Birthday Breakfast with Jared

Saturday Morning, May 21

DSC_2664Jere always takes his children out for breakfast on or near their birthday. When he made plans to take Jared out for his 12th birthday, Jared asked if Grandpa and Grandma could come.

DSC_2666We didn’t think it would suit us because we were going to an 8:00 AM prayer breakfast. When Jere said they were going to be at Lititz Family Cupboard at 7:00 AM, we realized that it fit perfectly in our plans – to at least stop in and have coffee with them.

I love celebrating with our children and grandchildren.

DSC_2671This was the scene next to the restaurant parking lot as we were leaving – and it was raining.

Day 1 in Maine – Christmas

Monday Evening, January 4

DSC_6691After supper at Sea Dog, we went to Hannah and Lydia’s place to exchange a few gifts.

DSC_6693The gifts in the box were for Now-You-Have-It-Now-You-Don’t. I forgot to take pictures of that game.

I think we brought some of these gifts from Pennsylvania – given by Nate, Abby (their Pennsylvania daughter & sister), and Anthony.






DSC_6702Two chocolate bars for Diane.

Our First Day in Maine

Monday, January 4

1It was a cold day in Maine, so I enjoyed the outside view from inside. This is the view of their deck from their living room.

2They recently bought a house, so it was fun seeing new landscape and enjoying their warm, cozy house.


4 (1)I love how the sun shines in their windows.

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4 (3)Diane turned 50 on January 1. These flowers were from Mark (her husband).

4 (4)I love their kitchen and the plants on the inside window ledge.

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5By evening they enjoy pretty sunsets from the same window.

6We enjoyed a nice relaxing day while Mark worked (driving a big rig) and Diane spent some time with the elderly woman she cares for a few times a week.

Next time I will tell you where we went for supper.

Cabela’s in Christiana Mall, Newark, Delaware

Thursday, December 31, 2015

This trip was a Christmas gift to us from 2014 – from Roy and Deb.

Their goal was to take us to the Delaware Cabela’s sometime during 2015 – and they did – on the very last day. 🙂

Cabelas (1)While Cerwin and I waited at a red light – on the way to Roy and Deb’s – we enjoyed this beautiful pond.

Cabelas (2)We got to Cabela’s about 12:30 PM, so the first spot we looked for was the Deli-Grill.

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Cabelas (4)Cerwin enjoyed chili con carne and this barbecue sandwich.

Cabelas (5)I ordered a half sandwich – of bison meat. It was delicious.

Cabelas (6)I also got a cup of chicken noodle soup.

Cabelas (7)Enjoying lunch.

Cabelas (8)Deb bought us some delicious fudge for dessert.

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Cabelas (10)Then we went our separate ways to enjoy the unique experience of a Cabela’s store.

Cabelas (11)I explored and photographed their animal display and acquarium.

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Cabelas (32)Deb and Roy with their purchases.

I bought a new Thermos brand travel mug because it was supposed to keep coffee hot for five hours. It was expensive ($30.00) but we had $150 worth of credit at the store (because we use their Visa credit card) so it didn’t cost us anything. 🙂

Cabelas (33)Now I got Deb’s attention.

Cabelas (34)Roy took us over some back roads as we traveled to their house.

I love back roads.

Cabelas (35)The Amish children were going home from school.

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Cabelas (37)I knew the Peach Bottom power plant was near their house, but I had never seen it.

Cabelas (38)An Amish man and his mules.

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Cabelas (40)I asked Roy if I could get out of the car to take pictures of this interesting bridge.

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Cabelas (42)This was discarded next to where I was standing to get the bridge pictures.


Thanks Roy and Deb, that was a fun day.

Our Family Christmas

Saturday Evening, December 26

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1 (1)Jere and Kristen made the ham in their new smoker.

It was delicious.

1 (2)Deb and Chris discussing the table setting.

DSC_6248Our children and grandchildren make it easy for us. They bring all the food and we take care of the place, table settings, coffee, juice, water, and mocha punch.

1 (3)Nathaniel getting mocha punch

1 (4)Our dinner was a bit somber this year since Jere and Kristen’s special needs adopted “son” had just been taken to hospice and was near death – meaning Jere wasn’t there very long and Kristen wasn’t able to come at all.

3-1-1024x591They were glad that they had honored Gregg (in wheelchair) a few weeks earlier by taking him to see the Peanuts Movie – along with many other residents and caregivers.

They adopted him many years ago – so someone could legally care for him after his parents were gone. Though he could rarely put together full sentences, he conveyed to Kristen that he knew she would soon have to call the funeral home – “Not for Mamma or Daddy, but for me.”

He passed away a few days after Christmas.

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DSC_6249Reading the Christmas story from Luke 2.

DSC_6250I print out Luke 2, separate the verses, then hand them out in random order. Since everyone has heard the story many times, we read the verses in the order they receive them – not in verse order.

DSC_6251Deb reading her verse.

DSC_6253Playing Now-You-Have-It-Now-You Don’t.

DSC_6254Everybody receives three numbers. When their number is called, they choose an item. However, the item must stay in view of the others, because the item can be “stolen” until a person’s third number is called. Only then can the item be hidden behind their chair.

DSC_6255Anthony did not receive a number, but could choose any item he wanted. He thought he wanted these colorful bag clips, but soon decided that they were not a toy, so put them back and chose a bag of pretzels. 🙂

DSC_6256We loved the simplicity of this Christmas.

DSC_6387During the Thanksgiving holiday, when the children and grandchildren usually exchange names, it was decided to do something different this year – with the money they would have used in the gift exchange – and buy groceries for Manheim Food Pantry.

DSC_6389The food pantry appreciated the change in our Christmas exchange…

DSC_6850…and we were honored that our children made this choice.

Since the idea came from Jere and Kristen and their children, we decided that another one of our children will choose what we do next year.

Taking Inge to Visit the Nut Hut (Roy & Deb’s Place)

Saturday, December 12

Annie Oakley (2)When Inge mentioned that she would like to meet the Nut Hut animals, we made it happen for her.

Her first meeting was with Annie Oakley – the prairie dog.

Batman (1)She wanted to meet each one, but Batman was the one she really wanted to meet. I love the look of pleasure in Inge’s eyes.

Batman (3)Inge loves cats and has watched Batman grow up into a beautiful black cat – via pictures only.

He was a mangy, skinny kitten when he arrived at the Nut Hut.

Dale (Downs Squirrel)Dale was pushed out of the nest by his mother because he was born with something similar to Downs Syndrome.

Evan (1)Evan the possum is beautiful – for a possum.

Evan (2)When I asked Deb why she hadn’t released him in the fall, she said because Dale has bonded with Evan like a parent – and due to being special needs, Dale needs a parent.

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Skippi Rae (1)Skippi Rae is one of Deb’s first rescues and oversees the deck where many outside squirrels come to eat.

Skippi Rae (2)One time she “warned” all the inside animals that there was a hawk outside.

Roy, Deb, and DaleRoy and Deb (our youngest daughter) truly care for their rescues and love when they can release them – as they do with most animals – but when the animal cannot go back into the wild, they make sure they have a good life – with them or someone else.

I missed getting a picture of their flying squirrel and hedge hog – and the two skunks are hibernating for the winter.

Since we were there, they got a tiny baby goat. He was one of four, and the mother made sure everyone knew that she was not going to take care of him. I will have some pictures of him in the near future.

DSC_5829They live in an area where there are many Amish, so we usually see signs of them on our way to or from their place.

DSC_5834Holsteins in a field always make me miss my dad – a dairy farmer.


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It was fun for us to see each of them – and meet Dale and Evan for the first time.

Old Gang Get-together, Birthday Dinner & Sauder Reunion

There were four events that happened just before we went on the cruise, so I want to post three of them before I go into the details and photos from the cruise.

I will work on the fourth one, Brethren Disaster Relief Auction, after I post the cruise photos.


Old Gang Get-Together – Sunday evening, September 20

DSC_1112We enjoyed a delicious supper and evening at Bob and Lois’ house to celebrate our friendship with the old gang.

DSC_1114The old gang is made up of a lot of guys who “ran around” together when they were teenagers.

DSC_1117Many years ago – probably 40 to 45 years – after most of the guys had married, someone began this get-together.

It started with a picnic when our children were small. Now most of us have grandchildren and many have great-grandchildren.

DSC_1120A committee is chosen after each event – to plan the following year’s get-together. This year the committee provided soup, bread, and drink while the rest of us brought a salad or dessert.


DSC_1116Notice the bouquet of flowers – between the candles – on the nearest table.

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DSC_1122The beautiful view from Bob and Lois’ screened-in porch.

It was a delightful evening.


The next morning – Monday, September 21 – we had a beautiful sunrise.



A Birthday Supper With Jere and Kristen – Wednesday, September 23

1The appetizer we shared.

I was so excited about going out with Jere and Kristen for their birthday meals that I forgot my camera – so we used cell phones.

2Our delicious meals.

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I love spending time with our children.


Sauder Reunion – Saturday Evening, September 26

Reunion (1)The reunion was held in a separate area of Landis Homes campus – making it possible for us to take Cerwin’s mother to the supper.

Reunion (2)Mother recently had her 98th birthday and John’s 100th birthday is coming up in December, so Cerwin’s cousin Reba had a birthday cake made for them.

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Reunion (4)While Reba held the cake, we encouraged them to take a fingerfull of icing. 🙂

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Reunion (6)We placed them and Uncle Amos (a younger brother) in the open area of the room with chairs between the wheelchairs so their children and nieces and nephews could easily visit with them.

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Reunion (8)These are just a few of the delicious things we had for the covered dish supper.

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Reunion (14)The dessert table

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Reunion (17)Enjoying food and fellowship

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Reunion (19)Uncle John and Mother singing an old hymn.

Cerwin’s cousin Larry (left) came to ask John about an old church hymnal, after which they talked about a song that was a family favorite.

John said, “We sang it so often, I think I still know all the words.” Mother thought she knew the words as well. I asked them if they would sing it if I got everyone quiet. They said they would.

I can’t remember the name of the hymn, but everyone remembered it as Grandpa Sauder’s favorite, and a song the family often sang on the front porch in summertime.

It was a special moment.

Cerwin’s sister Doris read this and asked Mother about the name of the song. I found it online.

Rest By and By

Words: W. F. Cosner
Music: Rest By and By | Charles Edward Pollock
1. Often weary and worn on the pathway below,
When the burden is heavy, my heart throbs with woe;
Oh there comes a sweet whisper to quell ev’ry sigh,
“Do not faint ’neath the load, there is rest by and by.”

2. It becometh not thee to seek earth’s transient bliss,
Or thy treasure to place in a region like this;
Tho’ the cross may seem heavy, the moments soon fly
In the beautiful city, there is rest by and by.

3. You will not labor long for the Master below,
Soon His call you will hear, your free spirit shall go
To the light of His presence in mansions on high
Where the faithful repose, there is rest by and by.

Then, dear Saviour, I would not in sadness repine,
Nor would here on a bed of sweet roses recline;
For a country I seek where they nevermore die,
And in Zion, my home, there is rest by and by.

There is rest by and by,
In the beautiful city there is rest by and by.
Where the ransomed shall live with the Saviour on high,
In the beautiful city there is rest by and by.

Reunion (20)Mother, Lucy, and the prayer shawl Lucy made for her last year after Mother fell and broke her hip.

It was an especially good reunion.