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Life lessons
Punishments and consequences
Gentle and understanding
Always working
“I'll always be here for you”
Big Saturday morning breakfasts
“Look at me when I'm talkin' to you”
Hunting, fishing, camping, high
school football,
State champion swimmer
My dad

Success lectures
Stay focused and stay in school
“I'll pay for anything athletic or educational”
Watch your mouth
Respect your elders
Do the right thing
My grandfather

Take nothing for granted
Professional rodeo
Horseback riding
“Learn from your mistakes”
“Never give up”
Singing
Good times
Old friends
Home-cooked meals
Family recipes
My mom

Church on Sunday morning
Thanks to Jesus
Late-night prayers
Bible summer camp
Old white-haired women pinching my cheeks
Christians

Arguments
Wrestling
Snowball fights
Snowboarding
“Stay away from my sister”
Football games
Dirt bikes
Video games
Getting lost in the woods
Brothers

Jogging in the rain
Shopping
Sleepovers
Arm wrestling
Volleyball
Dreams
Writing
Talking on the phone
“You're my best friend”
Sisters

I was raised by family

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