From the Heart...






Anything we turn in the direction of God is a prayer.
-Saint Ignatius Loyola


Be still and know that I am GOD
- Psalm 46-10





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Habitat for Humanity

CLICK HERE for Habitat for Humanity International







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CLICK ABOVE for The White Feather Foundation -
For the Conservation of Life





Sponsor a Child in Jesus Name with Compassion

CLICK HERE to hear my son, Chuck, tell how Compassion International
provides Holistic Development for Children Worldwide.

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CLICK HERE to read "A Mother's Burden is Never Too Heavy"
Carrie's trip (my daughter-in-law now also working with Compassion)
to South America with Compassion in 2007 to speak on behalf of poor children
all over the world and to experience the work Compassion is doing in Ecuador.

She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
- Proverbs 31:20 (NIV)


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Original design by Benay Fertal

Click ABOVE LAMB for Shelbi's Story




What Cancer Cannot Do...

Cripple Love
Shatter Hope
Destroy Peace
Kill Friendship
Suppress Memories
Silence Courage
Invade the Soul
Steal Eternal Life
Conquer the Spirit








CaringBridge®

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CaringBridge® allows people to stay in touch with family and friends during a
health crises, treatment and recovery. The goal of the service is to ease
the burden of keeping friends and family updated, while also providing a way
for them to send their love, support and encouragement.






The Safe Side

CLICK ABOVE LOGO for The Safe Side's "Stranger Safety"
Teach your kids to stay Smart, Cool, and Safe!
Courtesy of The Safe Side






The Gratitude Campaign

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September 11, 2001




September 11,2001




Click HERE for "The September 11 Digital Archive"




Ground Zero
Ground Zero
Ground Zero

Ground Zero
September 24, 2005

Photos courtesy of my son, Craig

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1908 Postcard
1908 Postcard
Ellen Clapsaddle, Artist
International Art Publishing Co.
Printed in Germany

1910 Postcard
1910 Postcard
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"One Nation Under God" Tribute





National Stroke Association
CLICK ABOVE for Information about Stroke






American Stroke Association Marathon

Jill crossing the FINISH LINE!
Jill crossing the FINISH LINE!
Jill Jones ran the HP Houston ASA Marathon
26.2 miles in 5:37!
Thanks to everyone who sponsored Jill
and to those who made me their
"Stroke Hero!"



Click HERE for American Stroke Association






American Lung Association

Click SKY above for American Lung Association
Improving Life One Breath at a Time



Click HERE for HEAL: Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana





Trail of Tears
CLICK ABOVE for the History of the Trail of Tears




Researching my Cherokee roots genealogy
Researching my Cherokee roots
genealogy 1996

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Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone,
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.

You did not know that I exist.
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
- Walter Butler Palmer (1906)




We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds
of the LORD, his powers, and the wonders he has done.
- Psalm 78:4 (NIV)



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Linden and Melinda Howell Gaddis Linden and Melinda Howell Gaddis Linden and Melinda Howell Gaddis Linden and Melinda Howell Gaddis Linden and Melinda Howell Gaddis

Linden & Melinda Howell Gaddis
My Great, Great Grandparents


Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae
Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae
Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae
Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae
Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae Robert and Ida Mae

Robert & Ida Mae (Gaddis) Young Family
My Great Grandparents
My Grandmother, Eula Mae Young, is the 4th (little blonde) from the left.



Cherokee Prayer Blessing

May the Warm Winds of Heaven
Blow softly upon your house.
May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there.
May your Moccasins
make happy tracks
in many snows,
and may the Rainbow
Always touch your shoulder.


The Trail of Tears
"The Trail of Tears"
by Robert Lindneaux
The painting hangs in the Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, OK














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