next holy day that the God of Israel ordained. This means that the faithful have ten days to make their petition of repentance known to The God of Israel. That day is called Yom Kippur or perhaps otherwise known as the day of atonement.

Now I want to share something that the apostle Peter wrote:

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. ~ 2nd Peter 3: 3-4

This is proof that almost from the time of the writings of those believers like Peter, many believers had been wondering about the prophecy of the return of Jesus Christ, as He Himself had said.

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” ~ Matthew 24: 29-31

Did you notice that His return is accompanied by the sound of a trumpet?

These people at the time of Peter, these mockers and false teachers believed that since Jesus had not already returned, that He would ‘not’ be returning.

People have said this for almost seven thousand years. There were even some folks in the New Testament that thought that He was coming in their own era so it is not surprising that we would have scoffers here in our era too.

Peter tried to reassure his audience, by telling them that one day with the LORD is as a thousand years and that God is not slack concerning His promises. But make no mistake about it, every eye will see Him when He returns. It will not be a hidden secret.

Revelation 1:7 Behold, %red He cometh% with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, amen.

Christ’s first coming was to stand in our place and receive the penalty exacted for sin. Because of Him, we no longer have to suffer being stoned to death for breaking God’s law because He paid our penalty for sin. His second coming will defeat sin for all eternity and He will finally deal with the issue of death, the last enemy.

1st Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

I am fairly certain that many folks think that He conquered death for all humanity. If He had, death would have stopped after He was resurrected.

Up to now, death has been the lot of us all. But in that final day, the last enemy (death), will be destroyed and the shroud of death removed.

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Master יהוה will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for יהוה hath spoken it. ~ Isaiah 25:8

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from Mine eyes. ~ Hosea 13:14

I actually like this because once death has been destroyed, then the only thing left would be eternal life because no one would ever die again.

Something interesting I want to point out is that Passover was fulfilled in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified for our sins on the very day Passover was celebrated in that year.

Pentecost was also fulfilled on the very date, the seventh Sunday after First Fruits, when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the early church. By the way, First Fruits was also fulfilled on the very day that God ordained in the same year that Yahushua was crucified too.

Knowing this truth, it seems highly likely to me that when Yahushua returns, that He will then fulfil the fall feasts that are written in scripture.

The Feast of Trumpets

The Day of Atonement

The Feast of Tabernacles

The 8th Day

The second coming of Christ is our hope and confidence that God is in control of all things and that He is faithful to His word and His promises.

Just before His arrival the world will be devastated. Millions of people will perish, and the most evil person in all history will be ruler of the entire world. We are obviously not there yet. But fear not, God raises people from the grave.

Perhaps no event in the history of the world has been more anticipated than the second coming of Christ. Every generation of believers, including believers in the New Testament, have strongly believed that Jesus would return in their lifetime.

The longer He delays the more we understand why folks would scoff walking after their own lusts. To avoid conflict, it may seem easier to roll with what goes on in the world than to stand against such nonsense and live a life expecting His return.

There are many folks like myself who live our lives as if He will return at any moment. The world is far more devastated than we hear about in America or that we are aware of.

Just because America is a super power, does not mean that it’s leader will be the anti-christ to come. This fella will rule the ‘entire world’ and will have many followers. And remember what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 24:

“Immediately ‘AFTER’ the tribulation of those days”, He would be seen coming in the clouds of heaven.

This is where Yahushua speaks of a time before His return when the earth will be engulfed in war, famine, disease epidemics, earthquakes and other colossal disasters. This era, called the great tribulation, will bring humanity to the brink of total destruction necessitating God’s promised intervention in human affairs. This is how we know that Yahushua will not return until ‘after’ the tribulation of those days that Jesus discusses in Matthew chapter 24.

The period of God’s intervention is called, ‘The Day of the Lord’. It is also a time known for the blowing of trumpets.

1st Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Indeed, the resurrection of the saints to reign with Christ will come at the sounding of the last trumpet.

When God calls for a convocation of His people to gather on a pre-set day each year, it’s like meeting with Him for a special appointment that He requested. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Infact the Hebrew word for ‘convocation’ is mikra. It implies a dress rehearsal.

On this beautiful Sabbath, The Feast of Trumpets, I celebrate with great joy and anticipation that one day, He will return and establish God’s kingdom on the earth.

Until then, I celebrate because to me, it is a rehearsal of the real thing. A preparation for a deep and spiritural reality. A great day of joy.

To all of you who also gather on this holy day, “Shabbat Shalom”.

AND: ‘A memorial of blowing of trumpets’

A memorial focuses on an event in the past that should come to mind when we celebrate it. The one time I can think of is when Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain when God gave them His Law. They heard the sound of His voice and to them it sounded like an exceeding loud trumpet.

Exodus 19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

God made Himself known to the people and those in the camp trembled at the sound of His voice. If any one of those folks were still alive, you can better believe that they would never forget what they heard. This sound would be a huge memorial to them.

One day soon, the trumpet will sound and every eye will see Him when He will make Himself known to every human being on this planet, just like He did on Mount Sinai.

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My Neighbor

I have been very saddened by the death of my neighbor Gary Hiatt, who finished his days this past Saturday morning.

The last time I saw him in the hospital, we talked about farm life, hay fields cattle and warm summers. We laughed a bunch together and he said something that day about parenting that touched my heart and made me cry.

Gary was a man who made me laugh often and helped me in a lot of areas of life. I sure hope I helped him too. Most of all Gary listened and listened well before giving me that look that I knew was going to follow through with honest wisdom. He was like a dad to me, someone that I could confide in and trust.

He never condemned, even when he was treated so rotten by certain people. He reminded me often of the technique of not saying a word and to keep ploughing my own field without trying to pull weeds out of someone else’s field. He was generous, comforting and kind. Gary was thoughtful. We just sorta looked out for each other over the years and now, just like that; he is gone.

It’s been pretty rough out here in our little community this year. It wasn’t all that long ago that our neighbor on the other side of us, Gypsy Loving died and at the latter part of July, her husband Bill Loving passed away too.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

From the day of our birth, our parents raise us up to be the people that we become. Its what folks say about us after we are gone that portrays our reputation and how we treated our family and friends that we leave behind. A good name will always be better than any fragrance that soon fades away.

Gary Hiatt was a good man and he will always be a precious memory; a sweet one at that.

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My Thoughts On the Kavanaugh Hearings

Thursday, September 27, 2018

My thoughts regarding the Judge Kavanaugh hearings held on the above date:

I believed her.

I believed him.

I do not believe that it was him that sexually assaulted her.

Without going into detail, but divulging a truth from my past that some of my Facebook friends are already aware of but most are not aware of; I have been in her shoes.

Having said that, I have ‘never’ been able to forget a single detail of the truth from my past. I find it hard to believe that any child or woman would or could forget any detail about their having been sexually assaulted in the past, no matter how long it’s been buried.

Except for the grace of God who makes all things possible, it wasn’t until these allegations came against Judge Kavanaugh, that it has occured to me that I could ask God for His favor upon me to wipe away these tears and reoccurring memories from my past. I will get there.

Nevertheless, I ‘do’ think that Dr. Ford’s testimony does and should go forward in our future to show both men and women nationwide that they can and should immediately come forward if either a man or woman are similarly or worsley violated.

I also note…. I never heard in Dr. Ford’s testimony where she even once refered to her accusation as a ‘violation’. I find this shocking because that is how I have stated in my past truth as a one sentence explanation – “I was violated.”

But what I do say to all those folks who did nothing on the Democratic side to protect Dr. Ford and her story from being shredded in from of our whole nation and brought to the light of God:

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. ~ Proverbs 6:16-19

A proud look: like the one on Senator Richard Blumenthal when he stood behind the Senator who told all men to ‘shut up’. That look on his smirking face runs chills up and down my spine.

Hands that shed innocent blood: This includes every abortionist who claims doctor status. This also includes the Democratic platform who supports the death of innocent blood. This also includes anyone who is claiming christianity and yet Democratic status at the same time because these folks have a part in or support the death of innocent blood which is against the will of God. I have said it before and I will say this again, this would also include anyone who votes for a Democrat to serve in any position in any political arena.

I struggle with the women who feel like abortion is their only choice just as much as I struggle with any human who is compelled to take their own life.

The devil was, from the beginning, a liar and a murderer (John 8:44), and therefore, as a lying tongue would be just as evil as hands that shed innocent blood (Innocent life killed in the womb), these things are hateful to God. WHY? Because they have in them the devil’s image and only serve his intentions and goals. This is his agenda.

I firmly believe that folks who support lying and folks who support a abortionist who shed innocent blood, are not bowing down to my God.

Jesus said: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. ~ John 10:10

This whole mess strikes me as an agenda against humanity to divide and conquer and to keep alive, the things that God hates. In that way, the devil also keeps moving along a false agenda to cause flesh and blood to viciously wrestle in the media and political arena and most likely and unfortunately in homes across America.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

The battle that we humans have always been in since the beginning of creation in the garden; is a conflict between good and evil.

I suspect that these allegations against Judge Kavanaugh has affected women nationwide who are ‘called’ survivors of their own violated past. I am offended that there are people who have the guts to refer to people like me as a survivor. Having lived through it, does not make me a survivor.

WHY do I say that? Because all of this repulsive attack against Judge Kavanaugh has opened up old wounds for me. So for all of you who still live with your own past like I do …. I cry with you.

I also find it interesting to note the following:

Kavanah, kavvanah or kavana (also pronounced /kaˈvonə/ by some Ashkenazi Jews) (כַּוָּנָה; in Biblical Hebrew kawwānā), plural kavanot or kavanos, literally means “intention” or “sincere feeling, direction of the heart”.

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Sweet Fragrance

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

When our prayers are spoken here on earth, they rise on up into heaven as if they are the aromatic substance of a burnt incense. The fragrance reaches the throne of God and heaven immediately begins to respond.

Sometimes the earth is even shaken like is mentioned in this text. For example, when the disciples prayed as they were assembled in the upper room, they experienced an earthquake.

We too can speak the word with boldness. Yahushua said that whatsoever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. If we request that the plans of the enemy be thwarted, they will be.

If we release the word of God here on the earth, heaven will respond by loosening His word from the heavens.

It might seem to be a mysterious way of getting His word born in the atmosphere but His word does go forth as if He has spoken it Himself and His word does not come back void. Why? Because we are repeating the word already spoken by His own mouth if we use His own words in our petitions.

Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Prayer is our most powerful source when we enter in the prayer of faith. Nothing is impossible for our God. Nothing.

The prophet Jeremiah wrote the words that God put in his mouth. He said: _”Call unto Me, and I will show you great and mighty things, which you know not.”

What ever has been hidden can be revealed by the hand of God. Our Father is dedicated to preserving a remnant of His people. His goal is to build a family that wants to serve Him in the way that He desires.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Folks, we can do nothing in ourselves yet He has chosen to use us in His mighty plan. The Masters plan requires human instruments but they must not ever glorify themselves. Keep crying out. Pray with out ceasing. If you really want to see the hand of God move in your life… stay in prayer and position yourself to stand and watch the heavens move on your behalf.

When all else fails…. stand and conform yourself into the image of God who defends His people. Pray that He will conform you in His image and believe that He will do it. He will.

Be ye holy as He is holy. Defend the poor. Defend the widow. Lend to them as if you are lending to God.

Be generous. Visit the sick, visit those who are in prison. Assemble together in prayer and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Watch that power be unleashed. Bring down the holiness that is experienced in the heavenly realm. Move heaven; here on earth. Speak the word of God with boldness. Watch the hand of deliverance.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.

Intimacy requires interaction and interdependence. John has recorded how Yahushua describes our intimate relationship by us doing our part to stay connected and applying what we learn into obedience (the fruit). Yet seperate from Yahushua who has given us the down payment [Holy Spirit], we can do nothing on our own to force this relationship.

Our part in staying connected is to read His word daily, apply what we learn by putting it into action. We are required to abide in Him and this is one of the ways we can apply this commandment.

Pray without ceasing. Bring glory and honor with you to the throne room. Yahushua said:

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. ~ Matthew 21:22

And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. ~ John 14:13

Ask believing. Ask in the name of Yahushua because this brings glory to the Father.

God hears our prayers and He responds to our petitions in His perfect way and His perfect time. But I can guarantee that He keeps our prayers in a golden bowl and our tears in a bottle.

Revelation 5:8 and when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders threw themselves to the ground before the Lamb. Each of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints).

Psalm 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

He keeps them right there with Him in the throne room of heaven.

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A Tribute to My Dad

Harry A Nachand died on November 10, 2002 at 92 years of age. He was buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Or. He was born on March 25, 1910.

Harry A Nachand was my dad. He was born to Edward and Sarah Nachand. He grew up in his younger years in Washington State, even though he was born in Albany, Oregon.

By the time he was two years old, the RMS Titanic sank in April on its maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York City.

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In his youth, he and his brother Frank played during practices in Seattle with the Pacific Team, a minor league baseball franchise. Throughout his lifetime, my dad saw many new events that we call history but in his life, he was just growing up. He enjoyed watching his younger brother Tom who was a prize fighter. He and my Uncle Tom were really close but it was his brother Frank who taught him the art of fishing and how to tie his own fishing flies.

On the 9th of April, 1917 my grandfather Edward Henry enrolled in the military and seven days later, my dad’s father went off to serve in active duty in the United States Naval Reserve Forces 4th Class Reserve. While he was gone, his wife did the best she could to raise her children but Children Services stepped in and tore his family apart. They thought they knew better. All his siblings were placed in a Catholic orphanage. He spent many of those days passing the time fishing at a lake near the orphanage during the Summers and of course attended school at Queen Ann High School in Seattle.

My dad lost his youngest sister Loraine when she was the age of two, because she was adopted out of the orphanage. He never saw her or heard from her again. His other brothers and sisters Thomas, Emma, Elmer, Bertha, Frank and Rosco, all left the orphanage as they reached of age.

When he turned eighteen, just like all the rest of his brothers and sisters, he was able to leave the orphanage and was relocated back with his mother. But those years had destroyed his family and he was now of legal age and had to find work.

The great depression started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. He was 19 years old then and worked as a lumberjack with the Civilian Conservation Corps during this time.

He began to work at other various jobs here and there and landed a fairly good job with Boeing. When my dad turned 20, every state west of the Mississippi River allowed women to vote. Just eight years later, a clever fella by the name of H.G. Wells’ began to read his novel over the radio that began with the simulated words of “breaking news”, telling of an invasion by martians. How shocking that would have been to hear that on the radio, even at his age.

In May of 1937, the Hindenburg disaster occurred in Manchester Township, New Jersey and two years later on September 1st, 1939 WWII began.

My dad managed to work at Boeing the next seven years until 1942 when he joined the US Army Airforce. His own father eventually got out of the service because his own mother, my grandmother; Malissa, had died, so he was discharged.

The month before he joined, his dad, my grandfather, Edward Henry had passed away in February of 1942 in King County, Washington.

When my dad entered the military in March of 1942 he was at the age of 32. Two years later in September of 1944 my father developed yellow fever and received an honorable discharge a year later at Seattle, Washington. Originally when he first joined up, he was part of the The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) that was the aerial warfare service of the United States of America between 1926 and 1941.

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The USAAC had been renamed from the earlier United States Army Air Service on July 2nd, 1926, and was part of the larger United States Army. The United States Army Air Corps finally disbanded on September 18th in 1947, but by that time, he had already been discharged.

By July of 1948 he inlisted in the newly formed U. S. Army and served another three years there as a cook, serving fine food to the unlisted men of course but my dad was in high demand by the officers. They especially liked his baked chicken which I learned to make by watching him when I was growing up.

My parents had not yet met but in 1945 my mom received an honorable discharge at Camp Beale, California. She had served in the Women’s Army Corps at Indiana.

In August of 1946, my dad married my mom in the great state of Kentucky where she lived. They had been introduced by my Aunt Flora and corresponded through the mail before deciding to get married. After they married, like most all newlywed’s, they began to raise a family.

My dad still loved to fish and enjoyed picking berries only to come home and then make berry pies out of all the berries he’d picked.

His mom Sarah Ellen passed away in 1955 there at Albany and the following year in 1956 my dad became a press operator at Wah Chang Teledine and worked there till he retired in 1975. Even after he retired from Wah Chang, he went back a few years later and got a job as a security guard there too, working for Pinkerton Security. I think he probably worked another three or four years.

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He spent the rest of his retirement years watching baseball, wrestling and soccer but still took many a trip to Detroit Dam to his favorite fishing spot. He enjoyed his grandchildren and even took one of them in and raised him as his own until he just couldn’t do it anymore because of his faulting health and frailty.

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My dad received full military honors at his funeral preformed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4248. When he passed away, he had 15 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren- many crowns.

Today I stop and pause on the date of his death. If he were still alive, he would be 108 years old.

On what would have been his 100th birthday, my two brothers and I visited his and my mom’s grave there in Portland and had a pick-nic at a nearby park that had been established in 1910, the same year he had been born.

Then we traveled to as many places as we could where they had lived throughout their marriage. We finished off the day being joined by my sister Ruth at a nice resturaunt there in Albany.

My dad. A man of few words but when he spoke, you listened. My dad, a man who raised his children to know of the Lord and taught us all how to use our manners. My dad, a man who earned every single grey hair on top of his head and every wrinkle in his smile. My dad, a man who devoted his life in service to his country, his family and His God.

 

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