Dogwood Ramblings

What a whirlwind it was last week.  Arlene and I left Dogwood at 5:15 a.m. Monday and drove to Little Falls, MN, which is some ways north of Minneapolis and didn’t arrive at our destination until 8:15 p.m.  Arlene wanted to travel north on Highway 65 and it was a beautiful drive what with all the corn and soybean fields, new farms, old farms, small towns – but a longer drive than on the Interstate.  We stopped at some out-of-the way café for breakfast and by golly, had the best hash browns I’ve had in years.

Tuesday we were up early for a family breakfast and then off to the Zion Lutheran Church for the funeral of my brother-in-law, Henry “Hank/Swede” Boeddeker.  A very nice service there followed by a potluck meal served by the ladies of the church for all, at least 300 people.  The interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls, with honor guard and the release of pure white doves.  We were staying with friends of Swede & Marilyn as there wasn’t a motel room available.  Up early on Wednesday for the drive home, arriving here at 8:00 p.m. to find that our very good man Bob Wagner had taken care of my house and pets to perfection, as usual.  Mike and Cathy Shultz also kept an eye out for us.

Up north, Boeddeker family and friends seemed to be coming out of the woodwork.  So many cousins and their families there and I didn’t have a score card available.  However, we did recognize each other, some after many years of not seeing them.  Arlene took some pictures as I forgot my camera.  One widowed sister-in-law has 32 grandchildren and quite a few great grandchildren.

Thursday I did little to nothing as the trip was exhausting for me.  Each time we got out of the van my legs complained and I felt wobbly for a few moments.  Must be age!  Minneapolis is huge but we managed to get through there and not get lost although my hands cramped from holding the steering wheel so tightly.  Surprisingly, on the way home we went through both Minneapolis and Kansas City and it was smooth sailing.  Weather was perfect all three days.  The last trip north we encountered ice.

Saturday Randy and Kim came for breakfast and visiting.  He had managed to haul off a few calves, and was planning on some mowing but the rain put a stop to that for him and for me.  However, we treasure what rain we get.  Then I made a booboo and thawed a package of pork loin, thinking it was ham to put into the beans.  So, I fixed the loin and Randy & Kim came for supper and more visiting.

Last week the question came up if marriage is a contract or a covenant.  To me, marriage is a covenant, to be in the presence of a representative of Christ as vows are made; not to be on a beach or in a cave or some such place as Las Vegas.  Christ needs to be invited to the wedding, preferably in a House of God, and invited into the marriage.

From the desk of Jamey Herd: Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church traveled to Seymour First Baptist yesterday after service to baptize four souls. Our thanks to First Baptist for letting us use their baptistery. It is hard to find a decent place in the creeks anymore, besides it being a little cool now to baptize in the creeks.

Pleasant Ridge will have a revival October 10th through the 16th with Merle Laswell as evangelist. The music service will be led by Leon Hollaway with special music each night. The group, Faithful, are scheduled for one night. Services will begin at 7 each night. Everyone is invited to attend or bring special music.

October 5th will be a Fish Fry at Cedar Gap Baptist Church in Seymour for Fathers and Sons. Drawings will be held for prizes contributed by Churches in the Association.

October 6th our young people will be going to the Pumpkin Patch in Springfield for an outing with a wiener roast to follow.

October 26th will be Trunk or Treat and a wiener roast in the parking lot at the church for Halloween.

Condolences go out to the Doyle Lakey family in the passing of Doyle. Another one of the lifelong residents of Dogwood has gone to be with Lord.

Get well wishes to Levi and Rosa Breland who had a serious wreck on Z north of the church. They suffered some serious injuries and all prayers would be appreciated for them. They moved to the Dogwood community a short time ago.

The weekend of September 21st our daughter, Susan and granddaughter Jayme, came to spend the weekend with us. Susan drove us to Theodosia on Saturday for Billy Joe to meet with his old class mates for their 60th class reunion. They met at Cookies restaurant overlooking the lake for a delicious meal. Billy Joe said there were about 25 class members deceased. We didn’t get a count of how many were there but the room was full. It was great for him to see old acquaintances he hadn’t seen in years.

Afterwards we drove back by Gainesville in time to see the Hootin and Hollerin parade. Susan use to go with the Ava band and march in that parade so that brought back old memories for her.  I hadn’t been to Hootin and Hollarin in about 50 years. We couldn’t get close to the square so was unable to see any of the vendors.

To finish the day we came back to Ava to Brian Thompson’s retirement party. We arrived just in time for our old neighbors, Jan and Don Thompson to arrive to surprise their son for the party. Don and Jan live just north of Wichita, Kansas now. It was wonderful to visit with them one more time. They moved to the Dogwood community soon after we did and our children grew up together. What a weekend of old friends and old memories.

Fall seems to be here with cooler nights and really nice days. We receive ½ inch of rain on Saturday. We had been hoping to go to Carl Junction to the Blue Grass Festival but with rain moving in we thought it best to stay home. The festival ended up having to close after the rain hit there. Our son-in-law, Charles Doyle, is MC and granddaughter, Joellen Doyle performs in the music. We regretted not getting to see Joellen as she is in college in Oklahoma City but hope we will see her Thanksgiving or Christmas.  The Facebook post stated this was the first time in 16 years the festival had to cancel. It is held in Carl Junction’s beautiful park with the states Mounted Sheriff’s patrol  helping with parking and patrolling the park.

I wish everyone a great week and enjoy the cooler weather.  God Bless.