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Coco Butter and Ken McCardell

Who is Coco Butter?

When I moved back to Michigan, after managing a cattle ranch in Montana, I moved into a quality neighborhood. I eat at neighbors’ houses. I can’t tell you how many times my door-bell has rung and a neighbor was standing there with fresh made food in her hands.

Wheelbarrow Creek Ranch, Stevensville, Montana - the ranch office
Wheelbarrow Creek Ranch, Stevensville, Montana – the ranch office

Day after day I’d roll through the neighborhood on my rollerblades or skateboard with my dogs pulling me at full speed. My dogs helped me meet many of the new neighbors, whether from us racing around, or playing in the front yard. People are always waving and saying hello around here.

One of the families I met stopped by for treats on Halloween. They gave me a battery for my smoke detector as a return treat. The father of the family is a pastor at Heritage Church, where I now volunteer at a food pantry and serve as a “lead” usher. I put the “lead” in quotes because all of the ushers are servants working as a team. And we’ve got some great team members.

A number of other families in our neighborhood attend at the church as well.

Trunk-or-Treat at Heritage Church with some of my friends' kids.
Trunk-or-Treat at Heritage Church with some of my friends’ kids.

The pastor that stopped by; his kids would come out rollerblading with me. We’ve done indoor wall-climbing, played basketball, bowling, bounced around on trampolines and swam in swimming pools. From baseball to soccer and football—you name it and we’ve done it.

The pastor’s daughter has the nickname Coco Butter. She came to Warren Woods Christian School to be my videographer. She earned a place in my heart and one of these days I’ll be releasing a book with her as the star character. The picture below is a rough-draft of one of the pictures/poems for the upcoming book.

Coco Butter climbs a mountain with a chimpanzee.

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