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Thanks, Gail! I know you had a great Daddy too--and still miss him very much.

Beautifully written--thank you.

Thanks for your comments. Yes, it's tough being a preacher's kid no matter what! I pray that in time your girls will realize the lasting and eternal affect their father has left on many lives. I appreciate my father's sacrifices more each year because he definitely lived with eternity in mind.

Thank you so much, Rachel, for this moving tribute. It helps me with our 'daughters of preachers'. Our girls are living these memories right now, and it is not easy at times. Thanks, for helping me remember the final purpose of our ministry...eternity!!

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