December 18, 2020

Dear Friend,

This year, more than any other year in recent memory, I am proud to be from Louisiana.

Despite a global pandemic, multiple impactful hurricanes, fraud charged in our national elections, shutdowns, church closures, and economic uncertainty, Louisianians still showed up for each other, served selflessly, and kept perspective on the challenges.

As we head into Christmas week and focus on the things which matter most – family, faith, and the birth of our Savior – I wanted to quickly reflect on what it means to be Louisiana. Our team put together this short video, derived from an original poem I shared at LFF’s Award Ceremony this year, which we think communicates the essence of Louisiana. Watch below:

I Am Louisiana

I am the little house on the levee, barefoot kids, an old mimosa tree & cold watermelon on hot summer day,

I am Friday night lights, district games, boosters, and the halftime show,

I Am Brees, Burrow, Bert, and the Honey Badger.

I am the Mighty Mississippi – from the Arkansas line to Venice Redfish Rodeo.
I am faith that thrives, family that loves, freedom that celebrates, and a wet fishing line!

I Am Louisiana.

I live large and play hard;
I believe big and pray on my knees,
In Jesus’ Name.

I am an old chocolate lab name "Roux" and a new baby boy we call “Boo”,
I'm the melting pot of Cajun, Creole, German, Spain, Africa, Vietnam, and Mexico,

I am strong, French drip coffee, pan-pan-du, shrimp and grits, and corn maque choux.

I am Saturday night in Death Valley, My Sunday best for worship, followed by a family BBQ,
I am my mom's firstborn son, old Maw Maw’s favorite one, and my 2nd grade teacher’s 1st love

I am the first split of teal season, the rut, the playoffs, and Harvest time
The season the ole’ Frenchmen called Jubilee,
Because it offers some of the best of what God provides for you and me!

I am laughter, a crawfish boil, long family visits, and longer goodbyes,
I am Sunset to Sunshine, Shreveport to Shell Beach, Monroe to Mowata,
and everything in between.

I Am Louisiana

I respect the thin blue line, the men in uniform, the man on the combine & my Daddy’s dreams,
I am early to rise, a full day's work,
A son, a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a Pa'rain, and friend.

I am Louisiana, where God is honored, life is celebrated, families flourish, and liberty reigns!


LFF stands in honor and with allegiance to you and your family. Without your partnership, we would never dream of having the impact that we do as a watchman for life, liberty, and limited government in Louisiana. These values are the things which make our state so, so great.

As we prepare for the 2021, I’m asking you to stand with me again. COVID has caused uncertainty for many families, but so many still continue to give faithfully because they believe in LFF’s mission. We need to raise another $88,000 to be fully-funded in 2021. Will you consider a generous, year-end, tax-deductible gift to put us in position to succeed?

Thank you for all you do to support our team. We’ll continue to fight for you, your family, your church, your business, and your community – from Baton Rouge to Washington, D.C.

In His Service,

Gene Mills
Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. Please share this video with your friends and family, along with a link to The Louisiana Blessing. Feel free to enjoy them over the holiday season – together!

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