Sunday, May 6, 2007
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UPDATE -- Diana Mellon Martin passes on
UPDATE -- Tom & Mavis Morgan, married 50 years
Sunday, April 29th, 2007, under a clear and sunny sky, more than 200 friends, relatives and former classmates came to the Courtyard by Marriot in Moorhead, Minnesota, to help us celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
We were married May 31, 1957 at Wahpeton, North Dakota. Our attendants were my brother, Harry Anderson Jr., and Tom's niece, Grace Warren Ferch. Grace was able to be with us on Sunday.
Our three daughters did a very good job of making the day a real happy day, which we feel was enjoyed very much by all who came.
Upon entering the Marriot one could find the guestbook table to sign in and take a folder of the event and a bookmarker. Also on this table was a bouquet of beautiful mixed flowers from Harry Jr., wife Doris and family. On the end of that table were pictures of Tom and me when we were very young, when we married, our attendants, and our 25th anniversary photo.
The next table held the two-tier anniversary cake with a large 50 on the top with live roses and lilies and baby's breath around the base and below the top tier. Alongside of the cake were three gold candles of different heights and the printed cranberry colored napkins, which added a touch of color to the ruffled white tablecoths. Also, this table held the beautiful bouquet of large red roses and variegated pink and cranberry lilies from Tom. Thank you so much, Tom.
Ken Hellevang was the Master of Ceremonies. The first number was a Ventriloquist script by "Old Timer" and Ryan Hellevang on the Merits of Marriage. Even if "Old Timer" was never married, he could give us all some good pointers. Everyone seemed to really enjoy their act. Thank you, Ryan.
Next, the slide show presentation, which all the family members had a part in making up and which took a lot of time and effort. We understand the planning for the slide show started in January when Merna came out to the chilly farmhouse at Hope to look for pictures for the presentation while we were basking in the sun in Florida. Photos shown started with our parents and continued on to us as youngsters and our siblings, our jobs, marriage, our homes, our family, hobbies, travels, friends, and our very special grandchildren.
I want to mention here, too, that from a number of photos a very wonderful memory scrapbook was put together by our three daughters and given to us. I just wish you all could see it sometime. Thank you so very, very, much, girls. I know Marlee about missed her dinner on Sunday as she was getting some finishing touches on it.
Dennis Zorn, a longtime friend, did a great job talking on some reflections of our days when Tom and I met and different "smile and laugh worthy" incidents that happened in our courting days. From the ice skating parties to our ride in the seaplane on our honeymoon when Tom was holding the two side doors shut for fear of the plane falling apart. We do thank Dennis for having such an entertaining part.
My sister DeLoris gave us a tribute in saying she has appreciated us as a couple during the past years and we thank her for that.
Tom and I were given an opportunity to express our feelings of the day and the past years so we both said a few words of appreciation to all who came and missed their afternoon naps, how we valued everyone's friendship through the many years and a special thank you to many who came from so far to spend the day with us -- from the Minneapolis area to White, South Dakota, and to Bottineau, North Dakota.
While the program was on, a table of appetizers was set up so all the guests could have a plate of what they wanted from assorted crackers, cheeses, four kinds of fresh fruit, cake, nuts, mints, punch and coffee.
A time of picture taking and visiting filled in the rest of the day. It was great to have two women I went to school with for 12 years present. I apologize for any we did not get to shake hands with. I know Dan and Gina Henderson were there but we didn't get to be in the same place at the same time. Sorry.
That's a little rundown on our day and again our many thanks to all who came, gave cards, gifts, and gave their congratulations and good wishes.
Mavis and Tom Morgan
UPDATE -- April baby showers
Things have been busy for us! We are fast approaching our baby's due date and have been busy with many details and preparations. Along with our preparing, we were blessed to have three baby showers thrown for us: one by my friends, one by Shawn's family and one by my family. I thought I would send you a picture from each baby shower and a little write up to cover them all.
My first baby shower was hosted by my friends Amy Johnson and Candy Host and attended by many good friends. We dined on scrumptious chicken salad croissants, fresh fruit and yummy cupcakes, played a fun game in which TV parents were named and you had to list their TV kids, and I received very wonderful gifts for our soon to arrive little one! A special thanks to Amy and Candy for hosting such a lovely party for me and thanks to all for attending and for all the wonderful presents! The attached picture is of a few of the guests from the shower.
My second baby shower was hosted by Shawn's mom, Shirley, and his niece, Chassidi. The weather was lovely, as was the party! The guests enjoyed two fun baby themed games and we all enjoyed a late afternoon treat of homemade Mud Pie (Oreo cookies layered the bottom topped with ice cream and chocolate fudge) -- YUM!
I received fabulous gifts from family and friends but I think Shawn's parents might be just a tad more excited than all the others. Their gift included 18(!) new outfits of various sizes (even an outfit especially selected by Shawn's dad, Larry -- see attached picture), a diaper bag and many other fun and necessary items. They had also given us a high chair a couple months ago. A special thanks to Shirley and Chassidi for the wonderful shower and to his parents for everything they have done thus far for us (including painting our baby room and assembling furniture) and to all in attendance at the shower and the wonderful gifts.
My third and final shower was hosted by my friend Kristin Nordling and all of my "Chap Aunts" at the Cokato City Hall. In attendance were many aunts, cousins, friends and loved ones. As guests arrived, they were instructed to fill out some advice for the soon to be mommy and daddy. The cute cards full of advice were then selected by me intermittently and read to the crowd and the advice giver was allowed to select a gift from the "prize table." The cards were then put into a cute book for us to keep.
The spread, as usual, was amazing. My aunts and cousins sure know food. :) The attached picture is of the food table and all my "Chap Aunts" and friend, Kristin. I again received many lovely gifts from everyone. Our little one certainly has a full closet of cute things now! A special thanks to Kristin (and her mom, Cristol) and my aunts and cousins for all your party expertise and for hosting such a great day and to all those in attendance and the wonderful gifts!
Also, an additional thanks and mention to my Mom and Beaver, as they contributed money towards our glider for the baby room and to Becky and Mom, who bought us our pack and play -- many thanks, as these items will be MUCH used!!
Update -- California cruising and a move
My girlfriend Rose and I went on a cruise for my birthday. It was on Carnival Cruise lines and we went out to Catalina Island (off California coast) and then down to Ensenada, Mexico. It was nice trip and getaway, with all the food you can eat 24/7! The weather was typical Southern California weather of low 70's each day, so not too hot or cold. We did a few different tours and excursions while docked at the different ports, mostly hitting the same tourist traps everyone else visits.
The other big news, for me anyway, is that I'm moving. I'm staying in Orange County. I'm just moving from Huntington Beach to go to the city of Tustin. I'm getting an apartment with a friend of mine. So that's on my agenda for this week, as the end of the month is here. I'm dreading the move and I don't even have a lot of stuff! We'll see how that goes.
I don't know if you made it to Tom and Mavis's anniversary, but sounds like it was quite the celebration. A great turnout and very well organized. Mom is going to send me some pics she took on e-mail.
Attached are a few pics from the cruise.
Day to Day R
Another Season Begins At The Lake
The Ostendorf lake home was opened for the season, this past weekend. First off, Dad went out and worked on the water; the people who had tried opening for them couldn't get it to work at all. Dad got it working, which was a good thing, as it would be hard to stay out there without access to water!
Wyatt, Weston and Chris were out to help put the dock in, along with Shawn and his dad. They also were by the farm to pick up the pontoon, which had been stored in our shed over winter. While here, the guys brought out our deck furniture and tore up the old play yard fencing (which was made of snow fencing and in bad shape).
Shari was here for the weekend, along with Kelly's oldest boy, Nathan, and Kurt's oldest daughter, Sami. Caity and Jayce were thrilled with her extra passengers, needless to say! We had a shopping excursion on Saturday, bringing Rylie along with us. After leaving the mall, we had a meal out together and then we went out to the lake with the others. Lori and Brooklynn had spent the afternoon together, including a little grocery shopping side trip.
We ended the beautiful day (vastly warmer than when the dock was put in last year!), with a delicious meal, including S'mores or marshmallows toasted over the bonfire. They surprised me with my favorite dessert -- strawberrry shortcake with ice cream. Yum! They also gave me an early Mother's Day card and cash gift. (Being out of work made that especially nice!)
Wyatt even set up a tent for his girls and himself for the night. Nathan and Jayce were disappointed that they didn't get to stay in it, too, but they did enjoy piling in and out of it most of the later afternoon.
It was a very lovely day to be out and about!
The Matriarch Speaks W
Remembering Diana Martin
Diana, last of my first cousins, and of that generation of Mellons, has left us and we will miss her cheerful correspondence... Diana was a longtime and gentle presence in so many Bulletins over the years. She was aunt or cousin to many of the subscribers of the paper. She was "kin" to Coni Waltzing, too ... not literally, but she so empathized as Coni's life and health ran out. And these last months she found kinship to Betty Droel and Verlaine Weiland. (Bulletin #230, published November 12, 2006.)
Just go to the archives and search Diana's name and you will find what a loving spirit she had. [There is also a brief autobiography here: about Diana (Mellon) (Kendall) Martin.] The following is taken from an Update in Bulletin #96, which ran on April 11, of 2004:
"We have a man-made pond at the front of our property, and between this morning and yesterday morning, our resident ducks and geese have returned ... a sure sign of spring!
"Our sweet little Honey is out of bandages, now, but will never be able to use her leg normally. She saw the vet on Friday, and he confided in us that he was very concerned that she might lose her foot, so needless to say, he was thrilled to see how well she was doing. Just goes to show that the power of prayer, good medical care, and love can go a long way in the healing process! Even for dogs!"
We will miss Diana's loving care for anyone who in any way was suffering ... she would rather speak of your worries and cares than dwell on her own hurts. It was well that she could spend her last days surrounded by love ... and puppies!
Though she was a dear first cousin and lifelong friend to one of us and the other knew Diana only through her presence in The Bulletin, she will be sadly missed by both of us ... and by many subscribers, as well. --The Editors
Who Is This?
Let's Play a Guessing Game: Whenever it is handy to do so, we will run a picture of someone of the subscribers or staff members of our e-magazine. Tell us who you think it is -- we will let you know who was the first to guess it right -- and the correct guess -- in the following week's Bulletin.
How many can you identify?
I am so bewildered about the GUESS pictures. I wonder if the Johnson name is what they have in common? Is that Beaver graduating? I wonder if the first picture is Rich Johnson. Maybe the second picture is Mark Johnson. You are welcome to chuckle here at how far off I am.
I know the middle one is Mark Johnson (Rich and Marlene's son) and I'm guessing the last is [Beaver's] brother, Richard Johnson. I can't guess the first picture, though.
Donna Anderson Johnson
I'm not sure about the first two mystery pictures, but the one on the right is my big brother Richard Johnson's graduation photo. He graduated from Ashby High School in 1972.
You know, I've never given these a shot, so I may as well start! I don't recognize the first one, but the eyes make me want to guess Rich Johnson (my step-uncle); the second is definitely Mark Johnson (my step-cousin), and the last is Richard Johnson (my actual uncle)! I recognize that one from Mom's yearbooks; they were in the same class and we always thought it was fun to see the pictures of Mom and Dad and their brothers and sisters in the yearbooks!
Photo Editor's Note: Yes, that's Mark Johnson in the middle. Yes, that's Rich Johnson on the left and Richard Johnson (no relation) on the right. They all have the same last name and they all got their start as cute little blond boys. Who'd have thought they'd end up on the same page?
The picture on the right is my wonderful brother Richard Johnson, but I just can't name the other bright-eyed fellows. As to what they all have in common, I'll guess they might have unexpectedly lost their front teeth due to some sort of accident while they were growing up.
Kathlyn Johnson Anderson
I don't think I recognize those two young boys, but I'm dead sure I don't know anybody that wears purple shirts and striped jackets with white ties.
This and That
Houses And Barns
How interesting to read in The Bulletin about houses and barns. Congratulations to Eric and Leona on their home. May they find it a place for quietness and serenity that they can enjoy for many years. My mother used to have a plaque in her kitchen saying, "My house is small, no mansion for a millionaire -- But there is room for LOVE, and that is all I care."
Surely a HOUSE becomes a HOME when it's filled with love for one another. Eric and Leona must be very happy to have their own home and we wish them many happy years in it.
Then I thought of "The House That Love built." I am sure it is hard to make the move for Rich's and Marlene's family. I, too, have experienced that feeling. We built our first home, doing much of the work ourselves, planted trees and the lawn, made fences, and built other out buildings... But the time came that we had to leave that behind, too. It was with many mixed feelings, memories and tears involved when the SOLD sign was put out in the yard. However, time and events cause us all to make changes in our lives.
And when I read of the old barn by Ardis, this poem came to my mind right away. It is so true and evokes memories to all of us who have experienced playing or working in an old barn. I want to share it.
Celebrations & Observances
This Week's Birthdays
More May Birthdays
May Special Days
Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Dear Miss Hetty,
Thanks for remembering my birthday and the e-card. Sorry for the delayed response, but I just arrived back into town. (See Update above.)
Well, it's official... Now that Madilyn is three months old, big sister Sami decided she was ready to brave the diaper changing experience this past weekend. Now that Madi is getting bigger and seems less fragile, Sami also announced that she is ready to babysit her little sis! Kurt and I will have to get started planning an evening out!
Miss Hetty Says:
Here is a part of Ryan's ventriloquist act at Tom's and Mavis's 50th anniversary party. The person providing it asked not to be identified. I will use R for Ryan and OT for the "Old Timer."
R: We're here to celebrate an important day.
OT: Somebody's birthday?
R: No, my grandma and grandpa's anniversary.
OT: Oh, well, I was close.
R: (to OT) You're all dressed up today, new overalls! I am supposed to be giving some pointers on a good marriage. What is a good marriage? I could use some advice on marriage. I am going to be taking a wife soon.
OT: (acting shocked) Whose wife?
R: No, I'm going to get married. Do you have some advice?
OT: Well, I am a bachelor you know. But I know that you need to be sure to remember to tell her those three little words really often.
R: Oh, you mean, "I love you"?
OT: No, "I'll fix it"!
Keep Us Posted!
Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?
+ LETTERS TO THE EDITORS?
Thanks again for the wonderful Bulletin. It was good to see we have a new subscriber! It sounds like Cara Swenson and her family had a good vacation.
Thanks so much for your hard work.
How are you on this blustery 1st of May? I enjoyed two days of fun in the sun; now I am all energized to go back to work. (Yeah, right.)
I just enjoyed the latest installment; it was a nice read, although a little short. It was sad to read about "The house that love built" ... what a beautiful house! Who could leave it?
I must also say that Miss Kitty sure is aging gracefully. She doesn't look a day over one... Thanks for another wonderful issue.
I hope you are enjoying the sunshine!
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
I just finished reading The Bulletin, and for once I can immediately come to the computer to send in my LTTE thanking you for all it took to put together another great Bulletin. While the fizz is still fizzing. It was so interesting hearing about everyone and everything. Some totally new and different writers of their accounts and updates, etc. Isn't it amazing how varied and how well all the submissions blend for one issue?
Starting with the sad, sad parting with a much loved family home in Long Lake, Minnesota. I remember seeing Rich doing some finishing work at Norman and Nancy Johnson's home where I was staying, way back when, and I could see he was an expert with wood. I am sure after these years he has become even more talented in that wood working. I think I need to know the rest of the story here -- where are you moving to? California? Or just a smaller home right here in Minnesota? Or permanently in your 5th wheel motorhome? However, anyplace Mom and Dad are is HOME.
Those pictures like the one of "Ethan tallies the proceeds" are so well posed and well captioned. Little Ethan looks like he's really thinking and talking about numbers. Someone has a camera ready at all times, I can see that, and doesn't miss an opportunity for a clever Bulletin-worthy picture.
Oh, and the gathering at Lee Ann Chin's. We love that place, or I should say I do. I'm afraid Roy may not feel he "loves" it, but we go there for the lemon chicken. A special group together that most Bulletin subscribers will enjoy seeing, and we need to keep updated on how it goes for Weston, too.
We had to laugh at the garage sale story. I'm sorry I missed it. I have some dollars here that I could have left there, likely, for stuff that I do not need at alllllllll. Were those windows behind Leona and Eric on the porch? Hope so, as the Minnesota mosquitoes are likely anticipating visiting there otherwise.
Thank you for putting in the barn pictures, and the link to the story of them. They hold special memories, as Dorothy relates, and I like what Lydia Zimmerli used to say as we drove by deserted farms: "The hands that cared are stilled."
Cara Lee did an excellent job of telling the cruise story. Another Spring Break story. How nice cousin Aunika could be along for fun and company. It will take some time to click on all the links, but I will, as time permits. Thanks, Cara Lee. Very well done diary. Not too detailed and not too dull, and very easy to picture it all.
Finally, Miss Kitty gets a turn at the computer so we could get her story of turning four years old. It sounds like the batteries should come out of the mouse as when Miss Kitty is that old she may just want to bat it around instead of chase it. It has been fun to share in the four birthdays of Miss Jerrianne's favorite friend.
Thank you for including Jerry and Jeannine's 50th anniversary pictures. Now we will look for a report from Tom and Mavis on theirs, which will be tomorrow.
That was so interesting that while sitting in Salt Lake City looking at the Internet The Bulletin appeared, revealing lots of stories about their relations. We forget that this is public on the Internet. Somehow we have this select little group of subscribers in our minds as we submit our updates and stories.
Thank you again, Dorothy and Jerrianne, for your loyal dedication to make our Saturday morning Bulletin day one we look forward to with anxious anticipation. We are never disappointed, and often very surprised!
Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell & Douglas Anderson; photo by Cody Printz
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