I was never very close to Grandpa so the two weeks we spent with our extended family were very educational. I was reminded that he was an incredible man who lived a very full life. But at the funeral, as my Father-in-law read the eulogy, I came to this realization: Whether he realized it or not, Grandpa Paul built an amazing legacy that has already started making its way down the generations. My desire is to make sure that, at the very least, part of this legacy will continue to make it down to my children.

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People look forward to summer all year long. The shorts, flip-flops, vacation plans are set out and ready to go before May even hits. But here in NE Oklahoma (other states as well) summer only means one thing: heat. Lots of heat accompanied by high humidity makes for a truly miserable season. The only thing that makes it harder is trying to figure out how to keep your kids occupied indoors because of the extreme temperatures outside.

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