Yesterday I saw this photo on facebook and I decided to share. This is a picture of my cousin Vernon, with his family. His whole family. 🙂  Ken, their oldest son has been in Iraq and is home on leave. It’s hard for me to believe that Vernon is old enough to have a son in Iraq. After all, it seems like it was just a few years ago we were running all over the fairgrounds in Broken Bow and having pow-wow’s in Grandpa’s granary.

Yes, if you’ve read the book, The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Missing Watch you will recognize those scenarios and you might wonder if Vernon is a character in the book. The answer to that is, “yes, kind of.” As I’ve told my cousins and siblings, I tried very hard not to make any of the character too much like any of us. I do believe Vernon will recognize a little of himself both in Brandon and Max.

I am thankful for the memories I have of times with my cousins. I am even more thankful to see Vernon’s family serving God and country. We are so proud of you Ken, and pray that as you return to Iraq God will have his hand of protection firmly upon you!

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