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Welcome gun and a snack tucked in a backpack to get “lost” exploring in the woods. And our caboose likes to be out where he can see it all. Those few hours of playtime make my heart smile! I often wonder what everyone else does with their extra hour of daylight. Whether it is three hours of outside play, a dip in the pool, a bike ride, visiting with friends and family or a glass of sweet tea on the porch, it is a great time to reflect on God’s creation and beauty. It is amazing to see what he has created from the beautiful grass, sunshine (and even the rainy days!), the gorgeous spray of color everywhere and all the people, especially the little ones, to bask in His creation. Lisa Crow Photography

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nce our family has made it through the readjusting of our routine—daylight savings time comes in and it gets to be a fun time in the Oliver household. I know it is only an extra hour of daylight, but it feels like it adds an extra 3 hours of playtime to the day. When the words, “It is time to come in and take a bath” come out of my mouth, I have a group

of children that do everything they can to run away and act as though they all of a sudden have no hearing. After school playtime really is the best part of our day…. everyone is playing together, sharing, exploring, and having fun. My little tomboy is running around digging in the dirt looking for worms or trying to catch a frog. The big boys are usually on a mission with camo gear, a few Lego essentials, a play

April is a fun time of year. Baseball, soccer, and softball are in high gear! Of course, springtime also brings Rodeo season to East Texas! We have a lot of great stories and wonderful advertisers for you to flip through the pages and enjoy. We will be at the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo with this year’s Rodeo Queen. Be sure to stop by and visit!

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YOURHOME Home Tour: the Courtney Residence Decor & Design: Put a Little Fun in Your Garden In the Kitchen Your Pantry: Honey, a Natural Alternative

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Stephanie Oliver President

Why I Love Being a Grandmother: Nettie Cartwright My Time: The Angelina County Mounted Patrol

Beth Johnson Managing Editor

25 YOURCOMMUNITY 26 28 30

Calendar Rodeo Queen: Miss Ashlynn Brown Inspiring Woman: Dalene Merrel

Kim Iribarren Director of Sales

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Crystal Capps Sales Assistant

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Stephanie Johnson Administrative Assistant

Small Town Reality: Cicily Cross Stretch Marks: Pin a What? Women’s Health On the Road: Kenzie Warner

Macy Haffey Layout and Design Lisa Crow www.lisacrowphotography.com Ev e n t P h o t o g r a p h e r

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Pretty Babies Parent Thoughts: Let Them Grow Look at Me Birthday Bash: Kyleigh Farrell Why I Love Being a Mom: Chaney Wyatt-Chittum

Contributors Kelly Finnerud M e l i ssa Le e A m y M c Le o d Dalene Merrel Jane Shepherd C h a n e y Wy a t t - C h i t t u m

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shley and John Courtney have a beautiful 4 bedroom home in Hudson. It is just right for their family of five. Ashley has a gift and talent, so she did a lot of the work in her house. “I laid the wood floors, painted all my cabinets and sewed most of the curtains,” she says. One of the best parts of her home is the furniture inside. Courtney said,” I bought most of my furniture at garage sales and refinished it myself.” The home has an extra large laundry room, because one can only imagine doing laundry for a household of five! But at the end of the day, Courtney’s favorite room of the house is her bathroom, where she can lock herself in and fill the tub with bubbles.

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YOURHOME | DECOR & DESIGN

Put a Little FUN in Your GARDEN

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his time of year, many people are planting their gardens. You might have a very small raised bed or a large space with rows and rows of nature’s bounty. No matter the size of your garden, children love to get in the dirt and help plant the seeds. After everything has been planted, use these fun ideas to keep those little hands busy while you are waiting for everything to grow.

Rock Markers

Flag Pennants

Pinwheels

Find a smooth, clean rock. Lay your tag on the rock and liberally paint modge podge over the rock and tag. This will probably take several coats. When the modge podge is dry, use a sharpie marker to write your message on the rock. We used stickers too, and put modge podge on top of them. The others were drawn on with a paint pen. Children love working on these!

Using shrinkie dink paper, draw your message and then cut out your desired shape. We used an 8x2 ½ inch strip and cut small slits in one side for the skewer to fit in. Bake according to the directions on the package. Finally, cut a strip of duct tape to spiral down the skewer. You cannot cut the shrinkie dink after it has baked, so bake it and the skewer together and it will stick.

Gather some old water bottles. Cut them to lay flat. Go to this website to watch the tutorial, http://frugalliving.about. com/od/frugalfun/ss/Pinwheel.htm Instead of the pencil and strait pin, we suggest a wooden dowel and small screw. Hot glue a button over the screw. Then, use colored sharpies to decorate the plastic.

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Baby Spinach Salad with Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese, Blueberries and Peach窶天idalia Onion Vinaigrette by Rosemary Rutland | Yield: 4 servings Salad: 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint 1 8-ounce log goat cheese, chilled 1 bag (6 ounces) raw baby spinach, stems removed 3/4 cup fresh blueberries 1 1/3 cup watermelon cubes, 1/2- to 3/4-inch dice Dressing (yield: 3/4 cup): 1 cup fresh peach slices 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 5 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sugar, as needed 2 tablespoons finely chopped Vidalia onion Salt and pepper to taste Combine chopped pecans and mint. Spread pecan mixture on a plate or cutting board, and gently roll cheese to coat evenly. Place peaches, lemon juice and cider vinegar in blender and puree until smooth. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Add canola oil, and then puree until smooth and thickened. Remove from blender, stir in onion, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away. In large bowl, add spinach and add enough dressing to coat all of the leaves evenly. Divide dressed spinach on four chilled plates and garnish with blueberries and watermelon. Slice goat cheese into eight equal pieces using tautly held, unflavored dental floss or a knife. Add two slices of goat cheese on top of each salad. Serve immediately. 14 / The Journey - April 2012

Georgia Summer Ambrosia by Rosemary Rutland | Yield: 8 servings; 1 cup per serving 2 ripe Georgia peaches, peeled, pit removed, cut into 1/2-inch slices 3 cups watermelon cubes, about 3/4-inch dice 1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed 2 ripe mangos, peeled, seed removed, chopped into 1/2-inch dice 1 cup sweetened coconut (toasted if desired) 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice 1 1/2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or Triple Sec 4 teaspoons honey Pinch kosher salt 1 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped In large bowl, combine peaches, watermelon, blueberries, mango and coconut. In small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, Grand Mariner, honey and salt. Pour lime mixture over fruit and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for no more than 30 minutes. Just before serving, mix in pecans.


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YOURHOME | YOUR PANTRY

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pring is here, and with blooms and buds comes Kleenex™ and coughs. Wouldn’t you like to know there is a natural alternative to symptoms associated with colds and allergies? New research indicates honey is a valid cough suppressant. With 21 calories per 1 teaspoon serving, honey can be a sweet and natural alternative without adding a significant amount of extra calories. Here’s the sweet on honey and its health benefits. Each year, consumers spend billions of dollars on over-thecounter (OTC) medications to soothe their coughs. However, many parents are left looking for alternative remedies in light of announcements that dextromethorphan (DM)—the most common OTC treatment— is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics or the American College of Chest Physicians for children. For centuries, honey has been used to help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with a common cold. Honey can help soothe and suppress a cough for adults and children alike. Emerging research is beginning to confirm this approach. A study by Penn State College of Medicine found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or DM. Pure honey contains just one ingredient: honey. It is an affordable cooking ingredient that can be consumed as often as needed for children at least over one year of age. You can try a teaspoon or two of honey, straight from the jar, to soothe and relieve the irritation from cough and sinus drainage. Time and rest are the most important healing factors to ease a cold or symptoms of allergies, but getting enough fluids is important, too. In between the teaspoons of honey, you can keep your family member well hydrated with the following recipe, courtesy of the National Honey Board, for a warm herbal tea sweetened with honey.

HONEY, a natural alternative HONEY SOOTHER Makes 4 servings 3 tea bags, chamomile 1 cinnamon stick 3 cups boiling water 1/4 cup honey Place tea bags and cinnamon stick in a 1-quart tea pot. Add boiling water; steep 3 to 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and tea bags; discard. Stir in honey. Honey should not be fed to infants less than one year of age. Honey is a natural, wholesome sweetener and a versatile ingredient for the entire family. As with any new food, introduce honey to young children gradually to help broaden their tastes. Check with the store manager at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers to see which brand of honey is best for you! For more honey recipes, go to The National Honey Board website:  http://www.honey.com/nhb/recipes. Amy McLeod, RD, LD is a registered and licensed dietitian and Healthy Living Spokeswoman for Brookshire Brothers Food and Pharmacy. To check out products “Approved by Amy,” go to www. brookshirebrothers.com.

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YOURNEXT STEP | WHY I LOVE BEING A GRANDMOTHER

NETTIE CARTWRIGHT “I would always joke with my children saying they need to hurry up and give me grandchildren,” says Nettie Cartwright. “I would always tell them if they did not hurry, I would be in a wheel chair holding my grandbaby.” Nettie finally had her first grandchild when she turned 60. Her youngest daughter, Carol, had Reese in 2007. Today, he is four and Nettie has had two more grandchildren, Ryan, 9 months, and Nola, 2 months. I recently heard the phrase; Grandchildren are the sunshine for your soul. “That is exactly how I feel,” she says. Being a grandparent is an indescribable feeling. “I have had other friends try to tell me, but there is nothing to describe the love you have for those little babies.” Because she did not become a grandparent with her own children until later in life, some close friends of theirs had two children that did not have grandparents. It was then when she said, “Well, we will be their Nana and Papa.” They were able to practice being grandparents, doing everything grandparents and grandchildren do, with Collin and Kaylee when they were young children. Today, Collin and Kaylee are 16 and 13. One saying that always gave Nettie a good laugh is ‘Grandchildren are God’s reward for not murdering your children in their teenage years.’ Nettie says, “I must have had some really murderous thoughts because I am truly blessed with some awesome grandchildren.” Nettie and Finley Cartwright have very busy schedules, but all they want to do is spend as much time with their grandchildren as possible. “To hear the word, ‘Nana,’ is music to my ears. Why wouldn’t anyone want to be around that all the time?” For Nettie, being a grandmother is nothing like being a mom. She says, “You do not have to worry about anything like when you were raising your own children. You do not have the pressure and responsibility placed on you. All you have to do is love them, and that is not a hard job. It is almost like being a grandmother is a rite of passage in life.” “My grandchildren are my greatest joy in the world and so much more than I could have ever imagined!”

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THE ANGELINA COUNTY

MOUNTED PATROL One member, Debbie Lee, who has been involved for fourteen years says, “We are a family. We get together every week. We obviously care about what we do, otherwise we wouldn’t all give so much time and energy to the practice that is involved. It is nice to see everyone once a week with similar interests as you. This is also a great excuse for me to spend time doing something that I love with my horse, Bailey.”

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he Angelina County Mounted Patrol is a long standing organization that began in 1955. According to Kenneth Pinner, the organization started with a Search and Rescue purpose. They worked with the local rodeo, but would assist law enforcement anyway they could. For fifty seven years now, the volunteers have worked together to create a name for themselves by raising money and giving back to their community. In 1955, the club built their first arena on land belonging to D.H. Walker. At that time, it was on the outskirts of town, but the land is now the D.H. Walker Trailer Park on North Timberland Drive. The rodeos were held there for several years, but by the third year the crowds had grown so large that a partnership was formed with the Lufkin Lions Club. In 1961, the Lufkin City Council agreed to allow a new arena to be built at Teener Park. Finished in 1962, the arena was built by local volunteer labor and home to the rodeo for twenty years. The first rodeo was held May 2-5, 1962. Since the early days of the rodeo, so much has changed. The ACMP has consistently been a group of volunteers that are passionate about what they do and their love for horses.

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Each drill member donates their time and resources each Tuesday to practice. They provide their horse, tack and transportation for each event, receiving no compensation for all their efforts. This year the team is smaller. Lee says, “People are so busy these days and gas is so high, it is no wonder why we have a smaller group this year.” This will be the first year the group will not travel and help with out of town rodeos. The team assists with several events in the community: Neches River Rendezvous, VFW, Forest Festival, Cattle Barron’s Gala, and many more. They will help anywhere they are needed. The weekly practices are for their drill that they perform at the beginning of the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo. It is very involved with a lot of combination and formations. Another member, Vickie Pinner says, “This is very rewarding but takes a lot of work and dedication. You have to enjoy it because it is a job.” Make plans to attend this year’s Angelina County Benefit Rodeo to see the hard work of the Angelina County Mounted Patrol. For more information on Angelina County Mounted Patrol call Debbie Lee at 936.635.6193.


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YOURCOMMUNITY | CALENDAR

April

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Hearts for Hope Dinner & Auction

Benefiting the Mosaic Center. A Junior Grand Prix Tournament for ages 10 and up, with Junior, Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles events. Visit www.mosaiccenter.org for registration information.

The Museum of East Texas. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Artist Melanie Moses will assist children in the creation of clay bugs. Special guest entomologist Dr. David Kulhavy, a.k.a. “Dr. Bug” will be on hand with music and dancing. This day is in conjunction with the exhibit “A Forest Insect Alphabet.” This event is open to children of all ages and is free of charge. Children under 12 should be accompanied by a guardian.

Crown Colony Tennis Open

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Benefiting the Mosaic Center. Located at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Contact Jennifer at 639-5068 for tickets and more information.

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Pineywoods Children’s Consignment Sale Abram’s in Lufkin. Come shop the best children’s consignment sale in East Texas!! All are welcome to shop fantastic deals on name brand clothes, shoes, toys, etc. For more information, visit www.pccsale.com.

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Kurth Memorial Library. “Firehouse Dog” 10:00am12:30pm. All ages.

Family Movie

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CASA Superhero 5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run

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St. Cyprians Bayou Bash 6:30 in the school gym. For more information, contact Sheila Adams at 936.632.1720.

13 & 14

Free Tax Preparation Located at the Judy B. McDonald Nacogdoches Public Library. Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) are a free e-file service provided by the I.R.S. and Beta Alpha Psi to residents who earned $50,000 or less for 2011. Call 936-559-2970 or visit http://npl.sfasu.edu.

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Teen Scrapbooking Kurth Memorial Library. 11:30am-12:30pm. Ages 10-17.

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Coffee & Conversation Kurth Memorial Library. Movie, “The Razor’s Edge” 10:00am-12:30pm. Ages 55+.

This one-of-a-kind event will feature costume contests, a children’s area, food and drinks, awards ceremonies and a family-friendly atmosphere. Dress up as your favorite superhero and walk, jog or run toward a better future for Angelina, Polk and Houston County children. Visit www.active.com/ running/lufkin-tx/casa-superhero-5k-10k-kids-k-runwalk-2012 for registration and details or call 936-634-6725.

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16th Annual Downtown Hoedown 10:30am Downtown Lufkin. For more information call 936.633.0205.

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The SFA Gardens Spring Plant Sale Event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. For more information, contact 936-468-4404.

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Angelina County Benefit Rodeo George H. Henderson Expo Center Lufkin. For more information visit www.lufkinhostslionsclub.com or call Baskins for ticket info 936.632.3700.

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8th Annual Women in Red Luncheon Presented by Woodland Heights Medical Center. 11:30am-1:00pm. To purchase tickets, call 936-637-8688. Seating is limited.

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Junior League of Lufkin Spring Market Located at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center. General Admission Tickets $5-presale $7 at the Door. Friday, 10am. – 8pm. Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

Bug Clay Day

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Ernie Haase +Signature Sound on Stage The Temple Theater at 6:00pm. Presented by the Angelina Arts Alliance. Tickets are $27-$35, Premium $45.

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March of Dimes March for Babies 5K Nacogdoches. The Run begins at 7:30 a.m. and originates in Pecan Park. Call Mitchie Kenney at 936-462-3168 for more information.

May 5

Forest Family Fun Day and Logging Show The George Henderson, Jr. Expo Center in Lufkin. The event begins at 8:00am. Enjoy exhibits from companies across the United States showcasing the latest in logging, harvesting and transportation equipment and related services. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information about exhibiting, competing or attending the show, call Texas Forestry Association at (936) 632-TREE.

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Story Time

Kurth Memorial Library. “Cinco De Mayo” by Rebecca Rissman. Tissue Flowers Craft. 11:30am-12:30pm. All ages.

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Teen Adventure Hour Kurth Memorial Library. De-stressing Crafts. 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Ages 10-17.

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Teen Program Kurth Memorial Library. Wii Mario Kart. 11:30am-12:30pm. Ages 10-17.

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Bilingual Family Pajama Story Night Kurth Memorial Library. “Even More/Todavia Mas” by Barbara Quick and Liz McGrath. Handprint/ Finger-paint craft. 5:30pm-6:30pm. All ages.

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YOURCOMMUNITY | RODEO QUEEN

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he 2012 Rodeo Queen is Miss Ashlynn Brown. She is a senior at Central High School. Ashlynn has always been very involved in many extracurricular activities, as well as being strong academically.

For the last four years, Brown has been in the top 10% of her class. This year, she will graduate number eight in her class with a 3.834 GPA. All the while being involved in many extracurricular activities such as Equestrian Drill team, FFA, Team Penning, Angelina County Youth Fair, 4H and 4H Round UP, Softball, Cheerleading, Yearbook, KYSSED, FCCLA, Cross Country and track. Ashlynn began playing softball at age four and always had a dream, even as a little girl, to be able to play at the college level. “Participating in many activities has made me into a well rounded person,” says Brown. “I have learned leadership skills, self discipline and motivation by being an officer in a majority of the organizations I am involved in.” Next year, Ashlynn plans to play softball at Northeast Texas Community College. She says, “My mom has coached me from the age of four to fourteen. She has always pushed me to be the best I could be. Because of her believing in me, I have the determination to work hard in anything I do.” Her college goal is to work towards becoming a Dental Hygienist. That is something she plans to complete while attending Northeast Texas. Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Brown says, “This verse can be taken in so many ways and can be applied to life in numerous different scenarios. It can be applied to a person’s work, school, religious, social or athletic life. I use this verse in my own life, not only with how I treat people, but to also set my goals for the future. Taking the small steps daily in order to meet those goals is the key to my success.” Visit with Miss Ashlynn Brown every night at the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo, April 25-28, 2012 at the George H. Henderson Expo Center.

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n June 2011, we were anxiously awaiting the birth of our third child. In the last weeks of pregnancy, I started to notice that Hannah was having night sweats fairly regularly. Since we were in the middle of record breaking summer temperatures and she was cutting molars, I didn’t worry about it too much. But as the days went on and she continued to sweat at night, without any fever, I began to think that something wasn’t right. Audrey was due to be born the last week of June, but she was transverse and natural delivery was out of the question. So a c-section was scheduled and we began praying that she would arrive safe and healthy. I was at a woman’s Bible study at church on a Thursday morning and the ladies felt the need to pray over Audrey and her delivery. I could not have known the impact of those prayer warriors on the next 5 weeks of our lives. The next day I went to an OB appointment and the baby had suddenly turned and was in position… we were having a baby tomorrow!!! It was decided that labor would be induced Friday morning and she would be delivered two weeks early. I did not know at the time, but we desperately needed Audrey to come two weeks early. God’s timing was perfect!! We were adjusting to life as a happy family of five when I started noticing little signs that something was wrong with Hannah. She would break out in sweats, be very tired, and removed from other people playing. We were at the Kiwanis water park one Saturday afternoon and she was freezing cold and very pale. I wrapped her up in a towel and held her while we waited for Rhett to finish playing. While getting ready to leave the park, she twisted her right ankle and tears spilled down her cheeks. It was obvious she wanted to play, but didn’t have the strength to participate. It was then that a soft voice reminded me that a storm was coming… When Hannah was a beautiful, healthy, six month old baby, God prepared me for a troubling and long journey that my little girl would have to face. I did not know what Hannah would battle, but I always knew that ‘2’ would be her year of heartache and struggle. I hovered over her and protected her every move. I closely monitored what she ate in hopes that I could change her course in life and save her from what was to come. I know it sounds bizarre, but every time I thought about giving her hotdogs, the Lord would gently say, “Don’t go there. Don’t give her that.” It was so gracious and good of our Lord to softly prepare my heart for this journey. He instructed me to love, savor, and enjoy every minute with her. In the deepest, darkest, and quietest moments I would remember that two was fast approaching; and I would hold her close and pray that God would spare her any pain and grief. But I knew a storm was coming… 30 / The Journey - April 2012

The morning after we played at the water park, Hannah woke up with fever and pain in her right ankle. Thinking she had caught a virus or cold, and remembering her twisting her ankle the day before, we treated the fever and waited for the pain to subside. As the day wore on, she refused to walk. We carried her to the bathroom, bed, and table. She only wanted to lie on the couch. She stopped eating and only wanted to sleep. When the fever did not


go away by Monday, I made an appointment with the pediatrician for the next morning. A sinking feeling began to plague my every thought. This is what I have been dreading, it is here, the storm has found her. Please God protect her!! The next morning I carried a very pale, lethargic Hannah into the doctor’s office and a round of tests were immediately ordered. The pediatrician suggested that I go home and pack in preparation to go to Houston for more testing. He wrote STAT on all her orders and sent us to the Diagnostic Center for a series of blood work, x-rays, and tests. I had to call my husband, Ryan, and tell him what

was going on, but couldn’t get the words out. A huge lump was in my throat and I wanted to know what they were planning to do to my little girl who, by this time, was terrified and clinging to me for dear life. We went home and got the call that her blood work did show some troubling things and we needed to go to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. My first thought was, “How am I supposed to do this with a five-week-old baby, and what about Rhett, our youngest son? My son needs me too! Do I take Audrey or leave her with family?” Ryan decided that we would take Audrey with us and we packed for a possible overnight stay at the hospital. tjmag.com / 31


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Once we arrived at the ER at Texas Children’s Hospital, doctors and nurses immediately started testing her little body. There were a series of MRIs, x-rays, blood work, and various other tests. The next morning, they admitted her to the hospital for further testing. We helped the nurses and doctors hold her down while they drew blood, and as the day wore on, she became more fearful, resistant, and sick. Something was definitely wrong, and it was a matter of time before they figured it out. I was torn between taking care of Audrey and helping Hannah understand what was being done to her and comforting her. I never dreamed I would hold my little girl while an anesthesiologist put her to sleep. Waiting for her to wake up from testing was tormenting, we just wanted to hold her and tell her we loved her. At the tender age of two, she did not understand this painful, scary, new world she was thrust into. All the while, she was getting sicker and sicker. But we trusted the doctors to take care of her.

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Wednesday evening on July 20, 2011, a very compassionate doctor and nurse came to us and talked to us about some of the MRI and blood work results. She told us that she couldn’t diagnose Hannah officially, but there were some symptoms that pointed to Leukemia. We were speechless!! What was leukemia? Is that cancer? Was our daughter going to die? With a lump choking me in my throat I asked them, “Is she going to die?” I could not believe what was happening. Ryan sat on the hospital bed holding Audrey, looking at Hannah while she slept. I will forever be grateful for these two ladies that gently prepared us for the news that was to come the next day. We knew we needed to call our parents, family, and friends, but we didn’t know what to say. How do you make such a difficult phone call? Hannah was scheduled with anesthesiologists and hematology doctors the next morning for a bone marrow biopsy, spinal tap, and MRI. With the results of these tests, an official diagnosis could be reached. I was

torn between Audrey and Hannah. Do I stay with the baby or go wait for Hannah to wake up from her procedures? That was such a long night… I knew the next day would confirm our greatest fears. I couldn’t sleep. Ryan had started sleeping with Hannah in the hospital bed to comfort her, and I needed to be able to take care of Audrey throughout the night. Sitting across from my sleeping loves in a dark and scary hospital room, listening to the beeps and gurgles of her iv machine and as the minutes and hours ticked by, I prayed that God would grant her a miracle and let the pain, struggle, and fear of cancer pass her by. Even as I prayed He would heal her, I felt His presence gently ask me, “Do you trust ME? Then let go.” I had tried so hard to save her from this disease and I had failed her. What had I done wrong that she must suffer this? Why her and not me? I loved her so much, and still I could not save her. God was right… I had to let go of her and trust Him and His plan for her life. In the darkest hours of that night, I realized that I had been wrong; in order to trust God to provide for Hannah, I had to let go of her. God could not lead me if my hands were full. I had to let go and allow Him to take my hand. I could not do this alone, but He would lead us through this. When I felt all alone in our new life of ‘cancer’, He reminded me that He understood and knew my pain and heartache. He watched His son suffer and die; I was not alone. He heard my desperate plea for help. Audrey softly started crying in that dark room at 4 am. I held her close, fed her, and gently coaxed her back to sleep. It was then that I realized that one of the greatest blessings for this journey through cancer was this precious new baby. He knew I desperately needed her. Feeding, changing, and loving Audrey was such a sweet reminder that life goes on. I grew to look forward to the wee hours of the morning when I could cuddle with my newborn and marvel at the goodness of our Lord. I witnessed the joy of Audrey’s first smile in the hospital. Even though our little Hannah Beth lay so sick in the bed


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next to me, cuddled up to her Daddy for comfort, I knew that God held us all in the palm of His hand. He would never leave us nor forsake us. His promises ring forever true, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He will sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved! (Psalm 55:22)”.

The Lord himself will go before you and be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, and do not be discouraged. (Deut 31:8) The next day, July 21st, Hannah was officially diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. They immediately started treatment on Friday. Our family and friends came as soon as they knew Hannah was diagnosed with Leukemia. It was such a blessing and relief to have our loved ones with us to help hold us up, encourage us, help with Audrey and entertain Hannah. We didn’t feel alone with “our problem”; it would take all of us to help her beat cancer. Our vivacious, spirited, three-year-old, Rhett, helped Hannah through her ‘sick days’. He brought smiles to her face and coaxed her off the couch to play and take part in life. He is her protector and champion, and she  is the apple of his eye and best friend.

meal and sweet friends helped us with medical questions and uncertainties. God’s love, grace, and provision were ever present in the people He sent to help us. Our lives are forever touched and changed by their willingness to give. Others that have passed down the road of cancer helped us see the Light and Goodness in cancer. We hope and pray that families that will come after us will find the same strength and comfort in our Lord that we found. Cancer is so destructive on the body; every week we watch her body be broken a little more. But she is so strong!! We learned that God made HER for this!! She has strength and passion that we did not know was possible in such a small little girl. I look forward to the amazing woman that will come from this experience. A woman strong in Him, that does not shy away from the difficult path, but relies on our Savior to carry her through. God has taught us so much about our faith through our daughter. To see our Father’s Light and Love shining through her beautiful blue eyes is truly a blessing to behold. Who knew one so small and innocent could teach so much? I find it amazing that God’s plan for Hannah’s life can touch so many and change a mother’s heart forever. Hannah is doing very well. She finished her 8 month high-dose chemo protocol and is now on her 2 year chemo protocol.

As we watched Hannah’s body be ravaged by the chemo drugs and her sweet personality was hidden from us in a fog of sickness and pain, our family and friends held us up and helped us in every possible way. We were never alone!! God surrounded us with people that gave us hugs, tears, help, encouragement, and scriptures when we needed it through the toughest and scariest parts of her treatment. My sweet sister-in-law sent scriptures to my phone to have and to hold in my pocket throughout the day. One in particular that carried me through “The Lord himself will go before you and be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, and do not be discouraged.” (Deut 31:8). Meals were lined up for us when we returned home so we could focus on loving our children and caring for Hannah. So many people carried us through this journey. 4-H clubs sponsored our weekly trips to Houston, church friends and family brought

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icily Cross was born and raised an East Texas girl. Tenaha, Texas was her playing grounds as a girl and the place she loves coming home to.

“For as long as I can remember, I have been on a ranch, working with cattle or riding horses,” says Cross. From her high school days as 4H state officer and President of the district, her life has not slowed down. While still in high school, Cecily helped Terry Williams and Sammie Andrews with the CBR. She would open carrying out the flags at the beginning of the shows. “I have been working with the CBR since 20 02 .” Today, Cross is the Director of R ider A d m i n i s t r at i on which means, she is responsible for paychecks, entry fees, prize money, event results, and much more. “It is a lot to be in charge of. That is why by 3pm on performance day, don’t talk to me or come a r ou n d m e because I am in the zone!” jokes Cross. Years went by and she continued on working with the CBR. “Most people have another job besides what they do with Rodeo’s.” After high school she went to Panola to receive her LVN. She started working with Dr. Mast. While still working with Dr. Mast, she went back to Panola for her RN. Soon after that, she attended SFA for her Nursing degree. Cross started working nights at Nacogdoches Medical Center two to three nights a week. Still wanting more, she went on to receive her Nurse Practitioners License. While

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pursuing her education, Cross was still working with the CBR. One reason Cicily took on so much and juggled her crazy schedule was for something she is proud to say now. “I never took out one loan for school. Most of the time, I had three jobs to pay for school.” In the meantime, a woman from Los Angeles was pitching a show to CMT featuring women and the Texas lifestyle. She called Cicily and wanted her part of the cast. Unfortunately, it was at the end of her nurse practitioner’s degree and it just wasn’t going to be feasible. “She said, ‘Well, promise me if we get picked up for a second season, you will join the cast.” The show, Texas Women, was created and aired last year for the first time. This April will begin the second season which will feature Cicily.

“That was a highlight of the show for me. I was able to do things I would not normally do.” Because she is hands on with Bull Bash, Texas Women came to Lufkin to film Cicily in action. So the Lufkin event will be featured on this year’s season of Texas Women. Although, television is something Cicily is used to with all the filming and production of Bull Bash events, this was a fun experience for Cross and something she looks forward to. “Even though this is a reality show, the show creates situation for us to be involved with. That was a highlight of the show for me. I was able to do things I would not normally do,” says Cross. Texas Women Season Two season premiere begins airing Saturday, April 7th 8 pm Central on CMT (Country Music Television). The season will include 8 one-hour episodes.


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scarf if you have a fat neck” and I was told to “no results found.” I’m assuming the answer is a “no.”

My article today may find some of you dis-interested right off the bat. After all, you don’t know what Pinterest is, you don’t know how to work it and you don’t even care. Don’t worry, I feel the exact same way…. and I have a username and password with them.

And the last reason Pinterest creeps me out? Followers. That’s right. On Facebook you have Friends, on Pinterest you have Followers; people who want to follow you and see what kind of items you are looking at. This to me is no different than peeping toms who want to stare in my windows to see what I’m watching on T.V. It’s just weird. Occasionally I get an email that says, “*Christine Lahti is following you on Pinterest.” And the only thing I can think of is……Christine Lahti is going to be sorely disappointed.

About four years ago my girlfriend told me, “Guess what? I just came across *Tom Sawyer, that guy you had a huge crush on in college.” “Where did you see him at?” “Facebook.” I scoffed. Facebook. Give me a break. Talk about a fad. I wasn’t about to waste my time. I’ve seen these kinds of things. They come in like a hurricane and they leave just as quickly: The Atkins diet, black fingernail polish, stonewashed jeans. I wasn’t about to go online, set up an account on something called Facebook, only to have it go out of business three months later. But then I heard it was free. So I was in. Oh sure, it took me a while to figure it out. I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, you know. So yeah, I had to ask questions, like…What’s a wall? How do I post? Why am I getting updates from a girl that was mean to me in High School? Things like that. But eventually I figured it out and I’m so much the better for it. Seriously, if you are a nosy person by nature then Facebook is the gift that just keeps on giving. But Pinterest? It’s totally lost on me. I’ve heard you can remodel your entire house, learn a fancy way to tie a scarf and make virgin Mojitos simply by looking on Pinterest. Not me. I can’t find anything on it. It confuses me immensely and makes me feel as stupid as the time I actually voiced to my husband, “I think Madonna’s marriage is really going to last. They look so in love.” For some reason anything I want to look up on Pinterest isn’t available. My friend can type in “cashmere” and get 2,000 images of chic French women wearing cashmere sweaters and carrying cashmere handbags. I try to type in “How to get vomit stains out of carpet” and I get nothin’. My girlfriend told me she learned how to tie her scarf in 15 different ways just like Princess Kate. I typed in “Should you wear a

To be honest, I kind of figure someday I’ll come around. I once hated Facebook, but then they made a movie out of it and suddenly I like it. I also decided I wanted to dance after seeing Step Up 1, 2 and 3. I decided I wanted to marry Tim McGraw after seeing The Blind Side. And I decided that running was, indeed, ridiculous after seeing Chariots of Fire. But until then I might lay low on Pinterest. Unless, of course, I have some insatiable desire to see how to create my own indoor herb garden or find kale smoothie recipes. In the mean time I think I think I’ll stick to DirecTV and reading people’s relationship status on Facebook. That’s all the intrigue this girl needs. *Some names have been changed to protect the innocent. Tell me why you like Pinterest at melissa@ lufkin.org. Who knows, maybe we’ll have a follow-up article to this where I tell you how wrong I was about it and how right you are. But probably not. Melissa Lee recently moved back to her hometown of Lufkin after living in Nashville for 15 years as a studio session singer. She uses her maiden name as to not mortify her husband on a daily basis. Together they have two kids, Remi and Rocco, who they adore but will admit – are pretty bad. She spends her weekends traveling and speaking to women’s groups, writing or leading in worship at her church. She is constantly astounded at the sweetness of God, the goodness of her husband and the friendship of her mother. She can’t say “no” to a Channing Tatum movie or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.


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Woodland Heights Celebrates 8th ANNUAL WOMEN IN RED LUNCHEON his year, Woodland Heights Medical Center celebrates its 8th annual Women in Red luncheon by encouraging you to become a healthy woman and learn more about keeping your heart well and your spirits high.

“Although heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the U.S., more women than men die from the disease,” states Jennifer Stevens, Director of Marketing for Woodland Heights. “These statistics make awareness and education imperative in the fight against heart disease.” Dr. David Sees, local Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon, will present clinical information on cardiovascular disease pertaining to women.

In addition to raising awareness of women and heart disease, Woodland Heights will also celebrate the 4th anniversary of Healthy Woman, a program aimed at helping the women of our community live healthier and happier lives. This program is free to the community and serves as a resource to enable women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. A special presentation will be offered by Abby Rike, a former contestant on the television show The Biggest Loser, where she will share her inspiring message with the women of East Texas. For more information on the Women in Red luncheon, or events throughout the year, call 936-637-8688.

The American Heart Association offers the following information regarding heart attack signs in women:

Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in 1 the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, 2 jaw or stomach. 3 Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea 4 or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are 5 somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away. 

Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association volunteer, offers the following prevention tips: 1. Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to learn your personal risk for heart disease. 2. Quit smoking. Did you know that just one year after you quit, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent? 3. Start an exercise program. Just walking 30 minutes a day can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke. 4. Modify your family’s diet, if needed. Research healthy cooking tips. You’ll learn smart substitutions, healthy snacking ideas and better prep methods. For example, with poultry, use the leaner light meat (breasts) instead of the fattier dark meat (legs and thighs), and be sure to remove the skin.

David Sees, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and member of the medical staff at WHMC, will talk about a variety of women’s health issues, including cardiovascular disease. Abby Rike, former contestant on The Biggest Loser, will share her inspiring story.

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ince Kenzie Warner was small, she has loved horses. In fact, her first birthday party was a cowgirl party, because her mom knew then just how much she loved everything horses. Today as a seven year old, Kenzie’s interests have not changed much.  Kenzie Warner loves to barrel race and started competing at age 4. When a four year old is trying to compete, it is a family affair. Her mother, Lindsey, has been hands on since day one. “I didn’t grow up riding horses and certainly not barrel racing. So I have to learn this with her so I can help her get better and better,” says Lindsey Warner, Kenzie’s mother.  “We are traveling August through March, and take the month of December off. We have two rodeos a month,” explains Warner.  According to Kenzie, her favorite part of rodeoing is she likes to go, ride her horse and compete. “Especially when I do good! Then when it is over I get to play with my friends. I only get to see them at the rodeos.” Even though participating in rodeo is hard work, with the traveling, schedules, taking care of animals, and everything else that comes with it, Kenzie wouldn’t trade it for

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let them grow.

s our children started getting bigger, we began to realize we needed to make some organizational changes to help them become more independent. What I’m really trying to say is we were tired of doing everything for them. (I’ve heard wonderful things about a book called Children Who Do Too Little that I’ve wanted to read. And when I get around to reading it, my kids better run and hide!) When we moved to our new home about a year ago, we had a chance to rethink where we put our dishes in the kitchen. We decided to designate a bottom cabinet for the kids’ Present them with opportunities. Give them tools, but stand back and take a deep breath.

cups, plates, and bowls. We all love this. They can get their own cups for water, put their own dishes away, and set most of the table. In fact, we’ve loved this so much we put a container of the kids’ cereal in that cabinet so they can get their own breakfast in the morning.  After publishing the above idea on Parentthoughts.com, I received many other wonderful thoughts on encouraging kids’ independence, and with the summer break quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare!  Here are some ideas other local parents have shared, and we’ll start with my favorite!

Many homes now have a Keurig. Did you know it’s not just for coffee? Once children are old enough to handle hot water, they can use that Keurig to make their own oatmeal, hot chocolate, and soup. It’s okay if they make a mess at first. Show them how to wipe it up. Remember, we’re giving them tools, then standing back and taking a deep breath.

What about all the beautiful artwork they will inevitably want displayed? Hang them on a wall that you and your kids walk past every day, but visitors don’t. Put 2 nails in about 6 feet apart (not too high), string yarn or clothesline between them, and hang clothespins on it. The kids can show off their own artwork without covering your fridge.

Keep water in a pitcher in the fridge so they can pour themselves a drink anytime.

Clear out some drawers in sideboard/buffet near the place the children do art. Give each child a drawer for art supplies. We actually have an entire sideboard next to the dining room table with 6 drawers and 2 doors filled with their art needs.

Purchase a cheap 5-shelf bookshelf and put it in the kids’ closet for games and puzzles they can reach themselves. Add clear tubs with picture labels so they can organize their own toys.

Keep healthy food, like granola bars and washed fruits, in an accessible drawer in the kitchen.

The kids love having the freedom to be responsible, and we love watching them learn, grow and succeed! Are you still breathing?

Let children put away their own clothes, and don’t worry about what the dresser drawers look like. In the drawers, it’s okay if they’re wrinkled. Remember that pet they promised they’d help take care of? Keep pet food in airtight container and let them keep their promise. A sticker chart can help remind your child.

Kelly Finnerud and husband, Ryan, have 3 energetic kids, Aiden (7), Trace (5) and Emmy (3). They have been married 10 yrs. Ryan is worship pastor at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches and Kelly has a music education degree and has been a band director in the area until staying home with young children. Kelly writes for Parenthoughts.com, an online resource sharing local activities, parenting stories and anything else kid-related in our area.

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Kati Ellis & Victoria Viet won 1st place playing doubles at the Nacogdoches tennis tournament on Thursday, March 22, 2012. They are both on the Lufkin High School JV tennis team. Eric Durham, 6. Flying in his Pop’s airplane for the first time.

L Camden Varkados at the Tyler Zoo. Clarke Cromartie & Bailey Watson. Lufkin High School Cheer Co-Captains 2012-2013.

Happy 4th Birthday, Addison! Ella Durham, 6. First tooth.

Jackson May. Pre-Tee Opening Day. Spring Break 13th Birthday trip to Chicago! Lucy Gabriel, Sara Kate Harris, Caroline Deaton, Camille Cumbie, Mary Grace Polk.

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LHS Varsity 1 and 2 at District Preview, Oakhurst Golf Course. Cole Goodson, Marco Maldonado, Kendall Smith, Jake Ellis, Cameron Martin, Tyler Dunbar, John Portwood, Colton Martin.


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ne of the best parties to ever plan is a “First Birthday.” Kyleigh Farrell turned one, and her mom made sure everything was just right. Katy Farrell had a pink owl theme. The guests that came either had a tea party or played super heroes outside. Katy said, “The cake pops made by Joni Rios were the highlight of the party. I thought they looked and tasted outstanding.” Kyleigh had never had cake before, so it was a big hit to watch her enjoy her first bite!

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WHY I LOVE BEING A MOM

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CHANEY WYATT-CHITTUM

ecoming a mom completely changed my life! My world revolves around my daughter Chloe, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Being a mom is one of the most rewarding jobs that I will ever have and I take it very seriously. I have always loved kids and enjoyed being around them, but what amazes me is how much love you can have for your own child. It is one of the greatest feelings in the world. I love to watch her play, just to see her imagination go wild. I love to see her face light up when I walk in the room, and it just melts my heart. One of my favorite things to do when she was in daycare would be to stand outside her room and watch her play with the other children. As soon as I opened that door she would be smiling ear to ear and run straight to me. I love that she loves me no matter what, and as do I, her. Just spending time together and coloring on her giant coloring sheets is one of our special times together. We just color the day away, giggling, talking, and most of all bonding. Since she has started Kindergarten another exciting event for me is to listen to her read. I’m amazed at how fast she has picked reading up, and just how smart she is. I love receiving little letters or coloring sheets that she did just for me! Small gestures are HUGE for me with Chloe. I could listen to her laugh all the time; it is the sweetest sound I have ever heard. I also love for her to tell me a story (yes, it may take 10 minutes for her to tell me a 1 minute story) but I love it anyway. Another favorite time for us is what we call our slumber party. It will be just Chloe & me in the living room, eating popcorn and watching movies until we fall asleep. She thinks that is the coolest thing! It is just the little things in life that can mean so much. But, my top reason why I love being a mom is when she comes up to me and sits in my lap, gives me a big hug and tells me she loves me!! There is no greater feeling than that! Chloe is the most caring, gentle hearted six year old that I have ever known. My husband Chad and I have been blessed with the most precious daughter that I could ever ask for, and I thank God every day for her! I also pray that God will help me be the Christian mom and example for Chloe, and help her have a close relationship with God. So now you see why I love being a mom! tjmag.com / 47


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