The Old Gang at Brick Gables

Sunday Evening, October 29

It was a rainy evening, but we looked forward to seeing friends that we haven’t seen since our last event – about a year ago.

Also, it was our first time to have a meal in the banquet area – upstairs.

Most of this “gang” have been friends since the late ’50s and early ’60s when we were teenagers – most have known each other for sixty years or more. Some were friends as children, so that takes them back more than 70 years.

Shortly after arriving, we each had a sticker placed on our back. We had to find our partner by asking yes and no questions.

Questions like:

Am I male? Am I a movie character.

Am I a politician? Am I a Bible character.

I learned that I was a male Bible character.

When I saw a Goliath, I asked if I was David? No.

I saw Mary. I asked if I was Joseph. No

Finally I noticed a whale on Dot Myer’s back, and asked if I was Jonah? Yes!

We enjoyed tasty snacks while visiting and waiting for our meal.

Wilbur and Cerwin

Doris, Lois, Violet

Time for the meal.

Larry (standing) and his wife, Sally (in orange) helped to organize this evening.

It’s easy for this group to find reasons to laugh.

Dean (owner of Country Home Catering and Brick Gables) gave us instructions for the meal. His wife, Carole, was catering another event.

The winner of the centerpiece on each table was the one who found the partner to the sticker on their back. If there were multiple people who found their partner, we had to decide who found their partner first. We had several, so gave it to Wilbur and Violet who had traveled the farthest – western Pennsylvania. Most of us live in the area.

After the meal, a few of the couples told about recent trips to Europe.

Brick Gables is beautifully decorated.

There is also a deli and café in the lower part of the building.


Love this place.

Supper with Chaplain Dave & Laura

Tuesday Evening, June 20

We specifically set an evening aside to visit with Dave and Laura Hertle who were visiting from Omaha, Nebraska – to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Laura grew up in this area and has a large family of siblings, nieces and nephews, so their four children planned the celebration to be held in the Lancaster area. We were at the Macungie Antique Truck Show, so could not go to the party. 🙁

They considered staying with us until the Truck Rally – after their children went home. None live in this area – and most were staying in a house they rented for a few days. However, her brother Clyde and his wife, Doris, invited them to stay there and Dave and Laura knew it was a busy week for us due to Truck Rally.

Thus we planned an evening at Lititz Family Cupboard.

Laura and Dave (back left) and Doris and Clyde Martin in the foreground.

We had a great evening catching up on each other’s lives. We became friends with Dave and Laura in the mid-nineties when they came on staff with TFC and have visited them in Omaha several times. We have known Clyde and Doris just because he is Laura’s brother, and learned to know them better in the past few years because Dave and Laura usually stay in their home which is only a few miles from our house.

It was a great evening – a nice break from a busy Truck Rally week.

Birthday Friends

Sunday Afternoon, June 2

Flowers from our yard

Our birthdays are in February, and it was my turn to host the meal. I felt like a picnic this year and that doesn’t work in February.

I would have loved to take these tables out under a tree – like you see in magazines at times – but that looked like too much work so we set the tables up just inside the garage doors. Then opened the garage doors.

It was a fun way to have a picnic.

Around the table: Marcy, Mark, Gene, Emma Jean (Cookie to us), Gerald, and Cerwin.

I am sure this is a day when Gerald acutely misses his wife, Joanne, who died several years ago. Joanne, Marcy, Cookie, and I all have birthdays in February and have been friends since our early adulthood.

I’ve known Marcy and Joanne since high school. Cookie and Gene joined us when our children were small. My parents and Mark and Gerald’s parents were good friends, so I don’t remember not knowing them.

Another pretty cake from Cake & Cup Bake Shoppe in Lititz. My favorite – a white cake with raspberry filling.

Living Hope Native Ministries Banquet

Friday Evening, March 31

It was a rainy drive to Yoder’s in New Holland.


We liked the buggy’s mud flap. 🙂

The screen welcomed us and told us to check out the door prizes. Many are items crafted by First Nations people and books written by LHNM missionaries and friends.

We each received a numbered ticket when we entered the room. The drawing is a way for them to say thank you to those who attend the banquet.

Cerwin won the photo of the loons on the right.

Welcome by John Derstine, Downingtown, PA

The room was kind of dark and I didn’t want to use a flash. The speakers photos will reflect the lighting.

Merle Nisly

Merle was our pilot a few of the times we took Bible school teams to Pikangikum – a First Nations reserve in northwestern Ontario, Canada.

He is now President and CEO of LHNM.

He and Rita have become good friends as we kept communicating over the years since our first trip to Red Lake and Pikangikum in the mid 80s.

Rita was not able to attend this year due to upcoming surgery a few days after this banquet.

Rita and Merle from LHNM website..

I missed getting a picture of Stuart and Delores Swartzentruber – who were also at the banquet. We also learned to know them during our time at Pikangikum and have kept in touch through Facebook and newsletters. I found this picture of them on LHNM website. They serve at Sudbury Reserve.

Waiting for dinner

Table centerpieces

Our table. Notice Cerwin on the left, then Ray and Eva Nolt, Lois and Dale Wolgeumuth and Orpha and Gary Stevens. Ray and Eva and Gary and Orpha were also team leaders to Pikangikum.

A mother and son shared their testimony of receiving the message of Christ through LHNM.

Mary Faus closed in prayer.

She appears to be a First Nations native and has an inspiring way of praying.


We were blessed and challenged to pray more specifically for the work of LHNM.

Christmas Week ~ Part 1

Sunday, December 18 through Tuesday, December 20

We started Christmas week by having lunch at Pizza Hut with most of Jeff and Chris’ family to celebrate a few 2016 birthdays – Chris, Donovan, Diana, and Gloria.

Oh, what fun to be with their family.

The next day (Monday) we enjoyed lunch with the staff at TFC’s International Office.

Jon (Lynn’s husband), Cerwin, Lynn, Danielle, and Carol

Waiting for the hot dishes to be put in place.

George (Jane’s husband), Jeff, Scott, Karen (Scott’s wife), Mike, Carol’s daughter (I don’t remember her name), Carol, Dan (hidden) and his wife, Melody.

Everyone brought something.


Lynn Kolb blessed us with a song as we enjoyed the food.

I don’t think most of us realized that she has a beautiful singing voice.

We posed for a staff picture after the meal: Left to right – Lynn, Ruth, Carol, Mike, Inge, Scott, Danielle, Dan, Bunny, Jim, Sam, Cerwin, Jeff, Jane, and me.

Tuesday evening I went outside to enjoy and photograph the beautiful sunset that filled the western sky.

Same sunset – but a bit more to the north.

What I was seeing through the dogwood tree on our patio.

It was a delightful beginning to our Christmas week.

Supper with the Old Gang

Sunday evening, October 23

1-1This year we were on the committee to plan an activity for “The Old Gang” – which is made up of guys who ran around together 50+ years ago and their wives.

1-2We chose The Brickerville House because it is close to us and has a nice room for 30-40 people.

2-1There was an hour for visiting before supper.

As often happens the ladies were in one area of the room and the men in another. 🙂

2-2We chose the middle of the afternoon, because there was no charge for the room – between 3 pm and 6 pm.

2-3  3It is nice going to an attractive room where somebody else does the cooking.



64:00 pm – Time for supper










old-gang-23Following supper Rachel had a game of trivia -multiple choice.

old-gang-24Rachel and Wil were the other couple on the committee.

old-gang-22They had prizes – 3 dishs of chocolates – for the trivia winner, for the couple married the longest, and for the couple with the most grandchildren. We were tie for the most grandchildren, but deferred the gift to the other couple since we were on the committee.


old-gang-19After the games and gifts, Wil (blue shirt on the right) led a time of sharing old memories. Since the guys were “The Old Gang” there were a lot of stories about fast cars. 🙂

old-gang-27That was fun.

Meeting Friends from Canada

Friday, October 21

Our friend June Kuehl called us about a week before she and her daughter Maureen came to Lancaster County on a bus tour – from Ontario, Canada – to see if we could get together.

0Friday lunch worked for them and us. This is a pretty scene from our drive to Kitchen Kettle Village.


2While Cerwin shopped for a new wallet, I looked for photo opps.

2aI was sitting near the buggy rides, so the horses and carriages were of interest to me.



3-1The pretty leaves, berries, and pumpkins also got my attention.








3-9Then we saw their bus and soon noticed them walking toward us.

4June has been a friend of ours through TFC for many years. This was the first time we met Maureen.


6We enjoyed lunch and getting caught up on each others lives.



7-3Thanks, June, for giving us this opportunity by staying in touch.

7-4We saw this beautiful wild turkey just a few miles from home.

7-5Cerwin backed up a bit so I could take these pictures while hanging out the passenger side window. 🙂


7-7By this time another car and a motorcycle had stopped to watch him.

Lititz Craft Show

Saturday, August 13


DSC_4706My shopping partners – our daughter Deb and her friends Dee and Bernae.



DSC_4714Craft shows always remind me of the talent and creativity that God has given people.





DSC_4728The resident ducks were plentiful in the park.









DSC_4755Deb was talking to the designer of a cute raccoon picture, but I took this for the saying on his shirt: “I am not trying to be difficult, it comes naturally.” 🙂


DSC_4758I was fascinated by this cute Amish couple. I don’t think they were from our area because of their dress style and the design of her cap.


DSC_4769At this point I was more attracted to these flowers than the crafts across the street.







DSC_4781An attractive bush along the street.



DSC_4788By 10:00 AM it was hot and there were wall-to-wall people.





DSC_4806We were glad to get a table in General Sutter at 11:00 AM where it was cool – and we could sit for a while. This is Deb’s meal.

DSC_4808Dee’s lunch

DSC_4812Bernae texting someone

DSC_4813Deb is also checking her messages and Dee is reading the menu.

DSC_4816My watermelon soup. It was cold and delicious.

DSC_4818The scene on Broad Street as we walked toward our cars.


Thanks Deb, Dee, and Bernae for allowing me to tag along.

A Funeral on July 4

Rockwell Funeral (1)Cerwin and I were honored to be invited to speak at our friend Alan Rockwell’s funeral in western Pennsylvania. He was a salesman who sold “Jesus is Lord” mud flaps to TFC for many years. I was his contact person from 1990 to 2005. We often visited when he delivered mud flaps, and sometimes he would call me for prayer when something was going on in his family’s life.

Because it was a four-hour drive – and the visitation began at 11 AM – we left the house at 7 AM.

Rockwell Funeral (2)About the time we got to the first tunnel on the turnpike, I remembered that our grandson Jordan was also going this way – for his job. I messaged him to see where he was. He was an hour or two ahead of us and already off the turnpike and on his way to his first hog farm.

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Rockwell Funeral (4)Our breakfast stop

Rockwell Funeral (5)We followed this trucker for quite a while.

Rockwell Funeral (6)I like to pray for truckers as we travel. I had lots of time to ask God to meet this person’s needs. 🙂

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Rockwell Funeral (11)Another tunnel. There are four.

Rockwell Funeral (12)I took this picture next to the gas station where Cerwin stopped for gas. Dining on a patio sounds like something nice to do.

Rockwell Funeral (13)The sun was just right to photograph this pretty barn.

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Rockwell Funeral (15)This large banner was on a building as we neared the town where the funeral would be held.

Rockwell Funeral (16)Uniontown – where the funeral was held.

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Rockwell Funeral (18)Our drive home was quite different, as it had begun raining during the funeral.

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Rockwell Funeral (20)The Pennsylvania mountains are pretty even when partially covered by fog.

Rockwell Funeral (21)Seems like these trees have very little life left in them.

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Rockwell Funeral (24)It’s not very nice driving when it is this foggy.

Rockwell Funeral (25)Another set of trees without leaves. I always find it sad to see dead trees.

Rockwell Funeral (26)It was a good day. A rather unusual way to spend Independence Day. But a good day.

We were glad that we went to say goodbye to Alan and meet his family.

Lunch with Friends

Sunday, June 19

DSC_5024There must have been Amish church in our neighborhood. It was a beautiful morning for scooters and open buggies and we met many as we drove to our church.

DSC_5026Lunch was our annual friends birthday dinner – this year at Mark and Marcy’s house.


DSC_5027Roast Beef


There was also a vegetable and salad that I didn’t photograph.

DSC_5043We enjoyed a delightful, delicious lunch. Our hosts, Mark and Marcy, are on the left and next to Marcy is Emma Jean (or Cookie as she is known to us). Her husband Gene was not feeling well so was not able to come. Next is Gerald, whose wife, Joanne, died from cancer three years ago. She is keenly missed at these dinners. Cerwin has his back to the camera and my chair is empty because I am taking the picture.

We get together once a year to celebrate our friendship. This group of eight began many years ago because the ladies birthdays are in the same month – February. Sometimes we are together in February and sometimes we prefer a warmer month.

When our children were small, the group was much larger because together we have thirteen children.

DSC_5041We finished our meal with this delicious strawberry dessert.

DSC_5028Marcy is a talented decorator, so beauty abounds in their house.




DSC_5040Time always goes so quickly when we are together, and soon our visit was over.