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Here's a picture you won't see today while watching the #Masters....this is my friend fishing in #raescreek from the back of the 11th green :) #thankful #gratitude #whyilovethisgame #golfdigest #golf #golfing #beautifulcourses #golfarchitecture #ilovethisgame #viewfromthetee #the18thgreen #anythinggolf #golferparadise #golfaddict #golfworld #golfstagram #golfmagazine #linksmagazine #gottagolf #golfnow #augustanational

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One of the things that I love about Chicago is imagining what it would have been like 80 years ago....and it's not that hard since so many of these amazing buildings have been around for that long or longer... like these looking down Michigan Ave. #artofchi #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving

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You can lead a flamingo to water....but you can't make him drink. :) #thankful #gratitude #artofchi #deftonysrealm #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving

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Land of the giants....looking north up LaSalle in the Windy City #artofchi #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #city #cityscape #architecture

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Herbert Hoover's birthplace. Hoover was the 31st president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. #nationalparkgeek #historic #historicsite #president

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What canoe do today? Unlikely doesn't mean impossible...do what you can TODAY! #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #canoe #hopeful #believe #makeithappen

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Mission Control....the Eagle has landed! #artofchi #deftonysrealm #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #wrigleybuilding #bnw

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If you're going to have a barn in the field....you might as well have some fun with it, right? So what barn do YOU need to paint and have some fun with? It's all about perspective...find the barn in your life that you need to paint...and paint it! #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #barns #fields #perspective #leadership #makeachange

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Start a fire - We're in the first week of a new year and it's time to start a fire. You either need to start a fire to burn the waste, the garbage, the disappointment, the failures, the almost-but-not-quite, and all the other junk from 2015 that you drug into this year..... or.... you need to start a fire and get going on on all the possibilities and the dreams that stand before you with a brand new year. Either way, start the fire and do what needs to be done! Let's do this! #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #newyear #challenge #fire #believe

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I have come to the end of my year, my 365 project, and my favorite 12 pics of the year. However, I could not choose between two pics as my favorite shot from this last year....so I have selected co-favorites....NUMBER 1A and NUMBER 1B. They both represent deeply important and beautiful moments to me. My second co-favorite is from the plane on my return from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. I, along with several men from my church, went down to do manual labor on a medical clinic they are building to serve a needy portion of the island-nation. It was hot, hard, work. And yet, God gave us not only the stamina to do the work, but joy in it as well. There is nothing more deeply satisfying than knowing that you have served those in need. I love this pic because you do not know if the sun is rising or setting. And actually, it is doing both. As the sun rises in one place, it is setting in another. So as the sun sets on 2015, it is rising on a brand new year. No matter if your year was all you wanted it to be or not, you have another one rising on the immediate horizon. Give it your best, and give it to God. You can't go wrong with that strategy. Happy New Year my IG friends! #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #bestoftheyear  #2015 #sunrise #sunset #clouds

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The NUMBER 3 pic in my countdown is one I call "Peek-a-boo". This picture has more questions than answers. And even though I like clarity, once in a while, a little mystery is a good thing. The full moon is there, but is it? What are you seeing? What kind of place is this? Rather than give you the clear and simple answers, this picture makes you think, it makes you wonder...and that's why I have it as one of my favorites. #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #bestoftheyear  #2015 #dominicanrepublic #moon #fullmoon

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I grabbed this pic as the sun was setting on a cold, snow-covered day in Chicago way back in February. The sky was a beautiful yellow tone as it was the sun was setting and it lit the river and the north side buildings in such a wonderful way. This is definitely one of my favorites from this year and comes in at NUMBER 6. #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #s  #2015 #artofchi #deftonysrealm #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #sunset

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Logging in today at NUMBER 9 in my #top10 favorite pics from 2015 is this snapshot from the Dominican Republic. I went with a team of short-term missionaries at the end of July to work on building a wall for a medical clinic that is being built in an under-served portion of the country. The mission there is Solid Rock International, and they have been onsite and serving the people of the DR incredibly well for many years now. It was hot and hard work...and yet somehow, it was also deeply satisfying. The beauty of the countryside is compelling for sure. But I've never seen a cement block wall look so good in all my life. :) #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #bestoftheyear  #2015 #solidrockinternational #dominicanrepublic #thedr #missions

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Today, I begin my countdown of my favorite 12 pics from this year. Choosing your favorites is no small task. Each one captures a moment in your mind and has its own story. And like children, they're all different, but they're all special. But...for the first entry, and especially since it is Sunday, I thought it appropriate to begin with this beautiful little chapel on the grounds at #TopOfTheRock in #branson Missouri. On this last Sunday before Christmas, I hope you are able to find someplace special to worship the Christ of Christmas. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #worship #church #chapel #deftonysrealm #architecture #bransonvacation #discoverbranson #explorebranson #Godisgood #christmas #reasonfortheseason #365challenge #365project #oneaday #top12 #bestoftheyear #2015

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The clock is ticking....only 7 shopping days left before the big event. So get moving! :) #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #christmas #deftonysrealm #artofchi #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #clock

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #excited #colorful #365challenge #365project #oneaday

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Just ask ET... it's never a bad idea to call home. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #family #fog #mist #satellite #communication #365challenge #365project #oneaday

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12th green and #raescreek at #augustanational from the bridge on 13....it's wider than it looks on TV #thankful #gratitude #golfing #beautifulcourses #golfarchitecture #ilovethisgame #viewfromthetee #the18thgreen #anythinggolf #golferparadise #golfaddict #golfworld #golfstagram #golfmagazine #linksmagazine #gottagolf #golfnow #augustanational #Masters

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I never get tired of seeing Old Glory flying...especially against the amazing backdrops in Chicago. #thankful #gratitude #artofchi #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #flag #oldglory #usa #america

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I'm thankful every day that Jesus died on this cross. ..for me. But he did it for You too...whoever and wherever you are. John 3:16 is one of the greatest expressions of love you will ever read. But don't just read it...believe it and receive it....then you will TRULY be blessed. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #worship #Jesus #church #artofchi #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi

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Legend says his heart grew three sizes that day..... #artofchi #deftonysrealm #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #trex

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Sometimes winter can actually be pretty and fun.....sometimes.... #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #winter #snow #evergreen #havefun

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Though the sorrow may last for the night...joy comes in the morning! - psalm 30:5 #deftonysrealm #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #sunrise #sky #winter #bridge #clouds #midwestexplored #enjoyillinois

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Well....this certainly explains a lot! It's ok to laugh...it's #fridayfunny :) #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #adler

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"On such a winter's day...." Where do your dreams take you? #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #peoria #illinois #enjoyillinois #downtown #midwestliving #midwestexplored #bridges #frozen #winter #graysky #artofchi

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Well I didn't do one of these before the end of the year, so I'm posting mine a little late. It's interesting to me to discover that the nine most liked pics were ALL golf pics....not sure what that means...but it is interesting. Here's to a great year and great golf in 2016. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #whyilovethisgame #golfdigest #golf #golfing #beautifulcourses #golfarchitecture #ilovethisgame #viewfromthetee #the18thgreen #anythinggolf #golferparadise #golfaddict #golfworld #golfstagram #golfmagazine #linksmagazine #gottagolf #golfnow

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I have come to the end of my year, my 365 project, and my favorite 12 pics of the year. However, I could not choose between two pics as my favorite shot from this last year....so I have selected co-favorites....NUMBER 1A and NUMBER 1B. They both represent deeply important and beautiful moments to me. So, my first co-favorite is from my oldest son's wedding in October. I had the joy and honor of officiating his wedding at the campus chapel at College of the Ozarks. They had no space for the groomsmen to hang out, so they took pictures outside and were waiting outside until the ceremony started. I had gone in to speak for a moment to the bride and came back out to be with the guys until the service began. When I walked outside, this was what I saw...my son the groom and all of his groomsmen, in a huddle, praying for the wedding. There was NO ONE else around...no photographers....just these guys wanting to pray for God's blessing. I had my cell phone camera which I grabbed out of my pocket and took this pic completely without their knowledge. Not much can make a father more proud than this...especially when his other son is part of this huddle too! This was indeed a special moment, on a special day, in a special year. I pray that you each have such a blessed year in 2016. #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #bestoftheyear  #2015 #weddingday #prouddad #collegoftheozarks

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NUMBER 4 in my countdown is this shot from a snowy day in the woods. There was just something about this scene that caught and held my attention. The air was crisp and the colors were great. It's an excellent way to clear your mind when you need to weigh decisions that you are facing. And on a freezing rain and snowy day here in the Midwest, it seems to fit. #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #bestoftheyear   #2015 #woods #snowywoods #winter #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #peoria #naturalbeauty #nature

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NUMBER 7 in my #top10 favorite pics from 2015 is specifically chosen because it meets the criteria of my top 10, as well as fits the focuse of today....CHRISTMAS! On this day, this picture brings to mind these beautiful words written in 1863 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow..."I heard the bells on Christmas Day, Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet The words repeat, Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" That is the purpose of Christmas and the purpose of the arrival of Christ. I share the sentiments of old Henry to all my IG friends today...peace on earth, good will to men! Merry Christmas everyone! #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #s  #2015

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Today, is day three in my year-end countdown of my favorite 12 pics from this year...which means I have come to the TOP TEN! Coming in at number 10 is this whimsical shot of a windmill and a strain of prairie grass. The odd comparison pleases me and is a good example of playing with scale. The other fun thing to me about this pic is that it was taken while I was doing one of the things I love most....playing golf! Yep...this pic was taken on the golf course while on vacation with the family in the Lancaster, PA area. So, I hope you enjoy number 10 as we continue to wind our way down to the end of the year and my favorite pic of 2015. #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10 #bestoftheyear  #2015 #ironvalley #windmill #sky #clouds #whyilovethisgame

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Tomorrow I will begin my countdown of my favorite pics of 2015. And in honor of the 12 Days of Christmas, I'll share 12 pics. So....we'll start working our way up or down the ladder to the number one shot of 2015. Happy Saturday everyone....GO finish that shopping. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #architecture #bnw #fireescape #urban #peoria #365challenge #365project #oneaday

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Copernicus.....doing his thang! #thankful #gratitude #artofchi #deftonysrealm #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #science #bnw #365challenge #365project #oneaday

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I so love Sundays. But I especially love them at my church during Christmas. Wishing all God's best to all my IG friends this morning. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #worship #church #sunday #deftonysrealm #365project #365challenge #oneaday

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New is fun and cool and shiny. But never forget the value of what's older. Learn to appreciate character and experience, and yes....even tradition. If you can learn how to blend the two, you will be far ahead of most...and probably much more satisfied to boot. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #architecture #leadership #learn #grow #stonework #flag #365challenge #365project #oneaday

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In honor of Masters week...I'm sharing a few pics from my round played there many years ago....this is from the 16th green. #thankful #gratitude #golfing #beautifulcourses #golfarchitecture #ilovethisgame #viewfromthetee #the18thgreen #anythinggolf #golferparadise #golfaddict #golfworld #golfstagram #golfmagazine #linksmagazine #gottagolf #golfnow #augustanational #Masters

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These carvings are part of the "Ancient Americas" exhibit at the Field Museum. They are attributed to the native Eskimo tribes of the Pacific-Alaskan North West. They are both amazing and creepy. The exhibit is well worth the time and admission is free for the final few days of February. #artofchi #deftonysrealm #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #museum

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Merging traffic....Chicago style #artofchi #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #architecture

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"This cottage where I was born is physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life." - Herbert Hoover. // never forget that where you started, nor even where you are NOW, determine your potential. The only thing that can limit your future is you. So keep pushing forward...you'll get there sooner or later if you don't quit. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #persistence #perspective #perseverance #dontquit #keeppushing #humblebeginnings #nationalparkgeek

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Oh the places you will go.....don't just dream it, do it. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #winter #hardwork #determination #persistence #dream #makeithappen #bridge

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Trump didn't win last night...but his buildings are still winners....especially when surrounded by the rest of the beautiful Chicago skyline #artofchi #deftonysrealm #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #skyline #trump

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Which way do you lean? #artofchi #deftonysrealm #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #bnw

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Sometimes the bridge you need to get you from where you are to where you need to be, can be found in the most unexpected places. So always keep your eyes open, you just might be surprised where your answers will be discovered. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #nature #naturalbeauty #coveredbridge #woods #snowywoods #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #leadership #learn #dontquit

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Welcome to 2016. Never forget that what is behind you isn't nearly as important as what is ahead of you. Decide today to leave the past behind you and move into new opportunities and new experiences. Oh....and don't forget to enjoy the ride. Happy New Year! #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #nature #naturalbeauty #bridge #newyear #leadership #growth #believe #nofear

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City of the Big Shoulders and Cold Weather comes in at NUMBER 2 in my favorite pics of the year countdown. Back on a super cold day earlier this year, I was out with my beautiful bride over at the Adler Planetarium. Across a frozen inlet and against a heavy, gray, imposing sky, this picture came out as the ultimate expression of a "Gothom-esque" comic rendering. I love everything about this picture...except how cold I was taking it. #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #bestoftheyear  #2015 #artofchi #chicago #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chitecture #mychicagopix #flippinchi #enjoyillinois #midwestexplored #midwestliving #gotham

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Coming in at NUMBER 5 in my favorite pics from 2015 is this shot from downtown Peoria. They have done a great job in working to renovate the downtown area, and while it is still a work in progress, it's definitely got some fantastic visuals due to the reuse of so many old industrial buildings. And having a great sky certainly helps. #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #bestoftheyear  #2015 #peoria #illinois #enjoyillinois #midwestliving #midwestexplored #architecture #artofchi #downtown #sky #clouds #watertank

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NUMBER 8 in my #top10 favorite pics from 2015 is a shot of the globe hanging in the #ohare Airport. On this Christmas Eve day, it felt like an appropriate selection since people will be traveling over the river and through the woods to get to family wherever they are. And as people are traveling around the globe to celebrate Christmas with their families, I hope you will pause to remember that Jesus Christ traveled away from his home to enable us to become part of his family...and my greatest prayer for each of you...is that you will know what it is to be part of that FOREVER family. Travel well and safely my friends and may you know the joy and true meaning of Christmas. #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top10  #bestoftheyear  #2015 #artofchi #choosechicago #igerschicago #insta_chicago #chi_cityshots #chigram #igchicago #chitown #chicago #flippinchi #enjoyillinois

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Today, is day two in my year-end countdown of my favorite 12 pics from this year. I was so surprised how hard it is to pick out your favorites. So many moments that were special throughout the year. It's a great exercise that can make you thankful for the year you have been blessed to live. So coming in at number 11 in my countdown is this shot from one of the beaches at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. It was a beautiful day, but with high winds. The waves were higher than normal and the sun was setting. In addition to that, there was a wind-surfer out on the lake. All of it just came together to create this amazing moment this summer. #thankful  #gratitude  #praisepoint  #deftonysrealm  #365challenge  #365project  #oneaday  #top12  #bestoftheyear  #2015 #greatlakes #lakeerie #presqueisle #erie #beach #waves #midwestexplored #midwestliving #windsurfing

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It's a perfect day for a fire...don't you think? #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #fire #fireplace #happy #happilymarried #365challenge #365project #oneaday

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Mark Doebler

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May your day today be blessed with blue skies, warm sunshine and gentle waves. #thankful #gratitude #praisepoint #deftonysrealm #nature #naturalbeauty # fence #beach #greatlakes #midwestexplored #midwestliving #sunrise #365challenge #365project #oneaday

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It's almost Christmas....who wants to play with Legos? I do! I do! #thankful #gratitude #legos #colorful #deftonysrealm #365project #365challenge #oneaday

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