putting the pieces together

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An illustrated autobiography

copyright 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dedicated

to

 

 The Women in My Life

  

for it is they

that have made me what I am

 

                                                                      

 

                                                             

 

             Nancy                     Wanda                      Vera                    Christina

                    My First Love                             My First Wife                      The Love of My Life                 My Gift  From GOD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The transition...

 

                              

                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

 

Preface

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My early life  *   Growing up in Chicago  *   Games we played   *   Summer on the farm

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Joining the work force  *   Building a future  *   The retirement years 

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Other adventures  Hobbies and other interests

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Miscellaneous stories  * The recent past

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Our homes  * A sign of the times

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My family - photographs

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NANCY   (Cecelia)   *   WANDA   (Pam)  VERA   (Terry & Stacey)   TINA  (Jennifer & Courtney)

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LIANE  (our Dutch daughter)   *   and the other kids...

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My travels

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Meals, favorite and otherwise (coming)

 

 (optional stories/links on web pages)

 

 Preliminary Draft -   2009,  rev 2010,   rev 2011,   rev 2012

all my material subject to copy right ~ all rights reserved

Genealogy chart

 

             

       putting the pieces together     

 My life story

An autobiography, as I remember it

 

Charles Robert Jolicoeur, Jr.

 Chuck

 My life has been full of experiences and actions which vary from near one end of the good and bad spectrum to the other. I will not judge anyone and hope that you will not judge me. I can change nothing from the past and can only influence the future in a very limited way. Although not very religious, I place my trust in GOD and thank him for all the blessings he has bestowed upon me. And there have been many!

 From my experience, and what I have read regarding others, we all have done things that we regret. I am no exception.

 Overall, I have had a good and happy life.  Most always in good health.  The few close calls always worked out well.  My love life has been rewarding.  I have been blessed with many diversified children. I have regrets but am satisfied with who I am and who I was.  I thank GOD for my past and I accept whatever GOD has in store for my future. My life story that follows is far from complete.

 Before I begin, I would like you to read a little story that my wife Tina  was so thoughtful to give to me.

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!

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In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes" But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.

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Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper." Sally just smiled and said, "Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help" She whispered again, "Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

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After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's; he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you."

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Thought for the day and every day thereafter?
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Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done...  And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)  ...whatever it is...You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness; He not only forgives you, but He forgets.  It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.
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Always remember, God is at the window!