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Joey and I had a good time during our trip to Springfield to visit Fred and Cindy.

Even the ride there and back was interesting. First of all, it rained on us from Fredericktown almost to Springfield. While we were there we were treated to a hail storm; hail the size of small marbles, but enough of them to cover the ground so much that there was still hail in the low places and ditches the next morning. The day we came home, we drove several miles through a thick white cloud, one of those where the car in front of you just disappears while you are looking at it. Nevertheless, the Good Lord brought us home safely. It is good to go places and see things, and then when you get back home, it is good to get back in your old familiar groove.

Fred and Cindy took us to nice places to eat, we saw two great shows at Branson and toured the live wildlife displays at the Springfield Bass Pro store. While we were lounging around the house, I found out that Joey is quite apt at working "word find" puzzles. He completed several in one of Cindy's books. What I do best is read, and I did as much of that as I had time for. Freddy always has a collection of interesting books, which he adds to from time to time.

So, back here at the ranch-house, I am still working on Chuck Missler's book "Prophesy 20/20," an understandable and informational book about world history, as recorded in the Bible, and chock full of prophecies which have been fulfilled, those that are still being fulfilled, and those which are yet to pass.

I'm sure God doesn't expect us to know everything there is to know, because of the many possible variations of our skills and opportunities, but we can know that the ways and information provided by God goes deep and wide, and that a person can go as deep as he wants to, or is able to, and still will not run out of God's revelations. I never was a very good student of history, but the Bible is different. It is the story of God and people, all the way from creation until now and even beyond, right into eternity. We can see the story still unfolding even as we speak. Who could not find this intriguing? Besides all that, it is a good thing to know where we're going, and what the alternative might be.

For our immediate future, we have the Madison County Singing Convention coming up the 4th Saturday of April (April 28), 6 p.m. at The Church of Many Blessings, corner of College and Saline, Pastor Ron DeGonia. Several people have expressed that they would prefer another night for our convention to meet, besides Saturday. So we plan to vote at the next meeting, for either Thursday, Friday or Saturday, to be the coming night of our meeting. Conclusion: Come Saturday night and vote. If you don't get the night you want, be a good sport and know that there will probably be another vote somewhere down the line, maybe a year later. The important thing is to join together in love for God and to enjoy fellowship with your brothers and sisters, in Him, while we have the opportunity to do so. Hope to see you April 28.

Jennie is a long-time resident of Fredericktown, an eclectic gatherer of stories, information, and experiences to share with whoever would like to read them. She can be reached at 573-783-6721 or by mail at 2040 Hwy 00; Fredericktown, MO 63645

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