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The disabled part three

Alison was once very outgoing. She was bubbly.  Sense the accident she was nore reserve. She was aloof.  She still just as bubbly on the outside but she would not let anyone see that side of her. She eas even reserve around her family. She was a little less rigid around them. She was still not quite the same old ali as she had been. 

She was ok w ith the move.  The whole family had suported the move including her. It was a good move for her dad. It was a huge promotion for him. It was a qiuet peacefull area. She liked the animity. In her old town everyone knew her secret.

Her old friends looked at her with pitty.she was liked a broken doll. They lost the respect they had had for her. She did not want to be considered damaged good. She was disabled not deflective.  

She liked tim almost from the beginning.  She was afraid. Afraid of how he would reactt if he knew the extent of her disiablity. 

It was a sunday he preached. She was excited to hear him preach. She liked to get dolled up anyways. She was very girlie. She could not wait to see him.

He arived at the church at the usual time. He was getting things ready for Sunday school. He knew ali and her family came for the morning service not sunday school. He was still woried that he would lose her to a more contempeary church. He tried not to dwell on that too much. It was hard not to. 

After sunday school he saw her family come into the sanctuary. He went over to her. He was always nervous around her. He did not want to be a past. 

It was not just nerves. It was a kind of butterflies in her stomic. He asked hia dad if the butterflies go away. He told him that he still got buterfilies when he saw his mom.  He did not know if that happened for everyone but it did for that.  He hoped that would be how it was for him and ali. 

He tried to get a hold of his whits. He took a deep breath and went over to her. “Hi ali.” he said. “Hi Timmy! ” she said in a playfull tone. “How are you?” he asked. “I am doing good.” she said.

“You look nice today.” he told her. She blushed a bit. “Thank you. ” she said with a huge smile.  “I meen it.” he said.”i know that. You look nice today too. ” she said. He thanked her.

“So are you preachig tonight?” she asked. “Yes indeed. ” he said.”excellent. “She said. 

She liked when he preached. She liked his dad’s preaching but she liked his preaching. She hoped she did not go too overbored with her flirting.  He feared the same thing .

She wanted to see him after the service. She was going to. She had some medical isues that changed her mind. They seemed to leave in a bit of a hurry. She did shake his hand on the way out.  

“I am so glad you all are coming. “Tim told them. They thanked him. He gave her a big smile and she winked at him. He beleved that things were good between them. 

That night,  he saw her and her family.  She came up to him. “Hi Timmy.  ” she said.”hi ally.”he said. She looked fine. Whatever the reason for the family rushing out she seemed fine now. 

“How are you tonight? ” he asked. “I am good..i took a nap this afternoon. I get tired easily.”she said. “I see. Are you feeling regreshed now?” he asked. “I am not planing to fall asleep during your mesege. ” she said. He smiled.  “Well Thats good to hear. First sign of eyes close i get the skirt gun out!” he said. “I realy hope your kidding.  ” she said.  “We will see. ” he said. They both laughing.  

She loved his sense of humor. She loved how he was so playfull. She loved to bantor back and frth with him. He loved her humer. He loved teasing her and being teased by her. He felt so at home with her.she felt the same way. 

She felt like she could be herself around him. She felt safe. She felt like she could let her gourd dowm even if it was for just a bit.  

He went back to the podum and got ready to begin the serice. She really admited him.  It was nice to see him setving the lord in the way he did at a young age.   She liked that about him.

He seemed older then he was. He was 25 but he apeared to be much older. He was mature but he had wisdom. He had the spriruel gift of teaching and posibly preaching as well. He loved the lord. 

He was a bit more comservitive then she was. She hoped he would not mind that she listened to contemporary Christian music and wore pants on ocasion. She was wiling to let him lead should They decide to marry one day. 

Then she got nervous.  Was she kidding ? Could he ever even consider dating her? Was marriage ever really a posibility? Was she getting too far ahead of herself? Was she hoping for something that would never happen.  Was she just kidding herself? She did not know.  

She was nervous. She feared getting too close to him. She feared his rejection. She feared his total acceptance only to be rejected later. She feared him losing interest after he learned the truth. She did not want that. She feared that was what would happen. 

She had to walk away. She could not risk being hurt. The days had been heard sense she was injured in the accident.  She felt like she had to claw her way to where she was now. She wanted to rest in someone else’s arm. She feared no one could accept her. She was content but wanted someone to spend her life with. She wanted it to be tim. Could he accept her. Why couldn’t she had met him before the car accident?  Why now?  

She tried to stay calm. After the service she said hi to him.”i liked your message.  ” she said. “I am glad ally. ” he said. 

“You are going to be used mightily for the lord. ” she said. “I realy hope so. I want to be. I want to do well abd finish well. ” he said. “Keep working at it. Dont give up. Press on. “She advised him.he promised her he would. 

She greated him on her way out. He shock her hand.  He greated her parents and sisters as well. He was glad to see her and her family. He really liked her. He was begining to think about her as a potential wife. He wanted to get to know her more. 

Next up

As tim and aly hang out more,  tim considers a posible future with her. Tim asks her out to a date but she declines due to her medical isues but regrets her decision.  

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No shoes girl

Brett was the son of a pastor. He was a bible college graduate. He was working at the church as an assistant pastor and youth pastor. He worked a secular job during the week. He had a good reputation at the church. 

Today was the day of the church picnic. Brett and his dad and other men in the church were grilling. Everyone was enjoying themselves. He looked around and he saw someone he did not recognize.  

She was a young lady . she was in her early twenties. She was with amy. Amy was a college student. He did not recognize the young lady who was with her. The lady wore a pink and black skirt. She was barefoot. She had ling brownish hair that was braided into a poney tail. 

He was curious about her. He was not sure why but he knew that he was. He kept griling. After a while, someone else took over. He could go over to see her.  He was really nervous. He wanted to go see her. 

He usualy not self conscious or nervous. This time he was. He tried to remain calm. It was not easy.  He almost turn back. He really wanted to say hello. He decided not to turn back. He went over to her. 

“Hi amy. ” bret said. “Hi bret. ” she said.”bret this is my friend jamie. Jamie this is brett washburn. He is the pastor’s son and assistant pastor. ” amy said. 

“Do i have to call you pastor washburn? ” jamie asked. “Yes. You do!” he said in a jocking tone. Then he added that he was just kidding.  She laughed. 

“Are you a student at biblical university?” he asked. ” yes i am.” she said. “Do you like it there? ” he asked. “I do. ” she said. “I went to fundimental baptist university. ” he said. ” oh no our teams are football rivals. ” she said.  ” not much of a rivalry sense our teams always win. ” he said. She laughed. ” i am not so sure about that?” she said. He chuckled. 

Amy found it interesting that they had really hit it off. She was not expecting that. She was not expecting that she and him would take to eachother. 

After a while they got some hamburgers and hotdogs and other food. They then sat down. Amy found that her monopoly with Jamie seemed to be at an end. She wondered if this would leed to something between them. She suspected that it would. 

“So where did you grow up?” he asked.”i am from riverview. ” she said. “You are from a ways from b.u?” he asked. ” yea. It is a bit of a trek. I dont get home as much as i would like to. ” she said to him. “Why did you decide on b u?” she asked. “I go to belmont lake baptist church. ” she said.”pastor milles lindstrom. That explains it. ” he said. ” he highly recomended it. I am glad i went. ” she said. “I really liked f.b.u. i enjoyed my time there. I miss it. ” he said. 

After the dinner, they threw away there trash. He noticed that she was barefoot the whole time. He never saw her shoes. 

They talked most of the whole afternoon. Amy could not compete. She was ok with that. She would let them talk and get acquainted.  Amy smilled. She wondered if she was witnessing the beginning of a relationships between the two. 

“Look where are your shoes?” he asked. “I dont wear shoes. I go barefoot all the time. ” she said. “You dont wear shoes?” he asked. “No. I dont own shoes. It has four years sence i last owned a pair of shoes. ” she said. 

“You dont own shoes. How can you not own shoes?” he asked. “I hate wearing shoes even flip flops. I found my shoes never stayed on. I decided why do i brother to have shoes. I got rid of them. I have never regreted it. ” she told him. 

“Do they mind at school?” she asked. “No they dont. There was no policy that sated that students have to wear shoes. I talked it over with the faculty and they agreed to let me go barefoot. I work at a library over the sumer. They alow me to go barefoot. I love going barefoot.  I love the feeling of it. No shoes ever. ” she said.

“Your never going to wear shoes again?” he asked. “No. Never. ” she said.  ” i see. I am surprised. I did not know anyone went batefoot any more.” he said. “Yes i do. ” she said. 

He was surprised.  He liked her. It was not that odd he suposed.a wife that went barefoot was not that unusual. 

Bret and Jamie continued to stay in touch . they communicated on the phone or though email and social media. She came to see him on several occasions staying with amy. They hung out most of those weekends. Of course she was barefoot. 

He went to her graduation.  She moved to the same town as her church. She became a member. She was quite active in the church. They began a courtship . after a time he proposed and she agreed. 

They were marred at the church. She was barefoot of course.  She was a traditional kind of wife. He became a pastor of a church not to far from his patents.  She became pregnent with thete first child .she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. A couple years later she had a baby girl..they lived hapily ever after.

The end. 

 

Zoey

Zoey had a great life. She was loved by her parents.  She was well provided for and cared for. She adored her parents and looked up to her as role models.

Zoey was very smart.  She was talented. She got goos grades in school. She received awards for being a young scholar. Her standardized test scores were very high. She was very athletic but she also liked art. She liked yo draw and paint.  

She was very funy. She liked to joke around. She never got onto trouble.  She stayed home except fot school activities. She enjoyed hanging out with her parents.  

They had always been close. Sense she was a little girl. For the longest time it was just her and her parents. Due to medical complications, her parents did not believe that they could have any more children. When zoey was 11, her mom got pregnant with her sister. When she was 14, she had another sister. 

What zoey did not know waa that she was adopted.  Those she beleved were her parents were not his birth parents. They did not want to keep this from her. They were reluctent to tell her. 

To them,zoey was just as much blood as there other kids. They loved her more then anything.  She loved them.

They were not sure when to tell her. They knew that they probably should have told her long before but they fid not.   

There were multiple reasons why they did not want to tell her. They did not agree with the reasons behind her birth parents decison to put her up for adoption. They did not want to tell her the truth. They were devisated each time they thought about it.  

They knew it would not get any easier.they knew that they had to just do it. She came home from school. They had her favorate cup cakes. She sat down. 

“Sit down hunnie.” her mom said. She sat down.  She had no idea what is going on. “Hunnie, you know that we love you very very much. ” her dad said.”of course i do. You guys are amazing.  ” she said. 

“We do love you more then we could ever say. ” her mom told her. She knew something was up. She had no idea what he was. She was afraid that it might be a health concern. Both her parents were fairly healthy.   There was always that fear. 

She could tell that her parents were fighting back the tears. She had no idea why. She was really spooked. Her parents were very happy people. They were almost never sad. 

She was really confused and now a little scared. “What is going on?” zoey asked. “Well. You see. You were adopted. We adopted you when you were a todler.” her dad said.

Zoey was totaly shocked.  She had no idea that this was what was going on. She never would have thought that this was the case. 

“Im adopted?” she asked.  “Yes. We adopted you. ” her mom said. “Oh my! I had no idea . ” zoey said. “I understand that this is quite a shock. We love you as if you were our own.to us you absolutly are. ” her dad assured her. 

“Do you know who my birth parents are? ” Zoey asked. ” yes we do. “Her dad said.  “They are still alive? ” she asked. “To the best of our knowledge,yes. “Her mom said.

“Do you know why they gave me up for adoption? ” she asked. Her mom took a big gulp. “We do.  ” her dad said.  “What was the reason? ” she asked.  ” well you see . They had a dog. It was your farthers prized dog. Aperently you were alergic to the dog. The doctor said that you and the dog could not co exist in the same time. ” her farther said. 

“They gave me up because i was alergic to the dog. They loved the dog more then me. They chose the dog over me?” she asked.

“I don’t want to speak ill of your parents.  You were well cared for during your early years. ” her mom said. 

Zoey was totaly shocked. She could not believe all of this. “Look we chose you. We love you. We are your parents.  That will never change. ” her dad said.

Zoey cried a lot that night. She recovered from the shock. She loved her adopted parents. They were her real parents as far as she was concerned.  

She wanted to meet her real parents.she just wanted to meet them. She did research. She found them. They still lived in the same house they lived in when she was a baby. 

The summer before she started colege,she drove to the house she spent the first year of her life there. She did not remeber any of it. 

She saw a younger girl . she was about ten. ” hello” she asked.” is your mom and dad home? ” zoey asked. She went inside and got her mom. Her mom came out. 

“Hello! Can i help you?” she asked. “Are you kendra Lester? ” she asked. “Yes i am kendra. Who are you?” she asked. “I am zoey. I wanted to meet you. ” she said. 

“Sarah why dont you go play in the play room with your brothers.keep the dog in the other room ” kendra said. She went to the other room. 

“Are you in colege?” kendra asked. “I huat graduated . i am going this fall. “Zoey said.  “What place did you graduate in?” she asked. ” fith. ” she said. “Good for you. ” kendra said.” are you still alergic to dogs?”she asked. “Yes i am. ” zoey said.

“When did you find out?” she asked.”recently. ” she said the door opened.  Greg entered. “Kend,is someone hear?” greig asked. ” yes . This is Zoey ” kendra said. 

“Who do you know my wife. Wait a minute that zoey?” greg asked.” yes. That Zoey. ” kendra said. “Were your step parents good to you?” he asked. “Yes they are. ” Zoey said. “I am glad to hear that. ” greg said .

She decided to go . she said her goidbyes. Greig walked her out. ” you probably  dont understand our decison to give you up. ” greg said. “It is a bit disconcerting. ” zoey said. ” duke was not just my dog. He was my budy. He has been with me a long time. I know you don’t understand. You seemed to have great step parents. ” Greg said. She did not want to argue with him. 

She could not wait to get back to her parents. They were her real parents as far as she was concerned.  That was all that mattered. 

The end. 

The allergy 

Greg had always been a dog lover. He had a dog sense he was a little. He got duke sense he was a puppy. They were best friends. When he got home from work, duke ran to the door waiting for him. 

On saterdays he and duke walked to a nearby park and then back home. It was there rituel. Saterday mornings, duke ran to the door as a hint hint. Grieg was happy to oblige. He looked froward to it himself. That was saterdays.  Neither one would have it any other way. 

Duke was super friendly.  He liked to go over to people and he let them pet him.he almost never barked. If he barked, he was a quick bark. It was a friendly and playfull bark not an angery one.  

It was Saturday morning when one such person petted duke. It was a young lady naimed kendra. While duke liked everyone for the most part, he seemed to take a special liking for kendra. Kebdra was quite smitten with him. 

“He is a friendly dog.” she said.  ” he is great. He has always been. Sense he was little. ” greg said.  “You certainty are. ” she told the dog as she petted him.  

While he liked meeting people.  He never forgot her. Her image stuck with him. It was a good size  city. He figured that he might never run into her again. He assumed that he would forget about her. She might become a foot note into his history. That was ok. It was how things happen. 

The next city, he saw her.he saw her for several mouths. They said hello. They became closer and closer. They started to talk quite a bit. At first they only talked smal talk. Over time they went deeper. 

After several mounths of runing into her, he asked her out to lunch.they went to an outdoor cafae that welcomed dogs.  There was no way that they were going to exclude duke sense he was the one that brought them together.  

The first date was amazing. Beside love of dogs, they had a lot in common. They decided to go on a second date. The second led to a third and a fouth and fifth  and so on and so forth.  

After a time they decided to become an actual couple. Then after a time of dating he perposed. He put the ring in duke’s coller. She did not see it at first. He waited for her to see it. 

She smiled.  “Whats this?” she asked.he chuckled.  “Thats kind of odd!” he said. She stoped. He got on one knee and proposed..she hugged him and said yes. They kissed. She hugged duke as well. 

At the weding, duke was the best man at the weding.  While some in the church were a bit skidish about having a dog in the church, duke was quite the charmer. He won everyone over. He was a big hit.

The wedding was a huge success.  It was everything they hoped it would be and more. 

Duke was almost like a child. Even a friend or roomate. Duke seemed to be a full fledged member of the family. Some in there iner circle of family and friends were happy for them. They thought it was amazing.  There were manny who were huge fans of it. 

While others thought it went too far. Many feared that the dog was going to be there kid.  Both sets of parents were concerned that the dog replacing a real child. They wanted human grand children. They began to suspect that they were not going to have children. 

Then kendra was late for her period. A pregnancy test revealed that she was indeed pregnant.  After super,she gave him the news.

“Hunnie i have to tell you something! ” she told him. “Ok. Whats up? ” he asked.  “We are having a child.  ” she said. “Really? Thats wonderful ” he said.

He hugged her. He hugged duke.he was really excited. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl. They naimed her zoey grace. 

Zoey was a sweet little girl. She brought a lot of joy to the family.  She and duke got along famously.  They taught her to be gentle. 

Things went great. Zoey seemed to sneze out a lot. She got sick a lot. The doctor did test and discovered that she had an alergic reaction to dogs. 

The doctor told them that zoey could not be around the dog all the time. There was no way that the child could be around the dog . a decision had to be made. 

“What are we going to do ? You heard the doctors. We cant keep both the dog and zo. ” kendra said.he sighed. ” i know.  This is so hard kend. “He told her.  

They gave it a lot of thought.  They considered what to do. They decided to give up zoey for adoption. Gregs brother watched duke while they looked for a suitable family to adopt her.  

As it turned out there was a husband and wife that were able to get pregnant. They were carefully screened by an adoption agentcy. They interviewed the family and decided to let them adopt. 

Kendra kissed zoey. Greg did as well.they were turned over to the Fredicson. They went to get duke. 

Duke got together with abother dog.he had pupies. Zoey thrived with her adopted parents. They loved her and she loved them. 

They would one day tell her the truth.they decided to wait a while. 

The end.

Notes 

My idea for this came from a post on facebook. Soneone sugested that why does the family get rid of a dog when the kid is alergic. Thus the story is born. 

To me literarure is a way to explore isues. That was the idea behind star trek, twilight zone,  ray Bradbury theater and outer limits etc. 

The disabled part two

Tim was the son of a pastor. He was being mentored by his dad. He and his dad were sharing in the pastoral duties.  They also shared in the preaching.  They traded off preaching.  On a week that he was preaching,  he met a new family. 

This included ali. She was sweet.  She seemed really nice.  She had caught his eye.  He had no idea if it was a momentary thing. He had no idea if something would come of all this. 

Ali liked tim. He seemed nice. At this point they were just checking out churches. One could not base a decision over what church to attend based on how cute the pastor’s son was. 

She knew that her parents would take Manny things into account before deciding on what church to attend.  Ali knew that even if they ended up going there, that hardly ment that they would persue a relationship. 

She had to remember that there were circumstances she had to consider . she had special needs.  That might impact things between her and tim.

For all she knew , tim might have just been friendly.  It might not have ment anything. Even if it did meen anything, it might be a momentary thing. He might lose interest. She decided to dial her enthusiasm back a bit.

She chided herself.  She sometimes let her imagination run wild. She certently did that in this instance. 

She tried to keep her feelings to herself.  She tried to not think what she found herself thinking. She tried to move beyound it. 

The mid week service arived. Tonight his dad was conducting the service. Tim tried to not think about ali. For all he knew, she would not be there. He had no information either way.  

After a light dinner,  everyone in yhe family headed over to the church. He helped his dad get ready for the service.  

The service began at six thirty.  People usualy started to flood in from ten off six to right before the church service started.  Sometimes after the service started at times. Tim saw people start to come in.

Tim and his dad greated people as they came in. Then after a time, ali and her family came in. He had wondered if he would see them again. He thoughts there was a good chance that they would come back. He had no evidence definitively rather or not they would come back. 

Hear they were. They had come back. No assurance that they would become full time attenders or members but this was a good start. This was a good first step. 

His dad went over and greated them. He shock there hands.  “Welcome back. It is good to see you. ” his dad said. “It is good to be hear.” ali’s dad said. They engaged in smal talk for a bit. Then the pastor went back to getting ready for the service.

Tim then went over to greet them. “Hi. How is everyone tonight ” tim asked.his dad shock his hand. “We are doing well.how are you tim?” her dad asked. “Doing good. ” he said.

“Thats good. So do you work as well as go to school?” rick larson asked Tim. “Yes i do. I work as an overnight manager at the shop and go grocery store. ” he said.

“You must keep prety buisy?” mrs larson said. “I do. I dont mind.  I like to keep buisy. ” tim said. ” do you fibd time to sleep? ” ali asked. “Not as much sleep as i like but i make it work. ” he said. “We know what that is like. ” ashly said.

“Do you work as well as attend clases?” tim asked ali. “Yes. I work at the public library.  I work three daysys a week so it work.  I can do homework at the same time. ” she said. “You have plenty of reaerch material. ” tim remarked. “Oh i do. “She said. 

After a few minutes he sat down.the service started.  He realy wanted to get to know her more. The more he talked to her, the more he wanted to get to know her more.  He felt a connection to her. He had no idea if she felt that connection.  It might be all in his head. 

They had just met. It might just be first encounter feelings.he had no idea. He knew he did feel something.  He had a feeling it was not a transitory thing but was something that would endure and build on. He realy hoped that that was the case.  

It was still way too early. He probably should not alow his mind to go there. He did never the less. He let his mind wonder. He wondered, could this be the future Mrs watters. He tried to not keep thinking things like that. He still did despite his attempts not to. 

The service started.  His dad started the service off with announcement then he opened in prayer. Ali was glad that they had come back. She was glad to see him.she was glad that she got to talk to him.

She noticed that his dad’s preaching style was very simular to tim. She wondered if tim patterned his preaching after his dad. They seem to have verry similar personalities.  She liked the elder watters preaching,  she really liked Tim’s.  Both did really well.

She was one who paid attention to detail during surmons. She was an avid note taker. He was preaching on the life of abraham.he preached on the battle of the kings . this was when Abraham rescued lot. She was really focused on the message. 

She felt that she liked the message. She felt that she would be spritualy fed at this church. She knew that her parents had not yet made a final decision rather or not they would attend hear. It seemed promising that they would.  She suspected that this might become there permanent church home. She was starting to hope it would be. 

During the prayer time the men and women split up.  The ladies stayed in the sanctuary.  The men went down in the basement. The two groups split into smaller prayer groups from there.

Tim joined his dad, rick larson and a few others. He liked rick. He seemed like a nice guy. He thought like he would be a great farther in law. That was thoughts for another time. 

After the prayer time,he talked to rick larson. “So, are you adjusting to livng in the area?” he asked rick. “So far. So far i have not had time to notice the area but so fat so good. What i have seen of the area,i like. We lived on a good street. It semms qiet. ” he said. 

“That end of morisville is fairly qiet.”the pastor said. “That seems to be true.”rick said. ” you picked a good neighborhood. ” tim told him. ” thats what i have gathered.” rick said. 

Aftet a while,they went upstairs. The pastor closed the service in prayer. The service was adjurned. Alli realized that she needed a “break” she was going to seek out her mom for help. Tim headed for her. 

Shr tried to keep away from him. At least until she had had her “medicine” . she was able to wisper to her mom. They left the room.

He really hoped to be able to be able to talk yo hher  before she left.after a few minutes she came back in. She seemed different.  “Hey! How are you?” she asked. “Really good. You?” he asked.”i am doing well.  ” he said.

“Did you have clases today? ” she asked. “This morning.i try to have a light shedule on wendsday becuase the service. ” he said. “Makes sense.  “She said. “Did you have clases today?” he asked. “I have two.  I get out at three. I had plenty of time. ” she said.  “Thats good. ” he said. 

She said her goodbyes. They left. He did really like het. The more he talked to her, the more he liked her. He hoped that she felt the same way. He suspected she did.

They went home form church. She did like him. Right now it was a simple crush and she knew it. She also knew that it could change. 

She went to see her sister. ” ash! Do you think  i am marriage material? ” ali asked. Ashly saw the hurt in her eyes. Ashly gave her a great big hug. “Of course you are. You will make a great wife!” ashly said. 

“Will anyone give me a chance? ” ali asked. “It might not be as big of an issue as you think it is. Tim seems like a really good guy.  ” Ashley said.” what if he cant get passed it?” she asked. “Give him a chance. You never know until you try. It is a risk. You have to decide what is a bigger risk. What do you fear more.  Risking embarrassment, heartbreak or risking tim slipping away.  What if someone else gets to him? Are you ok with that?” ashley said.

“I wont be able to keep this from him forever.  ” ali said. “He will find out eventually. That is unavoidible. ” ashley said. ” yea. I know your right.” she said. 

Alison was not sure what to do next. She would consider both options. She hoped that he and her did have a chance. She had her doubts. She really wanted it to work out for them. She really did. She was not certin.

If he rejected her,would she be ok with that? She really had bo idea. A part of her really wanted to avoid him. She wanted to run away..she really did not want to do that. She had no idea what she would do. Only time would tell. 

Next up

Ali considers rather or not to pursue a relationship with tim. Tim likes her with every time he spends with her. He has no clue about her secreet. 

The disabled

Tim was the son of the pastor. Tim was being mentored by his farther. He was kind of an asistent pastor. He did some of the preaching. He sat in on deacon’s meetings and he shared in other pastoral duties.  The church liked him and he loved the people at the church. It worked out well. 

He and his dad were taking turns preaching though the book of john. They were both enjoying it quite a bitt. This Sunday was her turn. 

A new family came in to the church that sunday. A husband wife and young adult children. Tim went over. “Hi welcome to gospel Baptist church.i’m tim Walters.  I am the co pastor. My dad is sr pastor but i am in traning to be pastor. I am officiating this week.  ” he said. 

“I am rick larson. This is my wife sandra. This is my daughters ally and ashly. My other daughter are on there own.” he said. “It is really good to meet you. There is a welcome card in the buliton. Please fill it out and get it back to me. “He said. 

Aly and tim’s eyes met. He was trying to in pastor mode right now.  He felt tied to her somehow. He smilled at her and she smiled back. After talking to them for a bit he went up to the podium. 

He got ready to oppen the service to order. He stood up. He gave anouncements then opened the service in prayer. He led the song service. 

She was transfixed by him. She watched him closely. She liked the way he spoke. 

He preached on john four. He preached on the women at the well. He preached on that God wants all to be saved. He preached that the gospel is available to all. He preached that the gospel is for all who believe regard of ethicity or past. He did out bring out true sprit. 

There was a dinner after. Tim sat near the new family. He wanted to get to know ally.  “So what brings you to oir church?” tim.asked rick the larson family patriarch.  “My job. I am an emergency room doctor at Morrison general hospital. We moved from blake. I am taking over the e.r department.  ” he said. 

“I hope i dont need your services any time soon. “Tim said. “I hope not but if you will, i will do my best. From what i have seen, i have a really good team. ” rick said. 

Ally laughed. He liked her laugh. “So are you in college ally?” he asked. “Yes i am taking clases in early childhood education. I am working at the college book store. ” ally said. 

“I am im college as well.i am majoring in english literature.  ” ashly her sister said. Tim knew that as a co pastor,  he should get to know the whole family. He realy wanted to get to know ally. He decided to be friendly.  Ashly seemed very nice.  He was interested in ally. 

“Oh mom i think it is time for my ‘medication’ ” ally said.  “Oh yea i think your right. If you will excuse us.” sandra said. The two got up from the table. 

He was curious what medication she was on. It was none of his bussiness. He respected her privicy. 

She was fairly tall. She was 5.8 . she wore a pink and white dress with flower patterns.  She wore sandles. She and her mom left the room. 

After a few minutes ,she came back to the fellowship hall. They sat down. She was different.  She did not seem as confident as she had been before. He did not understand it. 

“So you probably keep prety buisy. ” tim said. “Yes i do. I like keeping buisy though. I imagine you keep buisy as well. ” she remarked. “Yes i do. I like to keep buisy as well. ” he said. 

“I tell him that it is to give him a taste of what full time ministry is like.  He has done well with it. He has proven good at managing his time. ” his farther the pastor said. “Both ali and ash have done well managing there time. We are proud of them.” ali’s dad said. 

Tim could tell that her parents loved ali and ashly. They were very suportive. Tim always apreciated his parents suport as he traned for ministry. He came to suspect that her parents were just as suportive. He had a feeling that they were a close knit family.  He was glad of that. 

The fastivities at the church was dying down. People started to leave.the hospitality committee started to begin the process of geting the fellowship hall cleaned up. 

“It was really good to meet you. I hope you will give our church a chance. We have a really good group. ” tim said. 

“It was good to meet you. I am glad we got to visit your church today. ” rick said. “It was good to meet you ali.i hope things go well for you with your studies. ” he said. “Thank you. I hope the same for you. ” ali said. Ashly said goodbye to her as well.

In the car. “So what did everyone think of the church?” the father asked.  “I liked it. The people are verry friendly. The preaching seems very sound. ” ali said. 

“The preaching was verry good. I had a good first impreson. ” her mom said.  “So what did you think of the preacher?” ashly asked. Ali blushed a bit. ” he seems really qualified.  He knows his stuff. He seemw very mature for his age. He has a wisdom beyound his years. ” ali said. 

The whole family gave her a bizare look. “What? ” she asked. They laughed. “Does someone have a crush on our pastor in traning?” the farther remarked. Everyone except for ali chuckled. ” why would you say that? He seems like a fine person but that does not meen anything. ” she said. “Ok. ” her dad said. They all laughed.

At home, her mom talked to her privately. “You do kind of like the pastor”s son?” her mom asked. “I bearly know him but he seams nice.  “She said. “You think something could happen between you two?” her mom asked. 

“I doubt it.  I am sure he is at a verry different sprituel level then i am. ” she said. “I am sure he. Strugles like everyone else.  ” her mom said.  “He seems to be sprituely mature.  There is not just that. There is the other issues as well. “She said. 

“You cant use that as an excuse. It is a medical condition.  It is no different then being blind or deaf or lame. ” sandra said.

“It is different.  There is a stigma attached to it. Could he love an invilid?” she asked. “Hunnie! Your hardly an invilid! It may not be as big of a deal as you think it is. ” she tried to assure her daughter. ” i just dont know mom. ” she remarked. 

At his house, tim got grilled by his family. “So ! How do you like the new family?” hia sister marissa asked. “They seem nice. I think that they would make a fine addition to our church.  ” he said.

“Especially a certen member of said family.” his sister Anita commented.  “I am not sure i know what your talking about.  ” tim said. “I think you like alli , i think her name is. ” phil said. 

“I dont know her. We bearly said two words to each other. Having said that i would not minf getting to know her. I will say that. ” he said. 

“I think you like her more then your admiting?” marissa said. “Oh! I am not sure about that. ” he said. His siblings were prery sure. 

Later on in the day he talked to his mom. “I do kind of like her but we did just meet. I should not rush it. I am not sure there is anything there. ” he said. 

“You do want there to be. Your not sure there is. ” she said. “That is true.” he said. “Just see what hapends.” she said.”its posible that i might never see her again. They may decide not to come back.  If that hapends this could all be mute anyways. “He said. “Perhaps. You never know.”she said. “I guess not. “He said.

“Dont assume any way.do take it slow. Dont get so negative.  You dont know whats going to happen so don’t jump the gun either way. “She said. He knew she was right.

That night he headed back to the church. He got ready for the service. His family arived then other church memebers started to arive. He really hoped ali and her family would come.

After a while,he saw ali and her family come in. He tried to hide his excitement. He went over to her. “Hi welcome back. I am glad your hear. “Tim said. “Thanks. I am glad we could make it. ” ali said. 

“So you like this area?” tim asked.”so far. “She said.”well i got to get ready. Agin i am.glad your hear.” he said.

Ashly wispered to ali,”ali and tim siting in a tree”. Ali gave her a dirty look. Ashly laughed. 

Tim opened the service in prayer.  After announcements and hyim singing,he preached on james. His theme was on faith without works. 

She enjoyed his mesege. He got to say goodnight to her but she had to leave. They did not say long. He did get to say good night. He really hoped that they would make this church there home. He had no idea if they would. 

End of part one. 

Next up ali and her family show up for the mid

The proposal part four

Lilly woke up the day before thinking how mundane her life was. Now she woke up,her life was verry different. She was groggy at first. She started to remember. She looked to make sure he was stil there. He was.

“The clock struck midnight and we are stil hear my love!” he told her. She kissed him. ” are you always going to be like this? Romamtic?”she asked.

“I have never thought about myself as romantic. I dont know. I am going to try to be. I want to be. ” he admitted. 

She held on to him. “I am glad your stil hear. I am glad this is not a dream. .i obviously did not think it was but it is still nice to know it is real.” she said. 

“I know what you meen. I woke up and i looked for you. You were still hear. ” he said. She kissed him.”i am still hear!” she said. “Im glad. I truely am.” he told her. 

They got up and had a light breakfast of toast and butter. They had cofee. They showered and got dressed.  They got ready to leave. 

She wore a purple dress and sadles. She braided her hair into a pony tail. She came out.”your verry pretty.  You look nice . ” he said.”you look very handsome yourself. Thank you. ” she said. They hugged and kissed.  

“I did pack my king james bible. I use the bible in common english.” she said. “why am i not suprised? “He said. She laughed. They hand hands and walked to the car. 

He was sutch a gentlemen.  He opened the car door for her.she smilled and thanked him. She got into the car. He held her hand while he drove. The church was only ten minutes from the hotel. 

The car parked in the church parking lot. The two walked out of the car. They walked to the church hand in hand. The usher opened the door for him. The two came in. 

“Hi. I remember you. How are you? Alex right?” the usher said. “Yes. Your ted correct? ” he said. The older man was thriled he remembered his name.lilly soon realized that alex had a really good memory.  She came to apreciate it. 

“This is my wife lilly. ” he said. He said it proudly. Lilly took note of that.he gave them a buliton. They went to a pew. 

“Your from that big family. You live back east. ” the man who sat next to them said. “Yes that true. My family is back home. This is my wife lilly. ” he said.

“Hi i am Richard. This is my wife sandy and my kids, jeremy, Jessica and janessa. “He said. “It is good to meet you. ” she said.

She loved how he was proud when he introduced her. She hoped she lived up to that. He was hoping he could live up to her love for him. 

While she could not understand why he was so crazy for her, he was aslo perplexed.  He could not understand  why she loved him. She did not understand how sweet she was. She did not realize how loving she was. She was so encouraging to him. 

The church people were very friendly.it was a smal church. The music was tradional. Old hyims. At Lilly’s church, the new music director started to introduce new praise and worship and contempeary music. Lilly listened to contenpeary christian music and enjoyed it. She grew up with the old hyims. She knew the words to manny of them. 

She liked the preaching. The pastor seemed eloquint. It gave her a lot to think about. He preached on the importence of prayer. He mentioned key events of prayer. Moses intervention as well as jesus’ lesons on prayer amoung others. She did like the message.  She found it insightful. 

The church had a dinner. They invited them to stay. They agreed. “So i understand your newlyweds? ” the pastor asked. “Yes we are. ” alex asked.” we got maried yesterday.  ” she said. “Congradulations” the pastor wife said. They thanked them. 

“So what are your plans?” a lady asked. “We are going to see the sights. Nearby areas. ” he said. “There is a lot to see in the area. This is a great area. ” the pastor said. “I have never been been in this area. I am excited to see it ” lilly said. “This is a great area for a honymoon. ” the pastor’s wife said. “I realy like it so far. ” lilly said. 

She loved being with other people with him. She loved seing how he interacts with other people. He wanted her in his world.  She could tell that that was the case.  

They left the church and went to the hotel.  “I liked that church. The people were really nice.  I would like more contemporary music.  I know!  Everything else was good. ” she said.

“I always like visiting that church ! I always looked forward to it whenever we came hear for vacation.  ” he said.”everyone was lovely.  ” she said.”we fundies aren’t so bad!” he said. She chuckled. “You got to work on the music though!” she said. 

“These are the great hyims of the faith. It is part of a ritch christian heritage.  ” he said. “Why cant we have new music? Why cant christians of every generation make there faith there own? Why does music only have to be hyims? ” she asked. “Contenpearmpeary christian music is trying to put Christian lyricks to wordly music. It is offering strange fire. ” he said. 

“John wesly used popular songs of the day.  I dont think that you can prove that the rock beat is evil from scriptire. ” she said.

He parked the car into the lot. He turned off the engine. He opened the door for her. She stepped out. They walked inside hand and hand. She smiled at him.

“I gues we are not going to agree on this one?” he remarked. “We will work on it. Thats ok. We dont have to agree on everything. ” she said. He smiled. “No we dont. ” he said. They went inside the hotel. 

She kicked off her sandles. “Can we lay down? ” she asked. “Sure! ” he said. They went to the bed. She held on to him. He played with her hair. 

“How are you feeling?” he asked. “Ok. Like i said it comes and goes. It flares up if i exert myself. ” she said. He patted her back. “I hate seing you in pain. ” he said. “I get by. ” she said.

He admired her stregth. He liked her resolve.  He appreciated how she handled things. She never complained.  She never winned. He tried to be there for her. 

She loved how responsive he was to her. He really did care. He would do anything for her. She came to know that. 

He always seem to know when she was in pain. Even when she tried to hide it, he knew. He was always there for her. He tried to anticipate her needs before she even knew she had them at times. He usualy did. 

They had a light dinner before the evening service. They went to a different church. It was near the hotel but not as close as the other church was. 

They pulled into the church. “Methodist? ” she asked.”dont get too excited hun. Its a free Methodist.  It is staffed by a pastor who went to the same school i did. ” he said.

She chuckled.  “I am guesing the pastor is a man?” she asked.  “Yes! I wont go there right now! ” he said. She chuckled. “Ok!” she said. 

They walked inside the church. They were greated by an usher. They went inside. “Hello. Is your family hear?” the pastor asked. “Not this time. This is my wife lilly. ” he said.

“You and leah did not get maried?” he asked. Lilly tried not to gulp. She was suprised by that questione. “No. God closed that door. He opened this door. ” he said. “It is good to meet you lilly.” he said. 

The church was much similar to what she was used to. The pastor wore the traduotional vestiments. She liked the church. 

After they headed back to the hotel. They went to the hotel restaurant.  They had a bigger dinner. 

“It is going to take a long time to adjust to people who know you and Leah.  I know i should not be jellous. ” she said. 

“In a short amount of time people will know alex and lilly. ” he said. “I know.”she said. “I know that it wont be easy at first. A lot of people were used to myself and my former fiancée as a couple.  Like i said yesterday , i am so sorry i did not wait for you. I know that you and i are ment to be. I have no doubt in my mind the lord brought us together.  Give it time. That wil pass. I am sorry that there will be some awkdwardness. It is unfair. ” he told her.   

“Ok. I am sure you are right. I did not get meen to ruin dinner.  ” she said. “You can always come to me with concerns. You did not. I want you to feel sicure in our marriage and with me. ” he said.

She smilled. “I do. I just felt i needed to bring it up. ” she told him. “I understand.  ” he said.

They went back to there room.  “Whats the plan for tomorrow? ” she asked.  “I thought that we would drive around. See some sights. ” he said. “Cool i love road trips. I assume this includes the largest ball of twine in ohio?”she asked. “Yes. I really want to see this.  ” he said.”ok i wont deprive you of your life long ambition. I am kind of looking froward to it myself.not as much as you are. I am looking froward to it. ” she said. 

“We will see other stuf as well. Probaby things that will be more of intetest to you. ” he said. She chuckled.”oh ok. ” she said.

After a while they decided to turn in for the night.  He kissed her goodnight.  They held eaqch other.  They fell asleep. 

End of part four.

Next up

Alex and lilly go on a mini road trip looking around the area near the hotel. 

Words of faith part four

Brad and elizebeth fell asleep in each others arms. They had had a long day. They had tired themselves out.

They woke up the next morning. He looked over to see if she was awake. “Good morning! ” he said.  She smiled. She kissed him.he chuckled like e a school girl. 

“So brad do you eags and backon this morning. Well ! Libby i dont know. I usualy like a light breakfast but i do on ocasion like to have a bigger breakfast. Sense we are on vacation i think that would be nice. ” she said pretending to be him. 

“Were you mocking me ?” he asked. “Yes i was.  I love you babe. Everytime i ask your opinion, i get my full thought process. I am curious what you say if i asked you if you needed to use the facility.  ” she said.

“Well i dont always share my full thought process. There are occasions i find it prudent to explane why i have made a decision. I dont always. I can give a simple answer. “He said.

She lightly hit him with a pillow. “You goofball! ” she said. “To answer your questione. Backon and eags sounds great. ” he said. 

She laughed. “Oh ok. ” she got up. She threw on a bathrobe.  She went to the small magshift kitchin. He had packed a small frying pan. She put it on a cookstove. She greased the pan. She put the backon and eags in the pan. 

He went to the kitchen. He was taken with her. She was attractive but there was more.she was cute. She was silly but she was not imature. She was fun.she was not careless.  She was someone that you wanted to be around. At least he did. 

He kissed her neck while she was cooking.  She gigled. “Your distracting me! I am going to burn the backon. ” she said. “Ok i will stop distracting you. ” he said. 

“I am not sure i believe you. “She said.  “I will back away. I will stay over hear. No temptation. ” he said. “Well i dont want that. Come over hear. I want you close just not distracting. “She said. 

“Ok!” he said.  He came to her. She looked at him. She liked to think that this was there future. She already enjoyed being with him. He was fun. He was quirky.  His humer was dry. It was dead pan. It was also fun. She was starting to get use to his idiosyncrasies. She was not sure if she liked it but was getting used to it. 

He set the table. She put the eags and backon on the table. They held hands as he prayed for the meal. They started to eat. 

“Do i realy do that.  Answer a question with every posibility? “He asked. “Yea you do. Sory babe. I have been maried to you for two days and i have noticed a paturn. ” she said.

“Oh ok. I will work on it. ” he said.  “You don’t have to totaly change your habits. It is nice to have constants. ” she said.

“So do you find it endearing? ” he asked.  “Well! I dont know that i would go that far. It is a constent. “She said. He chuckled. 

“I can accept that. ” he said. She laughed.  After dinner they cleared the table. They washed the first dishess they had dirtied. They then dried off the dishess. 

He read the bible after.  He read in the book of mark. She decided to read mark one as well. After a while they talked it over. 

“Do you really believe that God wants bekevers to be materialy prosperous?” he asked.”why would he not want that. We are kids of the kingdoms. We are joint hairs. He owns a cattle on a thousand hills. Are we not entitled to that? ” she asked.

“In galatiens, we are told that the child of a nobleman is hair to everything.  As a child , he is placed under tutors, teachers, governess etc. We are joint hair’s but as romans 8 says we also are joiny heirs in christ’s suffering. I refer to it as your best life later. In heaven we will be joiny heirs in all christ has. That is not for believers hear in the nasty now and now on earth.  ” he said. 

“You make it sound like there is no advantage to being a belever right now?” she remarked.

“There is. We have the holy sprit who indwell us. We have his help, his comfort,  his interceding. now God may provide material blesing. Many times, material blesing can hinder serving God. Parents not wanting there child to go on the misson field buy him a new car hoping to dissuade him from going for example. ” he said.

“Material blesings canot always be bad. ” she said. “No. It is about focus. It is about priorities. What is it you tresure?Is it the person of the lord jedus Christ or some benefit?  The five thousand fed by our lord did not want him, they did not even want miracles.  They were only interested in being fed. By the end of hid discourse, Manny that had folowed our lord stopped following.  Taking us off our focus is dangerous. ” he said. 

She pondered his words.he had chalenged her thinking. She was not ready to give up her views on prosperity. 

They went to the shower facilites that were on the other side of the campground. They went back to the cabin and got ready for there day. They got dressed. 

They decided to rent a conoe first. Libby was excited. She loved going out on the watter.  It was a lovley day. The sun was out.there was not even so much as one cloud. 

They walked hand in hand to the boat yard. They went to the office and rented a conoe. They were given the paddles by the attendent. They put on the life jackets. They got inside and lunched the boat. 

“I love being out on the watter. It is so peaceful.  ” she said. ” it is a good day for it. ” he said. “Its really is. ” she said. 

She kissed him. “Sorry!  I just always wanted to do that. I wanted to kiss my husband on the lake. I have luterily been planning my wedding sense i was four. Perhaps before. I definently remember planing it at four.” she declared. 

“I bet you played weddings with stuffed animal.” he commented.  ” all the time. My first husband was edie the bear. ” she said. “I hope you prefer me over edie! ” he said. “I dont know.”she said. He laughed. 

They ended up being in the lake for quite a while. They ended up going back to the cabin for a while. They eat sandwiches. They got ready for paint ball. 

They put on black cloths neither one cared about. “I feel like a secret agent.”she said. ” your the cutest secret agent i know. “He said.”be carefull. Looks can be deceiving. ” she declared.  “Oh no. I will definently keep that in mind. “He assured her. She laughed. ” good idea ” she responded.

They joined up with a team that was asembling. They decided to be on different teams.  

They were engaging in a kind of capture the flag like game. Brad and his  unit moved out. He had never wanted to be in the military. If the draft was reinsated, he would serve. That had not happened. He enjoyed paint ball. He liked the adrenaline that came with it. 

There mission was to capture the other team’s flag. They moved out and advanced towards enemy territory.  The staff flaged the two teritories. While he had no interest in real war, he was fine with pretending. 

He kept going with the three other people on his team. They saw a unit wearing the arm band of the other faction. They opened fire. Brad ducked the impact. Brad hit back at the ‘enemy’. 

They then advanced. Brad was stil in the game. Outof no where ,libby hit him. He was down. She gigled. “You got me!” he said. ” i did. ” she said.

They played several other rounds. After a while they were both tires out. The other players told them they enjoyed playing with them. 

“Good game. ” one of the players said.”you too tim.” brad said. “So are you maried?”a player named amy asked. “We are.” brad said smiling. “Newlyweds? ” Tim asked.  They smiled and said yes. 

They said there goodbyes.  “That was fun.” she said. “It definently was. Would you do it again?” he asked. “Absolutly.” he answered. They walked hand in hand and went back to the cabin. 

They changed cloths . they laid down for a bit. They just relaxed. “Do you think we will get out of the hony moon stage?” Libby asked. “I hope not. I love this. I love our bantering. I love the comrady. Our partnership. I hope that that does not change. ” he said. “I know what you meen. I love it too. I never not want to feel like this. I dont want to have unreel expectations. I dont know how to not lose it. I know it hapends. ” libby said.

He played with her hair. “I dont know what i am doing. I dont know how to not lose it. I gues we have to work at it. It will take hard work.” he said.”your right.” she said. 

She rested her head on his soulders. She nuzled up to him. She loved to be in his arms..she loved to be held by him. 

He grilled hot dogs on the grill. They eat on a picnic table near the cabin.libby knew that she was falling for him. She was shocked. She was not expecting any of this. The first night she felt trapped. She did not feel that way any more. Was this real? Was this all emotion? Was there substence? She hoped that there was. She had no idea if this would or could last.she knew she wanted it too. 

“What was your first impreson of me?”she asked.  “I thought that you seemed shy ,a bit reserve. ” he said.”i could see that. Were you disipointed when you found out that i was from a different doctrinal background then you are?” she asked.

She saw pain in his face as he answered.  “A little bit at furst. I was surprised. When you went into the bathroom , i felt that the lord had brought us together.  I had no idea what to do. I did not know how to talk to you. That was when i felt that you were suposed to be my wife. That was when i wanted to embrace you. ” he told her. 

“So what was your first impresson of me?” he asked her. “You seemed serious. You seemed somber, sober. You also seemed nice. You were kind of cute. ” she said.

“Only kinda?” he asked.  She laughed. “Well…” she answered. ” were you disappointed that i am a independent fundimental Baptist?  “He asked. 

“I was at first.  Thus i went to the bathroom. When i calmed down, i realized that i had not given you a chance. I really wanted to. Then i came out. ” she said. 

“I am glad you did. ” he said. “I was woried that you would be mad at me.you were so gentle. That was when i decided to really give you a chance. ” she said. He hugged her and they kissed.

“Are you going to play your guitar tonight? ” he asked. “Do you want me to?” she asked. “I do. ” he said. “I only know mosty ccm and secular. ” she said. “Thats fine.” he said. 

She took out her gutar. “Any request?” she asked. “How about the one you played last night? Mighty to save i think it is. ” he said. “Ok!” she said.

She played mighty to save. He sung along . she played oceans by hilsong.she played “oh how he loves”.she played forgiven by crowder. She played the clasic magesty. He loved her singing voice.  

They roasted mush mellows. Brad chared hers off course.  She teased him incessantly about it.

They went inside and put on a star trek episode on her lap top. They cudled while watching.  He played with her hair. She smiled. She was starting to love there life together.  

After a time they decided to go to sleep. They had been maried for a couple of days but things were happening.  Both were becoming more used to eachother. 

End of part four. 

Next up

Brad shows Libby pictures of the house. Then they go on a small road trip. 

The proposal part three

Lilly’s  day did not go as planned. She never thought she would be maried today. Now she found she was in another sate. She was a maried women. In the car she stared at her ring a bit. She took it all in. It was so sureel. 

The car parked. They got out of the car. They walked hand in hand to the hotel. “So! Does this all end at midnight? Do i go back to scrubing floors and dodging insults by my step sisters. ” she asked.

“So if your Cinderella, does that i am prince charming? ” he asked.  “You wish! I am thinking one of the mice.” she said. “Really? One of the mice?” he asked. “Just kidding!” she said. He chuckled. 

She was so funy. She had an infectious laugh. She was very playfull. She liked to tease and joke around.  

He held the door for her. They walked in. They walked in. They went to the front desk.  “Reservation for Granger.”he said. “Yes. I have you right hear. ” he said. He gave her the room key.

They walked to the car. “I did not not get the honey moon suite  . i just got a rugular room. ” he said. “I dont care about that.  A room is a room. ” she said.

She was not materialistic at all. She wanted to be provided for but that was it. That was all she cared about . he soon learn that she loved suprises but she did not have elaborate taste. She liked to be noticed appreciated and thought of. Mony was not the issue, time was. She discovered early on that alex knew that. They learned early on how to relate to eachother. 

“I am a bit of a cheap scape. I do want this to be special though. ” he said. “I am a main line church minister. My car runs on prayer and chicken wire. I am used to austerity. I am a cheap scape too. I am fine with that.  This is special.  ” she told her. 

They opened up the trunk. They pulled up the suit cases. They brought stuff inside the hotel. They went into the elevator.  

She observed that he was usually calm. He was reserve. He was easy going. He was often at ease.  When they entered the elavator his whole body langrege changed as did his continence.  He was tense. She came to suspect that he did not like elevators.  

She squeezed his hand. “You ok hunnie? ” she asked. “I hate elavators!” he said. She held on to him. 

The door opened.  Almost imidietly he calmed down.  He went back to the alex she had gotten use to. He was calm and surene again. 

They walked to the room. He slid the key card in. The door opened.  “Woa woa. Hold on!” he said. “What? ” she asked. “I got to carry you over the threshold!” he said. She chuckled. 

“Procede!” she declared. He picked her her and caried her inside. He gently laid her on the bed inside.  He then picked up the bags and brought them inside.  He closed the door.

“Hello mrs. Granger!  Excuse me pastor granger. Paster lilly!” he said. She laughed.  “Lilly granger i love it. “She said.  “It has a nice ring to it. ” he said. “It really does.  ” she said.  

She kicked off her flip flops and sat on the bed. “So how are you going to explain this to your parents? “She asked. “I have no idea. I will think of something.  ” he said.

She chuckled. “I am sure you will. It will be fun to watch. ” she said. “I am sure it will be. ” he answered.  They both laughed. 

“They probably wont understand.  I think in time they will accept it. I think they will like you. “He said. “They wont think i am trying to turn there little alex into a liberal? “She asked.

“They might at first. Give them time. I know you will become an important part of the extended family. ” he said.”i will give them time. My dad is going to love you. Mom grew up i.f.b but she is little more moderate then he is. My being a united Methodist empowers her. He feels outnumbered at family dinners. He will be happy to have an ally. He will be thrilled that i maried a fundy. Your personalities are very similar. You two are going to get along famously.  ” she said. 

“I look forward to meeting him and your mom too. ” he told her. ” they are great people. Word of warning when we visit dont eat for a week trust me. You canot leave there house without gwning weight or feeling bloated. They tend to go overbored if they have people over for dinner. They make there guest eat every bite. ” she said. “I will keep that in mind. ” he told her. 

“If you miss a detail of there stories, dont worry you will hear it again and  again.  “She said ” oh ok! I know how that is. I can relate. ” he said. 

He sat down on the bed.  She hugged him. He held on to her. She cried a bit. He held on to her. “Im sory. I dont know why i am weepy all of a suden. I am a flood of emotions right now.  I think body,  mind, sprit, sub conscious is trying to sort this out. “She said.

“Thats fine.  I want to help you in any way i can. ” he said. “I know that. I hold back alot. I dont wear my heart on my sleve. I supress alot. You cwn only supress so much. Eventualy the dam burst i gues.  ” she said.

“You dont have to supress around me.i want to get to know you. ” he said. “Ok. I am glad to hear that. ” she said. “I meen it.” he said. “I know that. I go though phases. Hot, cold happy sad and everywhere in between in a matter of secconds. ” she said 

“I will figure it out. I will ajust accordingly.  ” he told her. ” i gues figuring eachother out is part of being a couple.  “She remarked. ” it is. I know we will figure it out and develop a rhythm.  ” he told her. “I am sure we will. ” she said. 

They were both tried.  It had been a long drive. They just rested in the bed room. They got acquainted as well. 

“Are you hungery?”he asked. “I am kind of hungry. ” she said.”the resturant is oppen 24-7. Do you want to eat in or out?” he asked. ” i would perfer in. I dont want to get dressed again and go out. ” she said. 

“Thats fine. What do you want?” he asked. ” what are you having?” she asked.  “Beckon cheseburger and fries and chips. ” he said. “I will do chiken tenders with a smal salid. “She said.”sure!” he said. 

He picked up the phone and called the kitchen.  ” yes i would like room service. I am in room 110.” he said.  She asked him what he wanted.  “Yes ittem 117 and 114. On 114 a smal salid as well. ” he said.

“The order is in. ” he said. “Thank you hunnie.” she said.  “Of course. No problem.  ” he said. ”

“I stil cant beleve i am in ohio. Im maried. On my honey moon. I am in shock.  ” she said. “I know exactly what you meen?”he said. “I might need you to pinch me. Make sure im not dreaming. I dont meen that literily.” she told her. He laughed. “Oh man! Thats no fun!” he said. She laughed.  

After a while the food arived. The waiter brought in the tray. He paid the man. He gave him a recipt. Then he left. The door closed.

She wore a tank top and shorts. He wore a t shirt and pajama pants. They sat down at a table. He asked her to pray for the meal. She did. They held hands during the prayer. 

He devored his hamburger. “You know if he eat slower,you will feel more full” she said in a teasing tone.”my mom and sisters tell me that all the time.” he admitted. ” i am sure they do.” she told him. 

“How are the tenders?”he asked.”excellent. Your going to have to tell me what you like and dont like. I know you like meat. You like lasagna?”she asked. “I love it!” he said.”you will love myine. We will have left overs for years but you will love it. “She told him.

“I cant wait to try it. ” she said. “I will make you te meat one. I make a vegiterian one but i am thiking i wl stear clear of that in your case.” he said. “That might be wise. “He said.

“I usualy make both for church functions.  ” she said. “I cant wait to try it.”he said. “I will need a list of what you like. I will need to know what you dislike with a passion. ” she said. 

“There is a lot of food that is not my favorate but i will eat it. ” he said. “Thats good to know.  I will warn you if i know you tolerate it,i might make it more often.” she said. “Thanks for the warning.”he said.”consider yourself warned.”she said. They laughed. “I take it your a picky eater.”she remarked.”a bit. Are you going to try to make me less so.”he asked.”oh there is no try. I will succeed. ” she said. They laughed. 

She finished most of her salid. “Wants some of it?” she asked. “Sure! ” he said. He eat some of hers. He ended up finishing hers. They threw away the trash afterwards. 

“I am now officially full. ” she said. “I know exactly what you mean. ” he said. She hugged him. She held on to him for a minute.  He held her tightly. He squeezed her tightly. 

The pain from the stabing came back .”you ok?”he asked.”yea im ok. It comes and goes.”she said. He held on to her. He held her tightly.

They decided to get into bed. He held her. She placed her head near his shoulders.  “So there is a smal baptist church. They meet at 9:00 for Sunday school with the morning service at 10:45. “He said. “Yea thats fine. I am used to being up fairly early on sunday. ” she said. 

“I am too. “He said. “I will be up in plenty of time.” she said. “Oh ok!” he said. 

They talked for a bit then decided to turn in for the night. He turned the light off. She kinda went though the days events.  When she went to bed the night before,she did not anticipate anything much of consequence happening.  She wrote in her journal that she expected a quet and boring day.  Of course that is not what happened.  

She was glad that the day went the way he did. She eventually fell asleep. She slept until norning. 

End of part three.

Next up.

Lilly and kent go to church.  

The return of jimmy carter

George w bush narowly defeated vice president al gore. His first year was tumultuous.  Following attacks on the twin towers, the pentagon and a thawted third attack, the us waged a war on terror. He invaded Afghanistan.  Using the war on terror as a pretext he invaded iraq and overthrew sadem housane.  The war in iraq although scesfull at first went sour and so did the popurity of the president. 

With the unpopularity of the war, the democraric party hopped to capitalize on it. The problem was manny of the up and comers voted for the use of force against iraq. Many wanted someone who had stood against the war in iraq from the beginning. 

In his book,”dude wheres my country”,micheal more sugested running oprah winfrey against w. Winfrey had no interest in runing.  While more kept trying to get Oprah to run. He qietly looked for an alternative.  A friend of his sugested a name that blew his mind.  More lived the idea.  He seemed to be someone who fit the bill. 

More started a movement to draft a man who once had served as president. Jimmy carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. Carter lost to ronald reagen. Carter had focused his post presidency on humiterian and diplomatic work.he had been called a great x president.  

Carter was reluctant to run. Draft carter movement grew in populerity. Former national secuity advisor zivignew brasinski joined the bandwagon. Even henry kissenger joined the fray. Al gore said he should run.

Carter feared it might hurt his legacy. A legacy he worked so hard to build up folowering the defeat in 1980. If he lost he would lose his effectiveness as a global satesman and demicratic party elder. The dnc started urging him to run. 

On april 17, 2003, jimmy carter declared that he was indeed runing for president.  Former vermont governor Howard deen droped out. He endorsed carter. Bill clinton endorsed carter. Clinton pledged the clinton machine to his disposal. 

Dnc chair terry mcalife tried to clear the field . senator john kery wanted to run. He was angery at carter. The demicratic party did not want a masive primary fight.  Kery tried to get the number two slot but the president did not want to tie his hands.

In his book, the triumphent return,  carter said that he had already decided on a short list of vp before he entered.  He wanted either new mexico governor bill richardson, x indiana rep lee hamilton, new Hampshire senator jeen shaheen or wasington senator marea cantwell. He was leening towards richardson.

Kerry who considered by gore in 2000. Manny democrats were mad that kerry voted for the Iraq war. Carter did not want to pick someone who voted for iraq war. He did not want to alienate thr howard deen wing of the party. He feared deen or someone like him might go third party and bush might win by default.

Kerry suspected that carter might just be toying with a run. Kerry thought if he pushed carter, he might drop out.the party tried to qietly convince kerry not to enter the race. Kerry tried to hoped for sec of sate. Carter said that he would consider him for sec of sate. 

In a private meeting, kerry assured kerry that he was running. He asdured him that he was in it to win it. Kerry decided to anounce that he was not running. Kerry knew that he was probably never going to be president.   

Kerry went into a slump. He felt like the legs were kicked out from under him. Kerry beleved he could have gotten the nomination. He believed that even with iraq hqnging around his neck, he could still have won. Kerry knew he was not going to be vp.  The best he could hope for was posibly a cabinent post . 

Senator john Edwards was called bi clinton number two. He had been considered a serious contender. Carter got the endirsement of former governor jim hunt and curent governor mike easly. Edwards hoped for runing mate but he had been eliminated from consideration. Edwards decided to not run for president. Carter promised to do everything he could to get Edwards relected to thr senate.

Dick gaphardt,former house minority leader wanted to run. He had formed an exploratory comitee. He moved closer to runing even as carter got in. Gaphardt decided not to run against carter. He droped out. 

Joe Lieberman had unseated moderate to liberal republican lowel weiker in 1988. He had been an obscure senator. He comdemed bill clinton for his actions but denonced inoeachment. Gore chose him as a runing mate hoping to distence himself from the clinton scandle. Liberman refused to denounce the war in iraq. His platform was fightibg the war on terror better. On April 29th he formerly anounced hid canadacy.

Carter opponents for the nomination were liberman, former congreswomen and ambassador to new zealand carole mosley braun congressman dennis kucinich, and former alasca senator mikr graval. Liberman was careful in his attacks on carter.  He confined it to policy. Carter pushed Liberman to the right. Carter looked like a responsible centrist. A pro carter pac ran an add comparing Liberman with w. The add labeled liberman diet bush. 

While carter feared opposition within the democratic party, the nostly token opposition banefited him. The debates made him look presidential. He looked like a centrist.  President bush apearently told carl rove that “his goose was cooked.” 

Carter won iowa, new Hampshire and was able to wrap up the nomination in record time. By April he had enough deligates to sicure the nomination. He could focus on the general election. 

Carter worked to gain control of the democratic party apparatus.  Carter assembled an elete campagn staff. His v.p canidates tried out on sunday shows and cable tv.

Pols in may of 2004 showed carter with a 60-40 lead over president bush.  No one thought that would hold. Carter aides said that pold would tighten. The war in Iraq continued to sour.  Republican started to fear a landslide defeat for the president.  They also feared it could adversly affect the downticket.  

Some in the republican party qietly looked at replqcing bush on the ticket. There was some presue for him to bow out. Some hoped w might sack dick chaney. Many urged him to offer the vice presidential slot to colin powel. Powel was considering endorsing carter. He had made it clear he would probably not serve as secretary of sate in the second term. Bush made it clear that chaney would be his ruining mate not matter what. 

Brent  scowcroft the former national secuity advisor to george h.w bush endorsed carter. Henry kisinger endorsed carter and along with zibignew brasinki chared the foregn policy arm of the campagn. X new jersy governor tom keen who chared the 911 commission endorsed carter. Christine tod Whitman who had served as e.p.a admibistrator to president george w bush endorsed carter. She headed up carter’s efort to attract miderate and disaffected republican and independents. 

Republican party elders and doners looked into a replacement for the president.  Names like senate mojority leader bill frist, newt gungrich, dan qayle,rudy gulianie, condiliza rice or john Mccain.  Someonr even sugested revruting the elder george bush to run. It was decifed to let bush run. A carter victory would only be a minor setback.  Carter would not be eligible to run in 2008. If bush lost the party could go though a rebuild process.

Senator linkon chafe of road island switched parties to independent.  The republican mojority of 52 seats was ruduced to 51. Senator chuck hagel of nebrasca endorsed carter but continued to caucuses with the republicsns. Ohio governor bob taft endorsed carter.  Taft pledged to do all he could to deliver ohio for carter.

Bush saw his grasp on power sliping away. He was desprate for a way to change the naririve. He made a suprise visit to bagdad. He met with the interem government.  On the same day Iranian president hotamie made a suprise visit to  pyongyang .he met with kim jong ill in what was dubed the kiss seen round the world. Bush”s visit was not even an after thought.  While the visit between the two leaders was a photo op with no agrements it looked bad. New york times front page headline said the axis strikes back. 

During the summer, former president ronald reagen died. This brought attention to the reagen carter election of 1980. While bush was catefull not to politicize the funeral the contrast between the carter and Reagan presidentcy were made. Bush was benefiting indirectly from all of the attention made to the 40th president.

A plane was flying in restricted airspace. The capital and surpreme court building was put on lock down. F-15 were dispatched.  The plane refused to turn back and did not respond. The plane was schot down. There were no survors. As it turns out the plane was transporting kyintucky governor eaenie fkecher to dc for the reagen furneral.  The plane malfunctioned.  The bush administration looked like they had an itchy trigger finger. 

Of course conspiracy theories abounded.  An imqury chared by mitch mcconnel and paul e patten determined that because there was no radio contact while ill advised it was a resonible response. It was publicity president bush did not want.

Carter had rulled out Washington senator marea cantwell. He wanted to consider a female canidate. Jeen shaheen of new hampshire was elected to the senate after the use of force resolution against Iraq was passed. She defeated republican senator bob smith in the 02 midterms.  

He added denis kukinich to hos list of vp nominies and dick gaphardt. Top ades urged him not to pick either. Both were eliminated from considerations. Marcy kaptur of Ohio was vetted but eliminated from consideration.  The short list was whittled down to four.  

This was lee Hamilton of indiana, tenisee governor phil bredeson, Jeen shaheen or bill richardson. Sources have said that richardson was his dream canidate from day one of his decision to run.  

Richardson was hispanic. He had been a congresman. As a congresman he worked as a back chanel and an as hawk representative for president clinton. He had been nominated three times for a nobel peace prize.  He served as un ambassador and then served as energy secretary.  Despite a black mark on his record during an enugy crises, he had redemed himself by becoming a popular governor in new mecico.

If carter won the presidentcy in 04, and was viewed as sucesfull richardson would be a shoe in for the democraric nominstion. This could be a demicratic readuregence not seen sense the time of franklin roosivelt. 

richardson was not void of controversy.  There had been scandals over the years. Nothing too savere.  As enurgy secretary, vermont demictatic senator pat lahy said in a hearing that richardson would never get confirmed to any opounted posistion. There was fears that lahy words might become an add. 

Bredeson was risky. He was not well known outside of tenisee. He was new as governor. It seemed like a regonal ticket. Bredeson did not bring much to the ticket. 

Shaheen might help him in the northeast.  He was leeding in new england except for maine first congressional district and new hampshire. Most believed carter would dominate the north east if not sweep it especialy new england. 

Lee Hamilton looked like a satesman. A catter hamilton ticket would look like adults in the room contrasting the two cowboys in bush and chaney. He was pushed to pick hamilton. Carter incisted on richardson. 

Richardson was reluctent to accept. He was in hie first term as governor. He was pushed by democraric party insiders. He accepted. His pic created buzz. 

The 2004 democratic platform was to work with alies and made the world safe and us respected.  The slogin was safe at home,respected around the world. Carter advocated focusing on targering terorist commandand control and curbing there capibilities.he wanted to focis on terorist groups. He would work tp streghen iraqi home government as he called it.

The convention included democrats and republicans who endorsed carter. Dr. Kisinger gave a key note explaning why we need jimmy carter in the white house. Richardson spoke of minority building the future of the us. It was a hopefull convention. 

Carter curbed much talk of the stolen 2000 election. He said ,that is sosteptember 10th. Carter much to chagrin of some let liberman adress the convention.  Liberman gave a passionate defense of carter and democratic party view of foregn policy. 

Carter led bush after the convention 70 percent to his twenty.  The republican convention was held in September.  The republican attempted a morning again in America convention. It was heldin new york city.  They tried to lunk reagen to bush. This led to an angry response from ron Reagan jr. Aganst the wishes of nancy reagen, ron jr went on any network that would have him advocating for carter.

Bush got the bump he hoped for. After the convention bush and carter were tied . bush tried to look presidential.

The relect bush team try a no drama w strategy.  Bush was photographed being president. Bush tried to potrsy hinself as hard working for the American people.

Carter tried to look like a satesman.he also focused in on his work for habitat for humanity. He reached out to younger voters who were babies or not aluve during his administration.  

Adds criticizing his administration failed. Bush looked meen. He looked petty. Bush changed his strategy. He tried to look calm and resonible. Carter advocated a patcent bill of rights.  Bush convinced speaker livingston and leader frist to pass it. He signed it neutralizing it as a campagn issue. 

The first debate carter was calm, cool and collected.  Bush was on the defensive. Most agree carter won. Richardson performance against fick chany was viwed as lackluster.  Carter is considered to have won the second debate. Bush canceled the third debate and did forums with just him and perspective voters.

On election day, most believed carter had it in the bag. Early in the night carter swept new england and the nottheast. He won georgia, tenisee Alabama.  

Bush took florida, Texas, Oklahoma,  lousiana, Virginia, west va, Indiana. Carter took north Carolina.  Carter swept the west coast.  He took won predictable west coast states like Washington,  oregon and California.  He also wom Nevada,  and Colorado. Bush won the plane states. Carter took michigan, Wisconsin,  pensivania and Iowa with little difficulty.  He won ohio. 

In the end he swept the west and east coast. He made inroads in the south. He did well in the mid west.  He was declared the 44th president at one am.  It was prery clear erlier that he had won.

President bush promised a smouth transistion. He dispatched vp chaney, defense sectratery rumsfeld and condaleza rice to brief carter personaly the next day. Bush asked president elect carter to apount a liasion who would be an emded with bush whitehouse who would act as his reprsentive. He chose former senator chuck robb for that job.

Bush and carter worked closely on the transistion. Bush wrote in his post presidential book that he despiritly wanted a second term but once he lost he was eager to return to private life. 

Could carter have a sucesfull second term? Time would tell.

Notes

I know i will take flack for Ohio gov taft endorsement.taft barly wo. Relection and was unpopular.  His endorsement would stil be a huge deal.