"There is no doubt that it is around the family that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues are created, strengthened and maintained."  
Winston Churchill

"In every conceivable manner the family is link to the past and bridge to the future." 
Alex Haley

"Other things may change, but we start and end with the family."
Anthony Brandt

"I have learned that the happiest people 
are those who think the most interesting thoughts.  

Those who decide to have leisure time 
as a means of mental development, 
who love 
good music, 
good books, 
good pictures, 
good company, 
good conversation, 
are the happiest people in the world.  

And they are not only happy in themselves, 
they are the cause of happiness in others."

William Lyons Phelps

I am so thankful to the Lord for what He has blessed me with. They say a picture is worth a thousand words....so I will let these pictures speak  volumes about the last half century of my life, and to image a few of those many blessings!
Jenni's family at Disneyland 2009
June and sister Bana 1945
Grandsons Cris, RJ and Cal 2009
Granddaughter Alex 2009
California surfing 
grandsons 2010
Robert, Jennifer, Christopher, Savannah
R.J. and Callahan 2009
Son Dean 1965
Son Dean 1992
The Ragsdale Family
Gramma, Chris, R.J. and Paula
The Crawford Family
The Thompson Family
"Like all the best families, wehave our share of eccentricities, 
of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements."
Elizabeth II
(And Ms. June says...amen!  :)
" In each family a story is playing itself out, and each family's story, embodies it's hopes and despairs."

Auguste Napier
"The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape , nor in our innermost hearts, never quite wish to."

Dodie Smith
"If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, 
all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you'll be going,

 "You know, we're alright!   We are dang near royalty."Jeff Foxworthy 

Dean and Laura 2008
Granddaughter Paula 2010
Ray and I 2008
Papa, Robert, Chris, 
RJ and Cal  2005
Jenni, Alex and Gramma 2005
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     Deep Purple recorded in 1957 by the Dominos
The Skillings Family