i feel blessed to have been raised in a loving christian family. i have so many fond memories of our little country church, where the majority of my dad's family attended. i can close my eyes and see grandma and grandpa farmer at the end of their favorite pew. i can feel the wiggles of my younger brothers during the long sermon. spring brought lovely rays of sunshine through the stained glass windows and bird song from the big tree outside. as a family and a community we gathered there for simple sunday afternoon weddings. and as we laid our loved ones to rest we raised our voices to praise our maker with the words of "how great thou art". i was raised on faith, a strong foundation for living life with courage, dignity and humility.
and for that, i am most grateful!