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Thanksgiving 2017

It would appear that the year 2017 is drawing to a close. Thanksgiving and my birthday is next week and we are driving to Texas to spend time with friends and family. I have not been back to Texas in quite some time. I probably have not been back home in 10 or 15 years. We will be spending Thanksgiving with Katy’s sister Lisa in Seguin Texas.

This year has been much better than 2016. Last year Katy had 5 surgeries and 2 stays in rehab. Katy has been experiencing a better quality of life and was approved for disability. I am so thankful that Katy is doing so much better this year.

This year has been filled with unspeakable horror and tragedy in our country. I am speaking of all of the shootings in churches all across America. In Texas 26 people were killed in a Baptist church by a single gunman. A next door neighbor to the church heard the shooting and rushed over to confront the active shooter and engaged him running him off the property. The good samaritan and someone else pursued the active shooter who crashed his vehicle and took his own life before the police arrived on the scene.

Churches are sanctuaries where people are supposed to feel safe and secure. Most churches are also gun free zones where people are not allowed to carry legally concealed weapons for self protection. Thanks to the recent violence in churches across America the church leadership are waking up and realizing that we are living in progressively violent times. The liberal media would love to make us think that the problem is gun violence. The problem is people are violent and they are using guns and vehicles to harm and kill other people. People are violent and they do not have any respect for the sanctity of human life.

I am thankful that our church leadership has agreed to us developing a church safety team. Our team has both current LEO and ex LEO along with civilians. Some of us are able to legally carry a concealed weapon due to SC CWP laws and we have volunteers who are not armed but are able to be additional eyes and ears on our team.

I am hopeful that during the Thanksgiving Holidays that families and friends can gather together wherever they chose to without any interference by crazy whack jobs who are intent on harming people. I am also hopeful that everyone will be vigilant and pay attention to their surroundings and be prepared to protect themselves and loved ones. Seconds count when the police are 10 or 15 minutes away.

Oh, did I say that I am on vaction for two weeks? This is the first time in 9.5 years that I have been able to take 2 entire weeks off from work. It is not that I have not had PTO to take, it is just that it has not been possible for me to be away from work 100% without having t answer work e-mail or my work cell phone. It is going to be very difficult for me to step away from being constantly available but hopefully I can figure out how to relax.

Here is to everyone having a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday season.


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