James Edward Hogge

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on August 18, 2016 in Miscellaneous |

In the book of Proverbs, chapter 22, verse 6, the Lord encourages us to teach our children the right path, and when they are older, they will not stray from it. Eddy was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, friend and colleague, and the formative years of his life shaped him into the man we […]

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And I Know It’s Going to Hurt

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on May 16, 2016 in Growing Up in Plainview, Musings, Relationships |

A decade or more has passed since some of us had seen one another. Eight of us encircled a single table on the huge covered porch overlooking a field of wildflowers. We spent hours conversing throughout the weekend. “Catch us up on the last forty years” and one would begin the condensed version of her […]

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Christmas Mischief

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on December 2, 2015 in Growing Up in Plainview, Musings, Telling Your Stories |

Our evergreen Christmas tree looked more like the gatherings of a bird’s nest with its glass balls of gold, green, blue, and red dangling from every branch. The masses of silver metallic strands draped across every available sprig became clumps of silver wads placed by several little hands attempting to take part in decorating the […]

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Another Torch has Passed

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on September 14, 2015 in Growing Up in Plainview, Miscellaneous |

A longtime family friend, Amelia “Millie” Bishop left us and I cried. I cried out of my own selfishness. This world lost a pioneer in Christian world missions and I lost the last thread in the tightly woven cloth of the Bishop and Howard legacy. Those who have lost both parents are familiar with the feeling. […]

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