Remember – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

Nannie & Gankie's 50th Wedding Anniversary

As we approach our 50th Wedding Anniversary in June, I’m remembering all the 50th Weddings that have gone before us. This is my grandparents – the first 50th Wedding celebration I remember. Also BOTH my parents AND Big Al’s parents had 50th Wedding celebrations. I wonder if the daughter-in-laws knew what they were getting into when they said “I do.” With the history in this family, they better understand they don’t get out of it easily.

Covenent – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)


The Presbytery of Olympia, like many other presbyteries around the country, has seen a sharp drop in membership and congregations in the past three years. We believe it is time to stop focusing on our losses and begin to recognize the wonderful potential we have. No more thinking in terms of scarcity – it’s time to start thinking about the abundance of gifts and love we have available from God. The Presbytery is asking the remaining congregations to covenant with each other to remain in fellowship for the next three years. We have a window of time to refocus and redirect our spiritual gifts, our relationships, our energy and financial resources towards a new future. It’s time to move forward together, to forget past hurts and past slights, and covenant to love each other and the world.


Mama’s Birthday

Today was Mama’s birthday. She would have been 95 years old today. She died in November of 1997, though. Here are some pictures of her through the years.

Mama & Nannan

Here she is with HER grandmother, in 1921.

Mama - age 12

Here is her portrait from Junior High School (about 1932)


This is her college portrait (about 1940).

Mama and Me

Here she is with ME when I was about 3 months old (Fall of 1944)

The Greissers - Copy

Here she is with all the kids (Harriet, standing, Abbie on the arm of her chair, Betty on the little stool, and Billy on her lap). (Summer of 1956)Mama & Papa (7)Here she is with my father in 1974.

Mama and Papa

Here they are again in 1980.

Thanksgiving 1982

And here they are in 1982 after she lost a bunch of weight (I’m trying to do as well).

Mama & Papa

This is Mama and Papa in 1992 right after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mama & Papa's 50th Wedding Anniversary (15)

This is the last picture I have of her at Mama and Papa’s 50th wedding anniversary party, in June of 1994.

I still miss her, particularly on days like today (her birthday), Mother’s Day, and June 24th (Papa’s and her wedding anniversary).