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Saturday, January 23, 2010

What grandchildren do for you

Erin Ann Bell will be eight years old this week. But if you're going to send a birthday card, you better send Hello cards to sister and brother.

They attend the balloon festival in Albuquerque

Abby loves pink and princesses

Max loves trains

Aw, it's such hard work, such an obligation. Sure. This is so much fun. These come from joy and thankfulness. I'm sure I wasn't the best father in the world, but I tried hard and provided, and with the help of God, strong genes, luck, and their exceptional mother, we have four really terrific children. And now the grandchildren.

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