Monthly Archives: January 2022

A Heart Quilt for Penny in Yakima

These last 3 days, I’ve made a quilt for my dear friend, Penny K. in Yakima.   She loves pink and asked for a quilt to help comfort her in as she battles several terminal illnesses. I went to work pulling … Continue reading

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John and his Ear

Living in Africa for the last 2 years meant we went with out any medical check ups that whole time.  When we returned home, we started going to all the regulars–our doctor, our dentist, this exam and that, making sure … Continue reading

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More Goodbyes Ahead –Claire and Graham are heading to Connecticut!

Claire has returned home to us, but not for long.  She and Graham are leaving next week for Connecticut, where Graham’s company, Henkel, is located.  Because of Covid, he’s been able to work remotely since he started there after completing … Continue reading

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Claire and her Medical Team in Mali Changing Lives

I’m always proud of the good our kids do in the world, but this week I’m especially proud of Claire who is changing lives in Mali.  They are working hard, doing surgeries every day this week.  Women have been pre-screened … Continue reading

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Covid Continues to Rage

For the record, this is happening again in our Covid-filled world–the numbers are spiking and people all around us are sick.  We’ve returned to huge divisions among our families and friends.  There are many who don’t believe in vaccinating to … Continue reading

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Taking Down the Tree

We put it off as long as we could.  Today we unfrocked the tree.  It always makes me sad, remembering the excitement and magic that filled the air as each ornament was hung and each Nativity was arranged.  This room … Continue reading

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The Lone Palm at the Home Farm Comes Down

Here’s a photo of the old Clifton Place, the 30 acre farm my parents bought when they started farming in Reedley in 1958, the year before I was born.  It was an older farm house on Road 52, about 3 … Continue reading

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Meet Matt and Karen Parsons, our Malian Replacements

Matt and Karen Parsons have been called to serve in the Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan East Mission.  This week they are receiving their training at the Provo Missionary Training Center.  We’ve been meeting with them every other week or so since … Continue reading

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The Rudolf and Elsa Laemmlen Home in Reedley, California 2021

My brother Eric phoned this week for my birthday.  It’s been awhile since I’ve heard from him.  “By the way,” he said at the end of the conversation, “I sold the farm.” I suppose I knew that the day would … Continue reading

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I Spy Quilts with the Kids!

I always imagined playing “I Spy With My Little Eye” with grandchildren and these quilts.  It’s finally happening!  And it is Oh, SO FUN!! Having a house filled with little ones has made for the best Christmas vacation ever.   … Continue reading

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