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Best year ever.


Inspite of the election results, 2012 was a great year for me. It is the cumulation of a story that began 43 years ago in1969, when I was a young man fresh out of the Navy.

With my highschool friends all off to college and no prospects for me to go, I was anxious to get on with my life. My first few jobs were minimum wage, $[sign in to see URL] an hour to start, but I eventually got a good job at the Anaconda Copper Smelter in Great Falls, Mt. I partied a lot but felt I was missing something and decided I needed to be married. So I asked one of my party girls and she accepted. We were married in the spring and it was a tumotlous (sp?) marriage right from the start and didn't last a year. Tbe divorce was bitter as well.

Unbeknowst to me she became pregnant during the marriage and gave birth to my daughter after the divorce. I did not find out about this until the child was 4 years old.

I immediately tried to make contact but due to circumstances and legal ramification I was prevented from doing so. In the ensueing years I made several attempts for contact with the same results. After the child graduated from highschool and off to college and marriage. I had lost all knowledge as to where she was.

In the spring of 2012 after my return from Florida I was having lunch with a favorite neice and she informed me that she had met my daughter through a school function. My neice had my daughter's e-mail address and gave it to me. OK, I decided to contact her right away. I'm not getting any younger. But here was my delema: What do you say to a 41 year old lady that you have never met and you are the bio-dad of??

Since I had recently received a lot of ancestry info. and figured that she knew little or nothing about her fathers side of her existance. I sent her a link to our side that goes clear back to 1634. I figured this might give here a sence of belonging.

My initial contact with her was a shock to her and she responded some stuff about abandoning her. I told her that I didn't abandon her but that circumstances kept us apart. I didn't want to go into details as they would include bad mouthing her mother. I said what happened in the past stays there. Anyway after a few e-mails, she agreed to meet me for dinner.

That was great. To finally hug a lady, my daughter, after all these years of knowing of her but not seeing her. She is beautiful.

She was a lttle cool and aprenhensive at first but gradually warmed up and agreed to meet again with her family.

In the sumer of 2012 we met again at a lake near by her house. I also met my 3 beautiful new grand daughters and my daughters husband.

I sent her a Thanks Giving card and suggested that it would be nice to meet around Christmas time. She agreed to bring her family to my house for lunch yesterday. I was really excited about that and invited my sons and their families to come as well. The boys knew they has a sister somewhere but never gave it much thought. I didn't tell any of them the others were coming, afraid they might back out. When they all showed up here yesterday they were all surprised (shocked) to meet eachother. A little tence for the first few minuets but the little kids broke the ice first and it wasn't long before they were laughing and talking. I was so pleased to have my sons and daughter and 9 grand kids together for the first time, I had to tell you about it. I think it was great for my daughter as well. When she left for home, she was giving hugs rather than accepting my own.

December 29th, 2012 is a day I will long remember. I'm loving it.
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2013 just keeps getting better. My daughter's daughters are in 4H and showing Rabbits, Horse and pigs. I went to the pig show this AM both girls did extremely well and won blue ribbons. It's not what you would think these pretty young ladies would be good at. Grandpa is proud. Not only at raising and showing pigs both are all A students at school.

Tomorrow, they have their 4H auction. I intend to purchase 2 hogs and donate one back to the "Milk River Raccoons 4H Club" of which they are members. Many local banks
and businesses bid on them for promotional considerations and to support the local 4H Clubs. Some times these go for more than 10 times the marked price. I may not be able to out bid a bank but I will sure drive the bid up.

Last night I got to take the 4 y/o around for the rides at the carnival. What a blast to see the excitement in her eyes. It's been a long time since my boys were little.

This small county fair is great, especially when I have someone to share it with.
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Got my granddaughters hogs today and ran up the bid on many more. Market price for hogs around $.75 a pound. Most bids for the other kids pigs ran around $[sign in to see URL] until I ran up the bid to $[sign in to see URL] then et the other bidders have them. I ran up my bids on my granddaughters to $[sign in to see URL] per pound. They were excited and happy. Grandpa is happy as well. I'll get a lot of ribs to BBQ.

Since I decided to keep both hogs, I did write a check to their 4 H club. Grandpas do that.
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