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Quadruple amputee undergoes surgery after Afghanistan blast
FOX News ^ | 4/16/12 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 04/16/2012 9:37:18 AM PDT by Kartographer

An Army soldier who lost his arms and legs during his third tour in Afghanistan last week underwent surgery Monday as supporters from around the globe offer prayers and messages of hope on a family website.

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, of Vassar, Mich., was injured when he stepped on an IED April 10 while serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is recuperating at a hospital in Germany and hopes to return stateside on Tuesday, three days after his 25th birthday, his father told FoxNews.com.

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Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, 25, of Vassar, Mich., underwent surgery on Monday following injuries he sustained last week while serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (TravisMills.org)
1 posted on 04/16/2012 9:37:23 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

Prayers up


2 posted on 04/16/2012 9:41:40 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Kartographer

Afghanistan and Iraq and the Middle East in general are not worth the sacrifices our military has made. The US is not in it to win it. I’m sorry but that is how I feel. IF those people want to fight and blow each other up until the end of time, so be it, but we should just let them. Protect our borders.


3 posted on 04/16/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: Kartographer

I heard the interview with his wife. Travis Mills is a true hero. Foxnews are updating his story now. The family website is being overrun.


4 posted on 04/16/2012 10:04:08 AM PDT by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: Qwackertoo

“Afghanistan and Iraq and the Middle East in general are not worth the sacrifices our military has made. The US is not in it to win it. I’m sorry but that is how I feel. IF those people want to fight and blow each other up until the end of time, so be it, but we should just let them. Protect our borders.”

You’re not the only one who feels this way. While hussein kisses the talliban’s butt, the taliban know there will be NO repurcussions for anything they do.


5 posted on 04/16/2012 10:24:25 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Kartographer

Prayers for this man and his family.

Looking at him, I despise Obama so much that I barely know what to say. Obama has been virtually colluding with our enemies, licking the toes of the Taliban, and tossing away our best and most loyal people.


6 posted on 04/16/2012 10:48:38 AM PDT by livius
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To: Kartographer

Thanks for this Kartographer. I have been following this young man, and today realized that we can follow him and his family via Twitter and Facebook.

I want to keep bumping this thread, as while he is back in the states, he has had several more surgeries and though he does not complain, currently they are having trouble relieving his pain enough for him to sleep : |

Please pray for this true hero and his family.

Dear God, please help to ease his pain, and give strength to his loving family. And Lord, I pray that he may be healed so that he can watch his daughter Chloe grow into a beautiful young woman, and grow old with his loving wife, Kelsey.
Tatt


7 posted on 04/27/2012 3:41:26 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Brad's Gramma
BG, could you please read my post at 7 and do your magic prayer ping thing. I would be so grateful. Twitter - travismills.org ‏ @travismillsfund May God bless. Tatt
8 posted on 04/27/2012 3:45:49 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; al_c; ..

Prayer Warriors, please read this whole thread AND post #7.

And....pray for Sgt Travis Mills and his family!!


9 posted on 04/27/2012 4:35:19 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Will you please link his FB page too?


10 posted on 04/27/2012 4:51:14 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Prayers for this young man and his family. I pray that Our Lord eases his pain, both physical and mental. I also pray that He eases him into some restful sleep, free of torment. Sad story and he and his family will be in my daily prayers.


11 posted on 04/27/2012 5:17:28 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Brad's Gramma

These kinds of things just add fuel to the anger at how seak our leaders are. Because their policies are so crazy, our finest young people are being killed and maimed. Prayers for this family and for Travis.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 5:20:58 PM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: WVNan

weak, that is. Weak, dadblast em.


13 posted on 04/27/2012 5:22:32 PM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Prayer bump


14 posted on 04/27/2012 5:25:09 PM PDT by Tribune7 (Oh, the irony)
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To: Brad's Gramma

This is all I have since I am not on FB : / It is from his website. I hope it helps.

Thank you SO much!!!!

http://www.travismills.org/Facebook.html

Matthew 18:20 For where there are two or three gathered together in My name, there am I amidst them.
Tatt


15 posted on 04/27/2012 5:52:19 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: momtothree

Beautifully said. Thank you So much my FRiend.

May God strengthen this fine young man and his loving family and friends.
Tatt


16 posted on 04/27/2012 5:57:26 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: WVNan

Amen to that, FRiend.

May God give us all the strength we will need to turn them out.
Tatt


17 posted on 04/27/2012 6:08:41 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Thank you!


18 posted on 04/27/2012 6:41:50 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Thank you for letting us know. Prayers continue...


19 posted on 04/27/2012 8:52:42 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: thesearethetimes...

amen and bttt


20 posted on 04/27/2012 10:47:12 PM PDT by amom
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To: Brad's Gramma

BTTT


21 posted on 04/28/2012 2:19:36 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: E.G.C.

Prayers that the Lord will take what is bad and turn it into what is good. . for healing and help.


22 posted on 04/28/2012 3:12:53 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: Alamo-Girl; amom; E.G.C.; Twinkie; Brad's Gramma; Tribune7; WVNan; livius; Kartographer; ...

Thank you all. For the thread, the prayers, and for the bumps.

Here is a link again, to his website, and to the links for Facebook and Twitter.

http://travismills.org/Facebook.html

May God bring peace and healing to Travis, and strength to his wife Kelsey.
Tatt


23 posted on 04/28/2012 6:27:58 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

BTTT


24 posted on 04/28/2012 6:42:53 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Brad's Gramma; All

Keep those prayers lifting folks, because it is working!

Kelsey had not posted since the 26th when an attempt to ease the pain through spinal stimulation did not work : | but this morning she just posted this on twitter - “Travis got a good night of sleep, and he is sleeping now hoping he can just sleep through the whole weekend!! He needs to catch up on sleep!”

Thank you all again, and may God bless and keep you all.
Tatt


25 posted on 04/28/2012 7:42:05 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Thanks for the link to Travis’ page. Prayers continuing.

BTTT


26 posted on 04/28/2012 8:39:05 AM PDT by amom
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To: thesearethetimes...

So very good to hear Travis got some good sleep.


27 posted on 04/28/2012 8:41:03 AM PDT by amom
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To: amom

Wasn’t it though! Sleep is so important to healing, both physically and emotionally, as any sleep deprived new mom can attest to : o

Dear Lord, please continue to keep watch over Travis and his family, and give them all the strength and the patience they will need to get them through this indescribably hard time.

Thanks again amom, for the prayer bump. (Great screenname btw, small smile.)
Years ago, our kids elementary school, (small town, but still innercity), put on a “job fair” in the gym and the cafeteria, and asked parents to come in and man tables, to talk to the kids about what they did for a living, and how they became qualified for that job. We stay at home moms did a table, and had signs that said, “We may be “justamom”, but we do the most important job in the world.”. Our message was that without Moms, there would be no one in the school, or the world for that matter, at all, and that with Dads, (a very, VERY close second in importance ; ) our job was to raise good, strong, capable human beings.

Sorry for the rambling, lol. Probably should have FReepmailed, but what the heck, maybe it will bump Travis’ prayer thread, small smile.

May God bless.
Tatt


28 posted on 04/28/2012 1:49:50 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...
Amen.
29 posted on 04/28/2012 9:19:06 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: thesearethetimes...

Nice ramblings tart. 8D

Just said a prayer for Travis in church.

Travis bttt.


30 posted on 04/29/2012 11:27:08 AM PDT by amom
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To: Kartographer

Oh Lord, give this young man strength to bear
his wounds.

Reading about men like this and then having to
listen to the tantrums of Occupy protesters,
makes me see red.


31 posted on 04/29/2012 11:34:25 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Qwackertoo
IF those people want to fight and blow each other up until the end of time, so be it, but we should just let them.

I agree. Our supposed "allies" that we are babysitting in the region are just as much stone aged, duplicitous barbarians as the Taliban are and will be until the end of time and not a single one of them is worth a drop of American blood.

32 posted on 04/29/2012 11:37:07 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: tet68

Amen tet68.


33 posted on 04/29/2012 12:10:05 PM PDT by amom
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To: tet68

Amen tet68.


34 posted on 04/29/2012 12:10:28 PM PDT by amom
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To: tet68; amom

Thanks so much, for the prayers and the bump, ya’ll.

From what I have read on his site and their twitter accounts, he was finally able to get somewhat decently caught up on his sleep this weekend, which is really great news. Hopefully Kelsey took the opportunity to rest as well. The strain of watching her husband in such pain, balanced with the necessity of being a tuned in mom for their for their little girl, is certainly wearing on her, whether she realizes it now, or not : /

Prayers everlasting for all of them, as they come together to work to get through this.

May God bless.
Tatt


35 posted on 04/30/2012 11:55:25 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Kartographer; All

Here are a few more updates, from the bottom up - the 29th, the 30th and then today on top. Also included a link to a great video made by Travis’ cousin. It was made to promote a fundraising run, but it is a REALLY wonderfully, powerful video. Warning - Don’t watch without a tissue : \

Thank you Lord, for this amazing young man, his family and friends, and thank you for such awesome FreeRepublic prayer warriors.
Tatt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=737feFHXDEI

From this morning - “PT is hoping to get Travis down in the gym today on the mat! @travismillsfund”

UPDATE FROM KELSEY MILLS (4/30 @ 4:00PM CDT)

Travis has had a long day. Had had an MRI on one of his legs though. It was clean, though. Thank God! His epidural was just making his leg numb, so he was unable to have full range of motion. He also got a custom wheelchair made for him, and he was able to drive up and down the halls. He did a lot today, so he is tired and hurting, but he is doing well! Going back in two hours to watch Monday night TV with him!

UPDATE FROM TRAVIS MILLS (4/29 @ 9:00PM CDT)

Thank you for all the love and support. I am doing well. This is a slow, day-by-day process, but with my family and friends by my side I’ll keep moving forward.


36 posted on 05/01/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: All; Brad's Gramma; Alamo-Girl; Kartographer; Kathy in Alaska; onyx; Quix; Jim Robinson

Wednesday morning Prayer Bump for Travis, and Justin, and so many others.
I am ever in awe of the strength of these young men and women, their families and friends. They are truly, what makes America great. May God bless them, every one.

The link is to a very powerful video. It’s original intent isto promote a 5k race in Travis’ honor, but it communicates so much more. About Travis, and about the kind of good folks who put it all on the line for freedom, for people who don’t even know them.

Dear Lord, please, keep watch over each and every one of them.
Tatt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=737feFHXDEI&feature=youtube_gdata_player


37 posted on 05/02/2012 5:03:01 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Thank you for the link. Prayers continue...


38 posted on 05/02/2012 7:07:06 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl; All

Thank you! Here is the latest update. It fills my heart to read them.

UPDATE FROM KELSEY MILLS (5/1 @ 9:30PM CDT)

Got to have dinner and snuggle with my hubby!

UPDATE FROM KELSEY MILLS (5/1 @ 11:30AM CDT)

Travis has already had a long but productive day. We went down to the gym. He got on the mat and did some exercises. The physical therapists said he is doing awesome. He is doing 2 to 3 weeks advanced work for his first time in the gym. He was also able to see himself in the mirror for the first time today. It was very emotional. He is absolutely exhausted now and sound asleep after a nice bath.

Thank you Lord, for strengthening this young man and his lovely wife, and family. And thank you Lord, for strengthening us, when we reach out to You on his behalf.

Prayers everlasting.
Tatt


39 posted on 05/03/2012 5:35:54 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...
Praise God!!!

Thank you for the update. Prayers continue...

40 posted on 05/03/2012 8:01:00 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Kartographer; All

Friday Prayer bump, with two updates from Kelsey.

Prayers lifting for strength Lord, for Travis and Kelsey as they make their way through this trial. Please guide Travis’ medical team as they search for ways to bring him some measure of relief from his pain. And Lord, thank You, for such good people like Travis and Kelsey, and all of those from near or far, who are moved to reach out to them.

Father, hear our humble prayer.
Tatt

UPDATE FROM KELSEY MILLS (5/3 @ 8:15PM CDT)

Hanging out with Travis. He’s very sleepy. He has been all day since they upped his ketamine (an anesthetic drug) because the pain was so intolerable. They have two more trials, and we will decide which route to take this wekeend. Monday morning the next trial will begin. Travis’s brother, Zach, and his wife, Kassandra, are leaving in the morning. They said goodbye to Travis tonight while he woke up to take some meds. We will see them again soon though!

UPDATE FROM KELSEY MILLS (5/3 @ 4:00PM CDT)

Here’s a picture of Chloe from earlier today, and one of Travis with Kyle Maynard yesterday!

UPDATE FROM KELSEY MILLS (5/2 @ 8:45PM CDT)

Travis’s pain trial today was another failure. They have two more they will try later in the week. We were both very disheartened that the trial didn’t work. However, when we were feeling down we were picked back up by a very inspirational visitor, Kyle Maynard. (For those of you who don’t know about Kyle, you should visit kyle-maynard.com.) Kyle has done so much and proven to so many that anything is possible. Seeing him and hearing his stories was so critical for Travis, and has really aided in his mental recovery. He was able to see first hand that this not slow him down or stop him from reaching his goals!


41 posted on 05/04/2012 8:06:27 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Kartographer; Alamo-Girl; Brad's Gramma; Kathy in Alaska; All

Latest update from Kelsey, from Yesterday - Prayers are needed, for the healing of Travis’ nervous system, and for strength for Kelsey, in the face of so much worry. It is going to be a long five days for this young wife, and I am praying for her to take care, and to be strong enough to place it all in our Lord’s Hands.

Dear Lord, hear our prayers.
Tatt

“We are currently back in the MICU. The next step that the doctors are taking is a “ketamine coma”, where Travis will essentially be in a medically induced coma for the next five days. The doctors hope that while asleep his nervous system and brain will reset in a way and he will wake up with dramatically less pain. This trial has an 80% success rate, and the pain team has run out of options, so this has to work. I believe it will work. For the next five days, I will be holding my breath.”


42 posted on 05/05/2012 5:01:35 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Thank you for letting us know. I join in earnest prayer for the success of this procedure.


43 posted on 05/05/2012 8:53:07 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl; All

Thank you! Here is Kelsey’s update from last night. Prayerfully, we will here more good news later today!

“”UPDATE FROM KELSEY MILLS (5/8 @ 6:00PM CDT)

Travis is doing good. His vitals have stayed stable. He keeps running a low-grade fever, but it’s nothing too concerning. He is pneumonia free, which was a big risk. He is responding to commands, which is reflexive, and is able to shake his head “yes” or “no” correctly. He won’t remember, but that’s good. So far so good. We are all just anxious and nervous for tomorrow night.””

May God bless.
Tatt


44 posted on 05/09/2012 4:48:22 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Bump and prayers for Travis and his family.


45 posted on 05/09/2012 4:55:37 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: thesearethetimes...
Praise God!!!

Thank you for the update. Prayers continue...

46 posted on 05/09/2012 8:29:58 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl; Brad's Gramma; tet68; Kathy in Alaska; All

Another update, with a prayer bump for Travis to recover from the ketamine therapy quickly, and emerge with less pain.

Heavenly Father, hear our humble prayers, to calm this young warrior’s mind, ease his pain, and heal his body.
In Your Holy Name.
Tatt

UPDATE FROM KELSEY MILLS (5/10 @ 9:00AM CDT)

Travis is awake and extubated. We are waiting for the ketamine to leave his system. He’s having a bad “trip” coming down. He seems to have calmed down slightly though. I’m sitting with him, reassuring him everything is okay, and that he is safe.

UPDATE FROM TAMMY BUCK (5/9 @ 8:00PM CDT)

Kelsey just called and said the doctors told her it would be about six hours before he woke up. Once again, Travis’s strength is underestimated. After only two hours, he was thrashing his head around and trying to push out the tube with his tongue. Kelsey talked to him and calmed him down. Now they’ve sedated him again (with a different drug). They will wake him in the morning when there are more doctors available to extubate and watch him. More to come in the morning.

UPDATE FROM TAMMY BUCK (5/9 @ 7:00AM CDT)

Today is the day we have been anxiously awaiting! Travis is going to wake up, face the day’s challenges, obliterate the enemy, and excel. I have great faith that his pain will be reduced substantially. There will be a hospital full of doctors, as well as his loved ones, there to witness it!


47 posted on 05/10/2012 9:49:08 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: amom; Twinkie; Tribune7; E.G.C.; momtothree; WVNan; Kartographer; stephenjohnbanker; ...

Hope I got everyone : o Long awaited update at 47!

Dear Lord, hear our humble prayers.
Tatt


48 posted on 05/10/2012 9:55:42 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Amen. Prayers up for Travis.


49 posted on 05/10/2012 9:58:20 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: thesearethetimes...

BTTT


50 posted on 05/10/2012 10:13:22 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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