Monday, December 17, 2012

My Grandson - Jake Klein

Jake Klein had four people as his parents and he called all of them Mom or Dad. He was born to Steven and Marsha Klein.  At age 4 or 5 he went to live with Sharon and Art West. Sharon saw to it that Jake saw his birth parents often. As his grandmother, I was encouraged to visit and take Jake to our RV whenever I wanted. In 2010, Jake flew to Iowa where he spent three weeks with me visiting his Iowa relatives by going to a cousin’s wedding,



attending the Klein Reunion, and visiting in the Hoven and Klein homes. Other fun places were the Knoxville car races and the hot air balloon races.  All the tall corn and people’s basements impressed Jake.


The last time I saw him was this summer when my daughter and I stayed for three days at Sharon’s home near Livingston, Texas to visit Jake and his families.

On December 8, he spent four and a half hours with Steve and Marsha and then went home and attended the Christmas party which Sharon’s employer, Brookshire’s, was hosting. Sharon and Art, her daughter Tiffany and Tiffany’s two children Chloe aged 10, and Tristin aged 4 also attended. Tiffany, who lived next door to her parents, said she wanted to return home with Jake. The rest of the family rode home with Sharon. Sharon stopped for gas. A few miles down highway 146 she came upon an accident.

I quote the Polk county Enterprise as to what occurred. “Caleb Luke Edwards, 18, of Livingston was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck northbound and became distracted while removing some items from his pockets, he told Trooper Allen Stanton. His pickup truck drifted into the southbound lane and struck a southbound 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Klein.

Edward’s truck ran over/ through Klein’s pickup then went into a skid and rolled, coming to rest upright, Stanton said. Klein’s demolished pickup was pushed into the northbound lane. (Tiffany) Semons-Lewandowski was ejected from the vehicle as it came to rest, according to the trooper”. . .

“Edwards, listed with non-incapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to memorial Medical Center in Livingston. He admitted to consuming alcohol in the hours receding the crash, Stanton said, and charges are pending results of a blood alcohol test.” Jake was a seventeen-year-old senior at Livingston High School. Tiffany was thirty-three years old.

To te     To telll you about the kind of people that Tiffany and Jake were and about their relationship.  I’m telling you the st     the story that Tiffany told me last summer.  She worked as a home health aide for Hospice. She asked one of he     her clients if there was anything that this elderly lady wished she had done in her life.  The woman said that she n     had never gone to a prom. So Tiffany found a prom dress, styled her hair and painted the woman’s finger nails.     nails. She told Jake that the woman needed an escort so Jake dressed up and went to the woman’s home and t     and took her to the prom in his beloved car, and danced with her before bringing her home.

Jake       Jake had an open casket but Tiffany was too damaged to be viewed. In Jake’s casket were his graduation phot       photos and a Bible open to the Psalm 23. Flowers were everywhere at the double viewing on December 12 a      12 and the funeral on Thursday, December 13. 

The           Klein family members went to one of Jake’s favorite restaurants after the viewing.  Members of  the Klein
                 family attending the funeral were l to r Marsha, Jimmy, (Ann's husband) Ann, me, Jamie, Bob Klein and
                 Steven Klein.
  In front are Baylee( Ann's daughter), and Carol Klein.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Lake Rathburn Fall Trip

We spent five to six hours traveling into each little cove of the Lake Rathburn area to see the beautiful fields and foliage. Of course, the camera doesn’t capture all of the color. You need close up photos to even get an idea of the brilliance of the leaves. 

In the resort area, we noticed the cabins are heated with geothermal heat.  Solar panels and a windmill is used plus there was a house built at Iowa state University and transported to Washington DC for a demonstration on energy efficient housing before it was moved to the park. We weren’t able to go inside but got a phone number to call for a planned trip next summer to check it out. 

We saw wild turkeys several times; a busy raccoon and I captured this photo of a butterfly.

Carter Eli's Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

My name is Carter Eli. I took my mommy Emily and grandma Karol and great grandma Darlene to Pierson’s Pumpkin Patch.

They had all colors of pumpkins, gourds and squash.

 Some of them were even bigger than me. 

We went through the maze that was made of huge bales of hay.  

We saw burros, ducks and even baby calves in it. 

They even had a store where you could buy Halloween stuff.

They tell me that if you make a face on a pumpkin, it’s called a jack-o-lantern.

Mommy bought me a little white pumpkin and great grandma bought a little orange one.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Autumn at our Place

Some of the most beautiful fall colors are in our back yard. This view is from the back yard facing north.

                                                     This view is toward the southeast.

                        Terry has finished with the new siding on the shed. I was surprised that painting
                                                   the bottom boards made it look new.

                                    He then drove the RV east of the house and is washing and waxing it.

                                                This view is from the back yard facing east.

                       Yes, I like this home site but will be glad to be in the south when the snow flies.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Haining Family in Pella

We were privileged to have the Haining family visit in our home prior to their music performance.  Since they had a few hours to see the area, we took them to one of our favorite towns Pella, Iowa. They saw the canal and huge Ver Meer Windmill. They sat on the steps of the Tulip Torem. They wondered through the Scholte gardens and visited the Scolte mansion. We even had Dutch letters for desert. 

Top row in the photo of the Haining Family Singers are Peggy, Mike and Ruth. Second row is James, and Grace. Pearl is sitting on the steps of the Tulip Torem on the bottom step.

Wouldn’t it be great if their travel schedule of “ Front Porch” songs could include Pella Tulip time so they could see the Dutch dancers and street cleaners by the Tulip Torem? Perhaps the weather at Tulip Time will allow them to see the tulips in the Scholte gardens. I think that they would like the evening parade with it’s      many floats but anytime is a good time to visit with this family and to visit Pella.     

The Haining Family Singers

Guitars, fiddles, a banjo, auto harp, big bass fiddle, mandolin, mouth organ and even kazoos accompanied the family as the Haining Family Singers sang and played at the Trinity United Methodist Church in an hour and a half performance on September 19.  Their “Front Porch Family- Style Music” included gospel, blue grass, old time music and even yodeling.  

Members of the family are left to right Peggy, Ruth, Pearl, Mike, James and Grace Haining.

Terry and I were given permission to take photos, put them on my blog and give you their web at if you are interested in having these very talented people come to your town.
 I’m sure they will bless you as they have blessed us. 

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Jason and Sue's Wedding

Our grandson Jason married Sue in a double ring ceremony on Labor Day in the park in Ottumwa, Iowa. Terry took the traditional pictures of the rings, the kiss, and the first piece of cake. 

. The bride prepared an enormous amount of delicious food for the reception.  

The new family picture included l to r the groom, Jason, his daughter Angelina, the bride Sue, the mother of the groom Shelly, the father of the groom, Richard and the couple’s niece, Mercedes who was the ring bearer.

The bride wanted something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. There were several new things.  The borrowed item was the pen from the guest book and the blue was the bride’s shirt. Someone old (me) pinned the old rings from the bride’s mother on the bride. Yes, Terry and I were the oldest people at the wedding. I guess that I need to get used to that.