Monday, 30 December 1985

Dear Richie and Becky,

I received your letter today just after I mailed you a package. You will just have to wait and see what it is. Don't anticipate anything exciting though.

It is always nice to hear from you. We enjoy your "rambling letters." It is just like listening to you.

Just so that I can send you a long letter, I will add here a letter that I sent to 8 other families recently. --
[Edited out for this page, since it is available in previous post.]

Well that was a rather long letter, wasn't it? I hope you enjoyed reading some of it. We sent a copy to Dan and Alisa. I hope you hadn't already read it.

A computer is a fantastic machine. You need to buy a Commodore 128 if you don't have one. I have a 64, but will probably get a 128 within a year.

I put together a fantastic program that presents the plan of salvation as we did for May campaigns in 1974, 1975, and 1976. Gary Martin has a Commodore 64, so I sent him a copy of it. I am still waiting for his comments about it.

Do you have access to a Commodore 64 or 128? If so, I will send you a copy. I would like to hear your reaction to it. I am having a friend in Texas look into the possibility of marketing it.

We got a letter from Mike and Becky Hinkle last week. They are either getting rich or deep in debt. I hope you are doing well with your practice.

YOU COULD COME TO NAPLES CHEAPER THAN GOING TO HAWAII. Your only expense would be airline tickets. I suspect you are set on going to Hawaii now. You are welcome to visit us even with short notice. Ten or 20 years from now you will regret that you didn't come.

I had forgotten that my parents mentioned a long time ago that you had bought the Henley house. We are so happy that you don't have to live in that old house on Hickory any more.

I read about the FSLIC thing in newspaper clippings from home. That was quite a major event for Harrison.

It sounds like you will have an exciting time in Panama. Let us hear all about it when you get back. Watch out for the mosquitoes.

So often it seems that those couples who would make the best parents have such a difficult time becoming parents. Keep the faith. There was an excellent article in a recent Upreach magazine on this subject.

If you want kids, take ours for awhile.

We never hear from Dan and Alisa. Thanks for the details about Dan's trip to Panama.

I would love to live and practice and bring up my kids in Harrison. However, there are many things to consider.

I prefer to have a Christian partner in private practice.

I am getting so fed up with the military. Washington is out to hang as many doctors as possible to prove to the press that they are "improving" military health care. They are turning so many good physicians against a military career that the day is coming when there will be much too few doctors available in the Service. I don't have to take this abuse. There is nothing they could say or offer me that would convince me or even encourage me to consider staying in. I so look forward to 8 April 1987 when I will be a free man again.

I am an indentured servant. I read frequently Ephesians 6:5-8, because I firmly believe he is talking to me. Nevertheless, it is difficult for me to have a good Christian attitude about the military.

Well, I have taken up enough of your day with all this "rambling." I enjoy sitting at a keyboard and typing a letter. I was always so amazed with your ability to do that with a typewriter in college. I have been able to do it only by the magic of computer technology.

We think of you often. Remember us in your prayers. Come see us when you can.

In Christian love,

Michael and Jeannie

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