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  • The most lasting impression that I carry away from a week in Lancaster County is the incredible power of family, and of love. I know I’ve written of frustrations experienced, and of aspects of the experience that were personally trying. But, above and beyond all of that, which was just my way of processing my own shit, beats a deep admiration in my heart for a family unit that holds together through good times and through crises, no matter what. They do it in a way that works for them, in the best way they know how. Despite everything, love of family and of each other has brought them all through some incredible challenges, and I have no doubt, will carry them through the current set of challenges.

    I feel humbled and appreciative that I had an opportunity to be a part of the process this week. I know they would do the same if the situation was reversed. That’s what family is all about. They’ve been there for my son, J.B., showing support and true family love, always, and that has meant the world to me. I’m very fortunate to have both a blood family, and at least this branch of my in-laws, that believe the way that I do – that family matters. It means something. There are things you do, because they are family, and whether you like them or not, whether you believe the same way, politically or religiously, or not, you share that belief that you stand behind your family, and you do whatever is needed, whenever you can.

    For one who at one time in my life, felt very isolated from my own family, and certain that I would never be a part of that, or any other family, this makes me a very rich man indeed, today. Life is good!
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