Skip to comments.Something to Fight For (My trip to see my 1st Grandson)
Posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:28 PM PST by Jeff Head
As many of you know, I took a trip with my youngest son, Jared, late last week from Idaho to Indiana and back. It was a "flying" trip in the which we left Thursday in the late afternoon, drove 1850 miles in 32 hours along I-80, arriving in Indiana at about 2:30 AM on Saturday morning. We visited my daughter, her husband and our first grandchild/nephew on Saturday and Sunday, helping to bless and name Breadon (a ceremony/ordinance in our faith), and then left Sunday in the late morning. We then drove 2100 miles back to Idaho. On the return trip we took the northern route using I-90 out of Chicago and visited my second oldest daughter in Bozeman where she works and goes to school.
On the way out, we saw FReepers John R. (Bob) Locke and Eustace (Rick) and his wife. We visited Bob in Cheyenne, WY over breakfast on Friday morning and then Rick over dinner in Iowa that same evening.
Unfortunately we did not get a picture of Roick and his wonderful wife ... but we sure did chow down at a great Buffet and have a great, constitutional and patriotic discussion.
Then, upon arriving in Indiana, we were able to spend some GREAT time with my oldest daughter and that beautiful, beaming and innocent as fresh snow garndson. Here are some pictures of that visit.
A nice home for a nice family, Braedon goes aloft, Braedon says hi while being held by Mom
Jared holding Braedon again, Grandad (me) holding the little critter, Braedon likes to play footsies.
My wife had spent 10 days there earlier helping the new Mom figure things out while she figured out what being a new Grandmom was all about. She liked it so much that I had to make the trip to see what Grandad was all about. Gotta tell you ... it's just another true indication of what life is all about ... after coming to know God, finding the right woman and having and raising good kids of our own in liberty.
Then we were off on the trip back. Here's a few pictures from that trip.
Great to see the Mountains again, Devil's Tower Plaque, Devils Tower, Wyoming
Jared at the Custer Battlefield Memorial, Custer National Cemetary, Jared and his sister Rachel
Now, let me say a thing or two about our nation.
I will defend with my life the liberty of my children and grandchildren. Nobody, foreign or domestic, will take away their liberty to live life free, to have the absolute minimum intrusion (as intended by the foundres) and to defend their own liberty as long as I draw breath.
The list of "nobodies" includes terrorists, foreign powers and any unscrupulous oath breakers amongst our own governmental officials, or any groups within the borders of this nation who would seek to do so.
I support our government's constitutional efforts to wage war against the enemies who attacked our nation. As I read it, the recent Executive Order calling for military tribunals for any foreign individual (and the order was very specific about it applying to foreign persons) particpating in terror attacks against our nation is fine and a needed provision for war time. I do not see it as a threat to the citizenry. However, the so called "Patriot Act" which takes freedom from all of us is not. The government has the tools it needs with respect to immigration, border control, visa control of foreigners and police powers for criminals to address these issues without curtailing the liberty of law abiding citizens.
The American people and patriots are aroused to defend their liberty, the government needs to make sure all of its actions are clearly pointed at doing that and not curtailing it. At the best, we help our enemies when we curtail the general liberty because that is the ultimate goal of those enemeies ... to destroy the liberty that hundreds of thousands have died defending, and therby destroy our nation. At the worst, such activities and curtailments are the acts of domestic enemies bent on ending American liberty and life as we no it. I will fight any such enemies to my last breath so that the coming generation, young ones like Braedon, may enjoy the liberty I have enjoyed, that my father enjoyed and that our bloodliines have enjoyed back to the American Revolution.
In conclusion, for anyone interested, our trip was great. That little critter, Braedon, is a joy and a God send ... and Jared an I are once agains back home with our own in our adopted and beloved Idaho.
I have read here on FR of your efforts on behalf of those there at ground zero. God bless you for it. I wish every American could see what you have seen, could sense with their physical senses what you undoubtedly have. Our resolve needs to strengthen and be firm ... I do not believe this is over yet, despite our current successes.
May God's richest blessings be with you and yours.
As a woman I say YOOOUUUCHCHCHCHC! C-Section here I come!
Either way, however the good Lord allowed him to come into this world, we're all so very thankful and humbled to have Braedon amongst us.
It is GREAT to watch your own children come face to face with the awesome responsibility of raising a child and see it's impact and change on them ... even if they have been good kids to date ... the awareness and realization can only come by experiening it.
Jeff, are you sure you are related to that gorgeous kid??LOL!!! I am so proud of you and can't wait to read your book....I will assume that I am immortalized in your story as a leggy, buxom outrageous blonde???
But he is one prcious little critter and I am blessed to have made his aquaintence ... nad looking forward to many years of interaction where he will probably teach me much more than I could ever impart ... though I will try in my own way.
Regarding the book ... in book two there is going to be a whole thread of the story relating to Klamath. Book kone touches on a lot of principles and other areas specifically in the buildup to and beginning of the war, but does nt hit Klamath specifically.
Fisrts printing is almost completely sold out ... when you get ready, order one:
Regards and best to you and yours!
I can still whup yer butt of the T's, Ol' Man!!
Congratulations, Ol' Man...ain't it about time you started worryin' about yer grandkids and quit procreatin'...?!
Then again, "...they come from Good Stock...on their parent's side...of course!!"
Hope all is well with you and yours, amigo.
We stopped at five my friend ... and now the time has come where the next generation is self replicating. Someone's gotta keep America strong! LOL!
Thanks for the congrats. and yes, the baby definitely has the "head" forhead and cranial nodules.
LOL! on the 11 grandkids. Start up a thread and BUMP me to it, I'll be happy to pass the kudos around!
The more good news, joy and foundational reasons for standing for our liberty we can share the better!
I feel as You do. Our Children ARE our future, without them there is no future. And I will do all I can to insure my daughter has a future with Freedom, promise and choices.
I've been remiss. I have reviewed the sample, the site and just need to scrape up the bucks to get it done. I need a good read and get off this site once in a while. I miss my reading time now spent Freepin.
It's an impressive read. I want to make sure you wear your boots and hat to the interviews and radio shows on the book tour. I can see you chewing radio heads like Peter Boyles of Denver and spitting him out like Skoal juice.
You are a talanted man. The Lord has blessed you in more ways than just family.
LOL...someone needs to knock some sense into me.
"Hope all is well with you and yours, amigo."
I assure you it is, my FRiend, and I trust they are with you as well.
Still in negotiations with the wife to convince her of the need fer a third...LOL!!
"...the next generation is self replicating. Someone's gotta keep America strong! LOL!"
Yep...I became an uncle two more times in the last six months and I can't wait to see all the cousins together fer the first time when "Cousin Ryan" brings his mommy and daddy back from Germany fer the holidays.
"...the baby definitely has the "head" forehead and cranial nodules."
We got a strain of that forehead thing goin' in my family tree as well...LOL!!
A good buddy of mine from UVA married a Bozeman girl and I was able to enjoy a glorious August week in Bozeman, MT just over four years back...never any doubt as to why they call it "BigSky Country." I remember just watching an afternoon storm rolling in between the mountains and enjoying Nature's fireworks from my Hotel Room window. My wife and I have seriously considered retiring out there some day, although I hear the Winters can be rather brutal.
Aren't Cross-Country car trips through this wonderful nation the absolute best?!!
BTW...good-lookin' group of kids and grandkids, my FRiend.
We came to appreciate an old saying there in Dillon, MT where we lived for several years. "When Winter's come, the undesirables go away." I would always Elk and Deer hunt late because right around the 1st week of November you would be inundated with Californians, Utahans, and all variety of "'ans". But, as soon as the snow flew (almost always sometime right around there) and the temperture plummeted, the backcountry went back to its uninhabited self.
Similar conditions apply here in Idaho as well and so we're real happy. Been here in Emmett over 4 years now and have probably sunk the proverbial tap root.
Best regards. Mat's out.
I look forward to hearing your comments.
I am saving all of the comments, reviews, suggestions to apply to volume two which I am itching to get into. I have all five volumes fairly well detailed and if a bigger company would just pick it up and fund the thing, I'd be writing for the next two years to finish the other four. I could do it now, but must focus on getting it up and running and making denero because we have taken the "leap" of faith so to speak and are betting the barn on it.
To date, though it has started to sell and is bringing in some dollars, it's still in the red overall. We hope that changes soon. This first printing (which, since it was funded with our own savings) is almost completely sold out. We will start to actally make money on the second order of books, of course presuming they sell too.
Stay well my friend and God's blessings to you and yours.
The more strong familiy ties and fathers and mothers raising good sons and daughters we have in this country, the better. It is what keeps us strong and gives our liberty meaning IMHO.
Would love to post a few photos of this awesome country's citizens, have a few great shots of ranchers in Montana, loggers in Washington, farmers in Iowa, bikers in Sturgis (a story in itself---Sheesh I never even heard of Sturgis until I just happened to be passing through during the annual bike rally---thought I had entered the Twilight Zone!)
I have an Olympus digital...but need to learn how to bring them online. Digital photography I know, internet skills I do not!!!!!
Regarding the pics ... your camera should have a way to download the pics to your computer.
What I do is this.
OBTW, I bumped a couple of my "Book" thread to your attention.
Ditto on the E.O. and the so called "Patriot Act".
It's a good thing to share the good that continues to go on around us amidst the uncertainty and turmoil, and which can keep us focused on what we fight for and why.
All of our rising generation, and securing their liberty, is worth fighting for.
Thanks for the help.
Most graphic programs have an option similar to this.