Jere & His Boys Splitting Wood

Saturday morning and afternoon, April 2

DSC_9505This was one of the trees we had taken down late last year.

DSC_9507Jesse’s job was to stack the logs.

DSC_9508Ian throwing the logs to Jesse


DSC_9510Jared brought logs for Jere for the splitter.



DSC_9517Josh helped after the first load was delivered to their house. I expect he was working until lunch – with Tom Hershey Landscaping,

DSC_9521Cerwin helped after we got home from breakfast with friends.



DSC_9526This will give them more wood for their outdoor fireplace.

Jana’s 17th Birthday Party

2 (1)How did that happen?

It seems like she should still be a preschooler – but she is now a loving, delightful seventeen-year-old.

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2 (4)A “creative” 17. 🙂

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2 (7)Opening her gifts

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2 (10)The funny part of the party.

2 (11)I thought she and her dad were doing a selfie until I saw the picture.

2 (12)Jana has some kind of phone ap that exchanges the faces. 🙂

2 (12a)This is Jana with Josiah’s beard. 🙂

2 (13)Sylvia and Kristen laughing at someone’s face exchange.

2 (14)Sylvia is a second mom to Kristen. She was a vital part of Kristen’s growing up years.

2 (15)Jana and Kristen’s exchange.

2 (16)Roy and Deb looking at their facial exchange.

2 (17)It is so much fun to have a lot of belly laughs.

Easter at Jere & Kristen’s House

Sunday Lunch, March 27

1I enjoyed their festive decorations.


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3 (4)Look at the base of this flower arrangement.

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3 (11)There were containers of gifts for everyone – from Roy & Deb.

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3 (13)This was our gift from Jere and Kristen.

3 (17)The ham before it was cut

3 (18)Brussels sprouts before they were baked

3 (19)Time to eat

3 (20)Candy by Allie

3 (21)The amazing fruit salad had a lime dressing on it.

3 (22)The gift that was in Jesse’s container.

What a fun lunch.

Maine Visitors During Mother’s Funeral

Saturday March 5 & Sunday, March 6

What fun to find these in my camera. Nsimba was taking pictures. 🙂

DSC_8664Our oldest granddaughter, Elizabeth

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DSC_8673Lydia (Elizabeth’s youngest sister) Anthony (their nephew – our great-grandson), and Elizabeth.

DSC_8677Elizabeth and Nsimba wanted pictures with us before the family left for Maine on Sunday morning.

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DSC_8695Can you tell that they are good friends? 🙂

1 (2)Then the Myers were on their way home – and I was left with my birds.

Dustan & Jenna’s Wedding – Reception – Final Entry

Saturday, September 12

1 (1)Pictures while waiting for the wedding party.

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1 (5)Debbie and her dad.

They had no idea that I was taking this picture.

1 (6)Garth (grooms cousin)

Everyone had a s’more package – a gift from the bride and groom – so roasting marshmallows over candles became a good way to spend time while waiting for the wedding party.

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1 (9)Valarae (grooms sister)

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2Watching the rain

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The Reception (44)It was really raining.

The Reception (45)I looked for things around the barn that I had previously missed.

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The Reception (49)The hors d’ oeuvres table

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Then we heard the rumble of the trucks – meaning the wedding party had arrived.

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The Reception (55)Time to roll up shirt sleeves

The Reception (56)The delicious meal was prepared by Country Home Catering.

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The Reception (59)Several tapped on glasses – and were rewarded with a kiss.

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The Reception (65)I just missed another kiss. 🙂

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The Reception (68)Well wishes before leaving the reception.

The Reception (74)Having fun with our great-grandson, Anthony.

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The Reception (72)A close up of Jenna’s pretty dress.

The Reception (73)Watching people

  uOh, what a wonderful, delightful day.

Dustan & Jenna’s Wedding – Part 2

Saturday, September 12

Family Pictures

0The families of the bride and groom were asked to be at the church by 1:30 PM for pictures. When we arrived the truck drivers and wedding party guys were on the porch. They were probably planning the wedding party get-away.

0aThe get-away trucks. The shiny sidewalk reflects the rain that was coming down.

0bThe Narthex area

0c (1)This board was the guest register – where everyone would sign their names.

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1 (1)The three grandpas: Larry, Marv, and Cerwin.

All grandparents go to the same church and are in the same Sunday school class.

1 (2)The aisle decorations. Sanctuary flowers by our sister-in-law Dot Hershey.

Mary Kathryn Hernley designed the bride’s and bridesmaid’s bouquets, all corsages and boutonnieres, plus several arrangements.

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2The pulpit area. I love this table.


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4 (2)Marv and Sue (Grandpa and Grandma Shenk) with Jenna and Dustan.

I was disappointed to miss the Shenk family picture. They were the first family and the photographer felt bad that she forgot to give the other photographers time to get pictures.

4 (3)The Rohrer Family. Dustan’s parents and siblings are on the left.

4 (4)The Wells family – our daughter-in-law Chris’ family.

4 (5)The photographer trying to figure out what to do with our gang of 30.

5She did a great job of arranging us.

5a…and then we were complete with a count of 31.

Josiah had another appointment and could not make the photo shoot, but came in time for the wedding, so I took a picture and put an inset of him on the right. It is the first time that we have all been in the same place since our 2012 cruise.

5b (1)Cerwin, me, and my stepmother, Velma, with the bride and groom.


Thanks to Debbie Rohrer for taking our family pictures with my camera.

5b (2)Diana (sister of the bride and maid of honor) and her handsome Donovan (an usher).

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The proud parents of the bride.

5b (4)Cerwin and our sons.

5b (5)I love seeing our four children together.


Tomorrow night – The Wedding Ceremony

Dustan & Jenna’s Wedding – Part 1

Saturday, September 12

The first thing we did on the wedding day was go to the barn where the reception would be held. We had punch to deliver for the hors d’oeuvres table.

1 (1)This sign was beautifully decorated with flowers when we came back that evening.

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3aI was responsible for the punch bowl, and this is the mixture I used to make a red punch – requested by our granddaughter, Jenna. To each gallon of punch, the attendant added a 2 liter container of ginger ale. I didn’t follow a recipe, just found red punch and added some real fruit juices. I thought it was pretty good.

3bAn overview of the room from a ladder. If you look through the closest ladder you can see a white door.

3cThis is where everyone would get their name tag which directed them to their table and seat.


4We were here a bit the day before – to learn where to put the punch, ginger ale, and frozen ice hearts.

4aWe saw Jeff, Chris, her mom, Jenna, Dustan, Diana, and Chelsey doing some of the setup.

4bThe wedding party’s table.

4cThe father of the bride was responsible for the marriage license.

4caIt was fun seeing the room before guests arrived.

5 (2)Thank you gifts from Dustan and Jenna – ingredients to make a s’more.

5 (3)Can you tell this is a family of hunters by the centerpiece on each table?

5 (4)We found where we will be sitting.

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5 (9a)Our sister-in-law Dot, did a great job on the flower arrangements at the reception.

5aJeff and Chris’ old truck was where gifts would be stored.

5bIt was supposed to be outside, but rain was predicted, so Jeff pulled it inside.



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Labor Day With Our Maine Family

Monday, September 7

Nothing – positively nothing – outside of my relationship with the Lord – makes me happier than to enjoy time with our children and their children and getting a glimpse into their lives.

Monday was a relaxing day for us – no deadlines or appointments.

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1 (2)Mark on his cell phone. He was just back from his job of driving a big rig – delivering bread products.

1 (3)Cerwin reading one of the Myers’ books.

1 (4)Diane putting away breakfast dishes.

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In the early afternoon we went to see where Hannah works. She had been milking cows part-time while working at ReStore (Habitat for Humanity). She fell in love with milking cows, and now does that fulltime and volunteers at ReStore.

L.P Bisson also raises beef cattle and hogs and has an in-house butcher shop. The above sign is outside their farm store where they sell milk and meat products.

1 (6)We timed our visit to coincide with the afternoon milking, so the cows were waiting to go to the barn.

1 (7)Hannah has a cute apartment on one end of the farm house. She just recently moved in because they owners wanted to redecorate first.

1 (8)I love the kitchen/dining area wallpaper.

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1 (10)Welcome-to-your-house-flowers.

1 (11)I think she said they were from the farm owners.

1 (12)She is drying the rose that was given to her for her work with a local business club.

1 (17)Lydia was looking for a job that fit in with her college studies and the farm was looking for another milker. They were able prepare a schedule that worked for Lydia.

1 (16)During the days she milks, she stays with Hannah. The girls are enjoying this arrangement.

1 (13)The barn is ready for the cows.

1 (14)Some new calves.

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1 (18)If we had been more alert to the beef cattle, we probably could have seen this one being born. We were their awhile when I noticed the mother cleaning it.

1 (19)Lydia talking to the cows just before it was time to open the gate.



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2 (46)Waiting for another farm worker to get the cows moved toward the gate.

2 (50)Before opening the gate she checked to make sure there were no vehicles coming up the road.

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2 (56)If I remember correctly they milk sixty-plus cows.

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3 (1)Back at the house Elizabeth asked grandpa for help with playing guitar.

3aMark grilled chicken for supper.


4 (1)I set the table.

4 (2)Loved spending the day with the Myers.

Cousin’s Week – Day 1 – Great-Grandma Day – Part 1

Monday, July 13

Great-grandma day (1)Our day began when I picked up Gloria, Jared, Jesse, Ian, and Jana – and their luggage – then went grocery shopping. After putting the groceries away, we picked up Diana at work and went to Manheim Twin Kiss for lunch (above).

When we first began Cousin’s Week, there were usually ten or eleven children at our house for the week, now we are down to the six youngest as the others are out of school and busy at their jobs. Abby is married and Jenna is getting married in September.

We have sixteen grandchildren (six grew up in Maine). The Maine grandchildren usually got to be involved in Cousin’s Week when they were twelve and spent the summer with us.

These are the six who spent Monday – and most of the week with us.

Great-grandma day (2)Diana will be a senior in high school, and missed out on morning activities because of her job at a local animal feed and supply store.

Great-grandma day (3)Jana was recovering from gallbladder surgery – which happened the week before. Many of you know about her eleven-month health struggle. We are delighted that removing what seemed to be a healthy gallbladder has restored her health. She works at a nearby dairy and ice cream store a few days a week.

Great-grandma day (4)Gloria is fourteen and thinking about ideas for her first job. She enjoys taking care of her two miniature horses.

Great-grandma day (5)Ian is in middle school and enjoys playing percussion instruments.

Great-grandma day (6)Jared will go to middle school this fall and loves learning about critters.

Great-grandma day (7)Jesse our youngest grandchild is the only one left in grade school, and as you can see, loves climbing trees.

Great-grandma day (8)After lunch we went to visit their Great-grandma Hershey.

Great-grandma day (9)Before going in the house, I suggested that we visit her yard.

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Great-grandma day (12)She is 91, and probably spends part of every weekday taking care of her flowers.

Great-grandma day (13)Our plan was that we would play Golf with her – using Skip-bo cards.

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Great-grandma day (16)Jesse was more interested in games from her game closet.

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Great-grandma day (18)After several rounds of Golf, Ian and Gloria had fun with the marble chaser…

Great-grandma day (19)…and Jesse played Golf

Great-grandma day (20)Then it was time for a snack.

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Great-grandma day (22)Before leaving, she pointed out the beautiful orchids in her living room. The plant was a gift for her 90th birthday last year, and she is so pleased that it continues to bloom.


Our next stop will be their Great-grandma High.

Taking Down Dead Trees In Our Woodlot

Thursday, July 2

Tree Cutting (15)Because I watched Amos cut down my brother’s large tree at the homestead last fall, I recommended that Cerwin call him.

When he discussed the tree situation with my family a few weeks ago, Marlin, Nancy and Anne (who live in our same woodlot) mentioned that they would like an estimate on having him cut down some dead trees in their yards as well. Each was satisfied with the bid.

Tree Cutting (1)Taking down a dead tree in our family woodlot is a sad day for me.

But a dead tree is also an eyesore and a danger when close to the house.

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Tree Cutting (3)Sam, Ian, Jared, and Jere watching.

(Sam is a second cousin to our children, a neighbor, and one of our man cave guys. He has some mornings free because of working on farms – for his dad and uncle – and offered to help Cerwin and Jere.)

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Tree Cutting (20)Because we had so much help, Amos cut the trunk in sections to “earn” his bid.

Tree Cutting (21)Discussing the next stop at Anne’s house – behind ours.

Tree Cutting (22)Our brother-in-law Marlin on left (green shirt).

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To Anne’s house


Tree Cutting (31)Amos and his two helpers cut down a dead tree next to her driveway.

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To Marlin and Nancy’s house


Tree Cutting (34)This dead tree is also near their house.

Tree Cutting (35)I did not stay to watch, but he cut down two or three trees for them.


Now on to the funny part!


Tree Cutting (36)Cerwin asked for a little help to pull over this small, dead dogwood tree. If you look closely, you can see that I snapped this shot just as the rope tore. 🙂

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Tree Cutting (38)My favorite picture in this entry. Ian, Cerwin, Jared, Sam, and Kristen.

Tree Cutting (39)While Cerwin went for a chain, Ian and Jared tried to pull the tree over – and with a little more time, they could have done it.

Tree Cutting (40)However, Cerwin came with the chain before they pulled it over and the group effort did the job.


To Jere and Kristen’s place – one mile away.


Tree Cutting (41)Jere rented a splitter to prepare the wood for storage.

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Tree Cutting (48)By the end of the day our hickory tree was stored in their new wood storage shed.

They will use it for their outside fire pit.