30 September 2011
28 September 2011
Gulp! A piece of humble pie was on the menu that morning as I was BLOWN away...so many fun, interactive stations that Haven didn't know which one to play with & where to go next. While some museums cater to older children (I'd say like 7-12), this one had something for everyone and Haven was the perfect age. She played on their jungle gym, did puzzles, played with their water set/tubes, shopped at a grocery store & then "checked out", made a pizza & then "baked it", played with trains, investigated the kid-size chess set, "drove" a Case tractor & JD combine, played with legos, and my favorite station: the painting room...Haven's first time with paints! Such fun & I didn't have to clean up the mess!
We went with Ashley & Reese...it was SUCH a fun time! Thanks friends!
23 September 2011
Halloween is right around the corner all...stay-tuned for more gnome pictures!
16 September 2011
14 September 2011
I want to say thank you for all the cards, prayers, emails & texts I received from you out there...they were felt & appreciated. As I type, Arlan is on his way back to central IL & I plan on flying back with Haven Saturday morning. I am saddened to think of leaving my dear mother already but know she will be well taken care of & needs to have her own personal time to grieve & adjust...whatever adjust means.
Continue to think of her & us in the coming weeks...blessings to all...katie
08 September 2011
"...It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." ~Revelations 21:6-7~
Last night Dad went to be with the Lord...at about 9:10 pm Dad took his last peaceful breathe with mom, all of his kids & spouses & Uncle Butch holding his hand while shedding our tears of joy & sadness.
Your prayers have meant so much to us the last several days, weeks, and months...bless all of you for thinking of us.
We covet the memories we have with Dad & ask in the next several days you continue to pray for strength for our dear Mom, us kids, and the many relatives and friends...victory has been won!
A golden heart, a golden life and now a golden scene ~ when I look back at Dad’s life, golden is what he means.
A golden car is what he drove as he whisked my Mom away ~ that Roadrunner climbed up the mountains & Mom was here to stay.
After a few purchases, a yellow truck is what Dad found ~ many a folk noticed Dad ~ his golden cab shown for miles around.
Doing to others as you want returned was often spoken here ~ the golden rule was always preached & to my Dad was dear.
My mom caught the golden fever & after 40 years ~ her laundry room now brightly shines golden through it’s mirrors.
Yellow is the color of courage: bright, brave & strong ~ one who knows, accepts & fights whatever life brings along.
And now my golden Dad has one more golden date ~ as he chose earlier in life to make Jesus Christ an eternal mate.
The golden rule, golden truck, laundry room & car ~ can all sit back & watch ~ streets of gold are greeting Dad from a far.
05 September 2011
Last Thursday we helped Mom transfer Dad to a Hospice Cottage in Luverne, MN...about 20 minutes from Lester, IA. It isn't a nursing home & it isn't a hospital...it is a wonderful 4-resident facility designed for people just like my Dad-with terminal illness that want the cozy, comfort of a home-like setting while waiting to go home...
So Haven and I are waiting because my dear Daddy is waiting...waiting for that amazing victory that comes to those who have found Jesus Christ as their Savior!
Thanks in advance for your prayers-we are feeling them!