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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Monday, May 04, 2009

I Love This Kid

Although I guess if you call a Marine a "kid" that says something about your age.

This weekend has been good. Busy. Very busy, but very good. One of my sisters-in-law that we rarely ever get to see is visiting from Vancouver, WA. Its been fun.

I don't talk about them often because distance has made it difficult to really know my nephews but I have 8 nephews! With my own two sons that makes 10 young men coming up in the next generation of our family. Not a girl in the bunch until my oldest nephew just had a baby GIRL a few weeks ago. I am immensely proud of all of these kids. Of the 10, there are two ministers, an architect who is has some really cool new ideas for making affordable housing for low-income families, a few firemen, one police officer, a Naval Officer in training and several who are serving in the military. All great young men. Michael (pictured) is one of my nephews. The last time I saw Michael he was a little kid who picked on me the whole time. He found a special place in my heart by doing that. Crazy how that works. Now he's all grown up and serving in the Marines and his wife is expecting twins very soon! I really do thank God for Facebook because its a way for me to stay connected on some level with what's happening in their lives. This is a very recent pic of Michael. I look at it and am filled with pride and love for this "kid".

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