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A Young Man Finds a Magical Young Woman Once upon a time, there was a little boy born into a magical household. The grandfather was a wizard with words, a type of town cryer that went from town to town spreading hope. He shared good news to people far and wide. He was a wise,…

Nomads in my Family Tree … Italian Exiles

I haven’t done the Ancestor.com. I haven’t researched extensively the Estes clan through the centuries. But, I do know a little. From what I know, we trace back to northern Italy where we were pretty well off. (There’s even a library with our name … look here). That’s also why I probably like pasta and…

She Loooves Me, She Misssses Me

25 years ago, I left Dallas to come to Virginia to serve at a church. For a few months, Lisa stayed in Dallas with our son, Calvin. Today, I came across a letter she sent me. It said that she missed me. Calvin missed me. They stayed up at night watching Barney, reading books, and…

Grace … in Your Marriage

Now, I am not sure if I am the person to write this. I have the perfect wife and don’t need to show grace to her for she deserves all the wonder and splendor that could come her way. But on the other hand, I have watched her for years show grace to her husband…

She’s Back & FB will not be the same!

She’s back online – so you better get ready. No, I’m not talking a power player in Washington or Hollywood. No, I’m not talking a world-wide sports figure. I am talking about Delia Faye Haynes – also known as “Mother” (Mom is Lisa, Mother is Faye). My sister was able to get back east and…

A Baby – Yikes and Yippee

It’s a boy and his name is Thomas. A couple of days ago, a special couple and some sweet friends had their first young, wrinkly skinned, human being explode into their life – a life that will never be the same. Or as what I like to call it – God has sent them back…

Throw Back Thursday … Estes Excogitations

A word from Dr. Robert Estes … I have a file of some old devotions, newsletter articles, sermons seeds, etc. Today, these would be on the web as blogs, Facebook articles, Tweets, or done up artistically for IG or Pinterest. Me, I have them as a simple document. So, I would like to have a…

Prayer For The Unknown

WOW – I got a “Thank you but no thank you, you don’t match our qualifications” letter today – in about 9 hours from the time I sent the CV and Cover Letter. That is the quickest turnaround I’ve had in this time of transition. Sometimes, life doesn’t work out in the time schedule we…

Motivation – Needs from Lower to Higher

When Calvin was in first grade, his teacher had a practice to motivate her students by a chart with every students name on it – stars were given and each kid was excited to see their progress. But she also had a bulletin board with an apple tree and each kid had their name on…

Lives Touching Lives

First – Thanks for all the shout outs, wishes, funny memes (thank you that none were with cats), crazy photos from my history, phone calls (the one from Caleb Tuck was my best surprise), cards, and all the wonderful thoughts. I tried to respond to them personally, but I may have missed a few. I…