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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....04-25-05....Military Monday
Billie, The Mayor

Posted on 04/24/2005 7:41:48 PM PDT by The Mayor




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A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I could no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I had been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.
Still that didn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why we've created a place for just that. This is a friendly room in JimRob's house where FReeper FRiends can gather every day and just say hello if that's all they want to do.
There's more of course. We sometimes feature different FReepers, with a little background information on who they are and what makes them who they are, along with a few photos you might not have seen on other threads; sometimes others write an essay for us to post as the feature for the day; sometimes our presentation is a human interest story found elsewhere that you might not have read; sometimes special holiday threads; but whatever the topic of the day, it is always with FR's Finest in mind and that is YOU!
If you would like to be featured, or would like to see someone else featured, please send me a private FR mail.
Every Monday we will post the photos of FR's Military Personnel that I have collected and put into groups; these will be available to view through a link the remainder of the week - every day just a click away. :)   If you would like to add a photo of yourself or a loved one in the military, past or present, please let me know; I will hold it until I have enough for a new group.
Thank you, and please have fun with us...every day! ~ Billie

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Thank You For Serving Our Country!

TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete
MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1



TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet
MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga
BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc



TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette
MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid
BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf



TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP
MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian
BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma



TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett.
MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick,Leroy S Mort, Mark17.
BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau.



TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam,
dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony
BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang



TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx
MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law
BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.



TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68.
MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack



TOP:  Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog.
MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son.
BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.



TOP:  dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon.
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.



TOP:  ladtx #2 son; DiverDave's twin Don; petuniasevan and husband
poorman; Mustard; ladtx #1 son;
BOTTOM:  AlamoGirl's brother Floyd; AG's dad; AG's brother Jim (inset);
WVNan's husband; ladtx' Aunt Eva.



TOP: Mo1's dad; BuffyT's Uncle (right, w/ her dad & grandmother); Armymarinemom's 3 sons.
MIDDLE: ru4Liberty's dad; SheLion's husband, MaineRebel; wirestripper.
BOTTOM: fivetoes; bigghurtt; hurricane; ladtx' dad; Pippin's brother.



TOP: Repubmommy's brother, Rose in RoseBear's uncle, BoxerBlues' son Chris, BoxerBlues' son Brent.
BOTTOM: Rose in RoseBear's cousin's hubby, Deadhead's stepdad, Dansy's dad, Misty's brother.



LEFT: Little Pig; TOP: hattend, Old Sarge, Aquamarine's dad.
MIDDLE: HuntsvilleTxVeteran.
BOTTOM: Its_me_K.E.T.'s son, Veloxherc, SeeRushToldU_So.





                     








T.G.I.F. WEEKEND THREAD

04-22-23-24-05...T.G.I.F. at the Finest ^

Opinions by our own 'King of Ping'
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1 posted on 04/24/2005 7:41:49 PM PDT by The Mayor
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; dansangel; Aeronaut; deadhead; Diver Dave; ...


April 25, 2005

The Power Of Our Limits

Read:
Exodus 4:10-17

Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say. —Exodus 4:12

Bible In One Year: Psalm 43-45

cover Moses, on the occasion of his call by God, made excuses. "O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue" (Exodus 4:10).

The wording suggests that Moses had a speech impediment—perhaps he stuttered. But the Lord said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?" (v.11).

Our impairments, our disabilities, our handicaps are not accidents; they are God-designed. He uses every one of our flaws for His own glory. God's way of dealing with what we call "limitations" is not to remove them but to endow them with strength and use them for good.

In the New Testament, Paul the apostle referred to an unspecified "thorn in the flesh" that he repeatedly asked the Lord to take from him (2 Corinthians 12:7-8). But God said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (v.9).

Paul even learned to "take pleasure" in his troubles. "Most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me," he said (v.9). "For when I am weak, then I am strong" (v.10). —David Roper

All faithful saints who walk with God
Through weakness learn to trust His Word;
They're not immune to pain or tears,
But learn to rise above their fears. —D. De Haan

God's strength is best seen in our weakness.

FOR FURTHER STUDY
Surviving The Storms Of Stress
When Disappointment Deceives

2 posted on 04/24/2005 7:43:15 PM PDT by The Mayor ( Earth changes, but God and His Word stand sure!)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; dansangel; Billie; Aeronaut; deadhead; Diver Dave; ...




Below are names of some of our FReepers' loved ones who are serving our country. If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to Billie; Mama_Bear; Dutchess; Dansangel; Aquamarine, and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, and military personnel, and their families and friends. May God hold them close to His heart.

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Maigrey...................cousin
OhioWfan........................son
mystery-ak..........son, husband
Gogrammy................grandson
Inspectorette...................son
Blessed American..........nephew
Slip18..........................nephew
anniegetyourgun...........nephew
Diver Dave.......niece, nephew
ConspiracyGuy........2 nephews
Pippin..........niece, loved one
Pippin...nephew & his fiancee
weldgophardline.....brotherinlaw
jamaly.................brotherinlaw
Future Snake Eater..........cousin
WaterDragon.............grandson
WaterDragon...........son-in-law
BeforeISleep...................son
kimmie7......................brother
Armymarinemom............3 sons
american_ranger.............son
LadyX.........................grandson
fawn796.......................nephew
Dubya............................nephew
StarCMC......................brother
ValerieUSA..................2 sons
Lakeside......................2 sons
LakeLady.....................nephew
Spruce.....................daughter
Philman_36..............2 nephews
bjcintennessee.......son, niece
Ladysmith..nephew, friend's son
tina07......soninlaw & his friend
Katydidnt..........................son
MontanaCowgirlCop.......brother
Warrior Nurse...........active duty
SK1 Thurman...........active duty
David Osborne.........active duty
fc2tomschermuly......active duty
bkwells..................active duty
LongCut..................active duty
cjk..........................active duty
Trish.......................active duty
ODC-GIRL.................active duty
AF_Blue..................active duty
Notwithstanding.....active duty
thumperusn.............active duty
Q6-God.....................active duty
Q6-God...................twin brother
Veloxherc.................active duty
Don Simmons...........active duty
wingnutx..................active duty
Old Sarge................active duty
Bykrbayb.........................son
Hope and Glory................son
Walkenfree............2 grandsons,
3 nephews, 1 granddaughter
ariamne...............................2 cousins
Zechariah_8_13......brother-in-law, cousin
scubachick...............husband
ladtx........................2 sons
Its_me_K.E.T...................son
gator girl.................husband
severa.......husband, brother
Hostel......................cousin
MozartLover......son, nephew
LBGA...............................son
katykelly......................son
cookcounty.....................son
SpookBrat...nephew, cousin
Doug from Upland...son-in-law
Himyar..........................son
boxerblues................2 sons
the piper.........................son
sheeza.......................husband
kemathen7.................husband
Tiffee4Bob.................boyfriend
deadhead......................cousin
JimRobinson.........2 nephews
TexKat..............son, step-son
Consort..2 daughters,son-in-law
Darheel.........................niece
Donaeus......................nephew
dixie sass...................nephew
BeAllYouCanBe...................son
Repubmommy...............brother
AgThorn.........................2 sons
homeschoolmama.......nephew
kneezles.............................son
Rose inRoseBear...cousin's hubby
Skimask.......................Son
Atomic Conspiracy..half-brother
Atomic Conspiracy...nephew
Atomic Conspiracy..........niece
Sunflowergal..............grandson
visualops.......................cousin
Alouette..............................son
mrstank.......................husband
MrsMike31..................husband
eaglesiniowa.........................son
auboy..................................cousin
spotbust1.......................husband
Leofl......................................son
chena......................................son
campfollower.......................fiance
LUV W.........................................son
painter................................nephew
ProudAFDad.................................son
TheMayor...........friends'son & nephew
mhking.....................................cousin
Misty4jc................................husband
Colorado Slim........................ nephew
Tapatio..............................2 nephews
CGblue............................active duty
ak_daddoo.........................nephew
DirtyHarryY2K............daughter, son-in-law
nelibeli......................................nephew
bigghurtt...............................Active duty
frankiep................................Active duty



3 posted on 04/24/2005 7:46:22 PM PDT by The Mayor ( Earth changes, but God and His Word stand sure!)
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To: LadyX

Rus, PLEASE post this and the fantastic pictures for me
on your Monday Military Thread!!
It is perfectly safe to open the attachments to get to the original,
and you will LOVE IT!!!
I PROMISE!!
It was sent by a high school friend of Bernie's in Centerville, Ohio (outside Dayton) -
their group very conservative.
Do, though, issue a "Triple Tissue Alert"..... guaranteed to touch every reader.
Still dripping tears of appreciation and awe here...
Margaret
(and so impressed with your political campaign's flow!)
Hugs ---


Here you go Ma'am next post..!


4 posted on 04/24/2005 7:48:31 PM PDT by The Mayor ( Earth changes, but God and His Word stand sure!)
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To: LadyX
SOLDIER'S FUNERAL, TEXAS STYLE

People can talk about Texas all they want, but this has renewed my faith in mankind. God bless America. At least they give some respect for a soldier who has died. God bless them. Take a look at these pictures.

What follows is a message from Vicki Pierce about her nephew James' funeral (he was serving our country in Iraq): "I'm back, it was certainly a quick trip, but I have to also say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. There is a lot to be said for growing up in a small town in Texas. The service itself was impressive with wonderful flowers and sprays, a portrait of James, his uniform and boots, his awards and ribbons. There was lots of military brass and an eloquent (though inappropriately longwinded) Baptist preacher.

There were easily 1000 people at the service, filling the church sanctuary as well as the fellowship hall and spilling out into the parking lot. However, the most incredible thing was what happened following the service on the way to the cemetery. We went to our cars and drove to the cemetery escorted by at least 10 police cars with lights flashing and some other emergency vehicles, with Texas Rangers handling traffic.

Everyone on the road who was not in the procession, pulled over, got out of their cars, and stood silently and respectfully, some put their hands over their hearts, some had small flags. Shop keepers came outside with their customers and did the same thing. Construction workers stopped their work, got off their equipment and put their hands over their hearts, too. There was no noise whatsoever except a few birds and the quiet hum of cars going slowly up the road.

When we turned off the highway suddenly there were teenage boys along both sides of the street about every 20 feet or so, all holding large American flags on long flag poles, and again with their hands on their hearts. We thought at first it was the Boy Scouts or 4H club or something, but it continued .... for two and a half miles. Hundreds of young people, standing silently on the side of the road with flags. At one point we passed an elementary school, and all the children were outside, shoulder to shoulder holding flags ... kindergartners, handicapped, teachers, staff, everyone. Some held signs of love and support.

Then came teenage girls and younger boys, all holding flags. Then adults. Then families. All standing silently on the side of the road. No one spoke, not even the very young children. The last few turns found people crowded together holding flags or with their hands on their hearts. Some were on horseback.

The military presence...at least two generals, a fist full of colonels, and representatives from every branch of the service, plus the color guard which attended James, and some who served with him ... was very impressive and respectful, but the love and pride from this community who had lost one of their own was the most amazing thing I've ever been privileged to witness. I've attached some pictures, some are blurry (we were moving), but you can get a small idea of what this was like. Thanks so much for all the prayers and support."

These photos are awesome!!

Are you crying yet? I am, and unshamedly. God Bless our soldiers!!!!!!!!!!

Thank You Lady X

5 posted on 04/24/2005 7:52:12 PM PDT by The Mayor ( Earth changes, but God and His Word stand sure!)
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To: The Mayor
And now a word from our Sponsors of Free Speech
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6 posted on 04/24/2005 7:58:42 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: The Mayor

Morning, Mayor!


7 posted on 04/24/2005 8:03:43 PM PDT by tomkow6
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To: The Mayor; LadyX

Those pictures are in my favorites under tributes..I will never forget this..Thank you for posting it.

AMERICA.... HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE..

My gratitude to all who serve our country.


8 posted on 04/24/2005 8:11:37 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: The Mayor

Good morning, Mayor, everyone.

9 posted on 04/24/2005 8:25:25 PM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: Billie; Mama_Bear; dutchess; Aquamarine; DollyCali; The Mayor; JohnHuang2; ST.LOUIE1; Diver Dave; ..
Please, please look at #5 for a thrilling account (with her photographs of the grand tributes) of a funeral by an aunt of a 'Fallen Hero' in Iraq, and how their small Texas town showed their respect!!!

It is TOTALLY AWESOME!!

Be Proud, all you wonderful Texans --

It was sent by a high school friend of my husband's in Centerville, Ohio (outside Dayton) - their group very conservative.
Do, though, be aware a "Triple Tissue Alert" is in order..guaranteed to touch every reader.


10 posted on 04/24/2005 8:42:10 PM PDT by LadyX ((( To God be all praise and honor and glory -- )))
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To: The Mayor
God's strength is best seen in our weakness.

Happy Monday, Mayor. I know I haven't said it much lately, but thank you for the Our Daily Bread posts. I've been reading them even if I don't get a chance to ping back.

11 posted on 04/24/2005 9:07:39 PM PDT by tuliptree76
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Thank you, Mayor, and thank you Lady, for giving us this tribute! Makes me very proud to be a Texan and an American!

I don't know how it is elsewhere, but we in Texas always pull over to the side of the road and stop when a funeral procession goes by. But this........I'm speechless (well, almost! LOL)


12 posted on 04/24/2005 9:18:24 PM PDT by LUV W (Freedom is on the march. Freedom is the birthright and deep desire of every human soul.GWB 3-29-05)
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Is it my birthday yet? ;-)
13 posted on 04/24/2005 9:20:58 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Anagram of my screenname: TRUE UNCLE TRUER COCONUT)
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To: The Mayor; LadyX

I'm speechless....what a WONDERFUL tribute to our country. Wow.


14 posted on 04/24/2005 9:22:10 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (I'm praying for a LoganMiracle! It CAN happen!!!!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Sure. Why not.

Happy Birthday!!!!


15 posted on 04/24/2005 9:22:43 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (I'm praying for a LoganMiracle! It CAN happen!!!!)
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To: The Mayor

Good morning Your Honor.
As Tuliptree said, I also thank you for our Daily Bread, although I don't ping you back often. God bless you for all you do.


16 posted on 04/24/2005 9:32:05 PM PDT by Chong (America is Too Great for Small Dreams. Ronald Reagan.)
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To: LUV W; Brad's Gramma; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; Diver Dave; jwfiv; dixie sass; lonestar; Texagirl4W; ...
"I don't know how it is elsewhere, but we in Texas always pull over to the side of the road and stop when a funeral procession goes by."

We do in South Carolina, too, and all over the South.

(Don't think I'd try it on a California Freeway, though..:))

17 posted on 04/24/2005 9:32:26 PM PDT by LadyX ((( To God be all praise and honor and glory -- )))
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To: LadyX

I'm glad to hear that! I don't get out much! LOL!


18 posted on 04/24/2005 9:34:21 PM PDT by LUV W (Freedom is on the march. Freedom is the birthright and deep desire of every human soul.GWB 3-29-05)
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To: LadyX
(Don't think I'd try it on a California Freeway, though..:))

VERY wise choice...Although, I will say, watching the freeway shut down for President Reagan WAS a sight to behold....something I NEVER thought I'd see.

19 posted on 04/24/2005 9:34:37 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (I'm praying for a LoganMiracle! It CAN happen!!!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Another 2 and a half hours until it's official for me on the left coast.

Close enough for government work. ;-)


20 posted on 04/24/2005 9:36:59 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Anagram of my screenname: TRUE UNCLE TRUER COCONUT)
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