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They Shall Become One Flesh; for a very long time

Good morning 😊 It is Friday, July 9, 2021.

Let’s have some fun today.

A very special couple celebrated an anniversary this week. Can you guess who?

His mother was a nurse.

When he was 3 years old his mother helped deliver the baby of their next-door neighbor. They would eventually marry.

He stole a penny from the collection plate at church when he was five years old.

He shot his sister Gloria "in the rear end" with a BB gun after she threw a wrench at him.

He was denied being selected high school class Valedictorian because he played hooky and went to a movie.

He was the first person on his father’s side of his family to graduate from high school.

At Annapolis he was paddled and hazed for refusing to sing General Sherman's battle hymn, "Marching Through Georgia."

He played basketball, ran cross-country; was a life-long tennis player; played softball and billiards, bowled, fished, hunted (especially wild turkey, quail, and dove).

His favorite spectator sport is baseball.

He rode a motorcycle in his earlier days.

He collects bottles and arrowheads.

He reads 3 to 4 books a week and has taken a speed-reading course.

He has taken a memory retention course.

He has paddled canoes, kayaks, and rafts many times on several rivers.

He successfully panned for gold.

He gave up his military career to save the family’s farm.

He has won 3 Grammy Awards; nominated for 9 Grammys. He won most recently for Best Spoken Word Album for his work on his audiobook.

He once filed a report of a UFO sighting.

He was once attacked by a rabbit while on a boat. The incident involved a swamp rabbit that swam “menacingly” toward him where he beat back the animal with a canoe paddle.

Harry Truman was his favorite President.

He received a Nobel Prize in 2002.

He supported civil rights, which hurt his early political career.

He was the only United States Naval Academy graduate to be elected to the White House.

He pardoned all Vietnam draft dodgers on his second day in office, commuting or rescinding the convictions of 566 people, and pardoning over 200,000 Vietnam War draft dodgers.

He sold off the presidential yacht in 1977. The boat had originally been bought by the U.S. Department of Commerce, for Prohibition patrol and decoy duties. It was decommissioned as an official Navy vessel under Roosevelt during World War II and served as the presidential yacht until it was sold.

He created the U.S. Department of Energy.

He had solar panels installed on the White House in 1979. President Ronald Reagan had them removed in 1981.

He was the only president to serve in the 20th century NOT to appoint any Supreme Court Justice during his term.

In 2012, he surpassed Herbert Hoover as the longest-retired president in U.S. history and in 2017 became the first president to live to the 40th anniversary of his inauguration.

He was born on October 1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia; was the first president born in a hospital, and, at that time, his home had no running water or electricity.

At 96 years of age he is the oldest living former president. In March of 2019, he passed the previous record held by the late President George H.W. Bush.

He was the 76th governor of Georgia and the 39th President of the United States of America: Jimmy Carter.

Rosalynn Smith and Jimmy Carter were wed on July 7, 1946, at a Methodist church in Plains. Carter was 21 and Rosalynn was 19, and the ceremony was held following his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18 ESV

Two days ago, they celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary!

They are both still active in their church and Carter is considered a key figure with Habitat for Humanity.

His favorite Hymns are "Amazing Grace," "Blest Be the Tie That Binds," and "The Navy Hymn."

His favorite Bible verse is Revelation 3:20: “Behold I stand at the door and knock: If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

What a legacy!

Although we have never met, I want to wish President and Mrs. Carter a very happy 75th anniversary!

He once said, “Rosalynn is probably the most influential person in my life."

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and . Genesis 2:24 ESV


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