Monthly Archives: April 2023

The 2023 Ouelessebougou Gala and Auction

We work all year with the Ouelessebougou Alliance to prepare for what happened today–our annual gala and auction, where we hope to raise enough money to keep our programs and projects moving forward for the rest of the year. We … Continue reading

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My Dear Friend, Marjo Rietveld

Meet my dear friend, Marjo Rietveld from the Nederlands.  The first time I met Marjo was on my wedding day in October 1990.  She and her husband, Ad, flew across the ocean to celebrate with John and me.  I had … Continue reading

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Mary Ellen Edmunds, Dear Friend and Companion

Today I visited one of my dearest friends, Mary Ellen Edmunds.  I first met her in 1981 in the Missionary Training Center.    Mary Ellen taught all of the Sisters every Sunday morning in the big cafeteria/gym.  We loved her … Continue reading

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Starting a New Quilt Group in Midway, Utah

Today was a red-letter day for a handful of wonderful quilters in Midway, Utah.  We’ve been talking about starting a group here for some time.  I was called on to get the ball rolling, so today was the day we … Continue reading

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Dad’s Shop

We visited Dad’s gravesite today.  It’s the first time I’ve been there.  I felt closer to him when I was in his shop, with his tools.  I remember how carefully he built his tool board, outlining each tool so we’d … Continue reading

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Our Laemmlen Family Reunion, Reedley 2023

We had a great day!!  I loved being with my cousins and uncles and their families once again.  When we were young, we got together every Easter at Avocado Lake or Roeding Park Zoo for an Easter egg hunt or … Continue reading

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Grandma Elsa’s Kuchen

Every Saturday morning my Grandma Elsa, who lived on the farm next door, baked her bread, rolls and Kuchen. The Kuchen was our favorite. She made her Kuchens using canned apricots, fresh apples or fresh Italian plums. Of course I … Continue reading

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Visiting the Home Farm–Childhood Farm Relics

It’s hard for me to visit the home farm now.  So much has changed.  What I see now doesn’t fit my memories of where I grew up.  I want to hang on to those memories.  I wish things didn’t have … Continue reading

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A Laemmlen Family Reunion in Reedley

This weekend we took a road trip to Reedley with my brother, Paul and his wife Leslie, driving all day Thursday.   Our first stop in town was for Mexican food, then our favorite childhood haunt, Foster’s Freeze. Kings River is … Continue reading

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Emily Bailey’s Crumb Quilts

This afternoon at our Quilt Guild meeting we got to see some of Emily Bailey’s quilts, many of them made with “crumb” pieces.  Here are a few that were interesting to me, or that show how she works with scraps.  … Continue reading

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