"God has made everything beautiful in His time." Ecclesiastes 3:11
People in southeast Colorado are rejoicing with the rain showers that God continues to bless us with. It is so awesome after so much brownness to see green pastures, field crops, prettier gardens and lawns.
Last weekend, 13 Eads Eagle team members competed in the Colorado State track Tournament in Lakewood. It was so good to see Glenda Stoker's photo posts of the events. Thursday, Colby Stoker stood on the winner's podium to receive her fourth-place medal in the discus competition and Brad Musgrave was on another podium for the seventh place Medal. Friday, Maggie Haase captured the gold medal for champion of 1A State high jump plus later when she won the third-place medal for triple jump. She also won a medal in hurdles! Joseph Hasse stood on the winner's podium to receive seventh place in triple jump. It was a joy to see a photo of them with their mother, Duff (Liebl) Haase who is an assistant coach to Head Track Coach Stephanie Bohlander. Early Saturday morning, Colby Stoker won the gold medal and Kyra Sheridan won the second-place medal for shot putt. Later, the 4 x 1 relay team - Porter Spady, Damian Barnes, Joe Haase, and Hatch Nelson - won third at state! Colby felt good last week when her former coach, Trey Eder, and Superintendent Glenn Smith spent time with her to give her pointers and encouragement. Mr. Smith's daughter, Miriah, who is a senior at the University in nursing school, spent four years as a "thrower" too. Their bus driver, Tim Weeks, is an encourager to our athletes, which also included Brenden Reifenschieder, Chrystal Watson, Brianna Ashliegh, Maddison McDowell, and Katie Johnson. Samantha Courkamp was unable to participate because of an injury.
Lakota Roberson was feted with a bridal shower by the fellow employees at Weisbrod Hospital. Besides the gifts, the hostesses had her wear a cape that they taped on many dollar bills. Through the years, Lakota has proven to be a master baker of delicious desserts which we often get to enjoy Tuesday mornings at tea time.
Tearle Lessenden, county Extension Agent, organized and hosted the district 4-H horse show with young riders in several classes maneuvering their horses through many patterns to be judged. The Tropser family offered a fine menu at the concession stand.
It is wonderful that children can take swimming lessons at the Prairie Pines Assisted Living pool under teacher Mindy Uhland with Taegen Ferris. This is so important for the survival of a person. My mind races back to the 1950's when we had two deaths at the lakes, which prompted local citizens build a public pool in Eads. I also remember two of our family friends in the county who lost sons to death in the family stock tank. We all need to be vigilant when young ones are out in the water or wherever.
The Sheriff's Office has announced that some people have complained about parents who do not properly secure their young children in vehicles. Arrests can be made. Please be informed. These laws are extensive.
When we went to Prairie Pines for coffee hour Friday, a vibrant, attractive, red-haired lady was visiting with the guests around the tables. She, Teala Dunn of Springfield, is an ardent quilter of Quilts of Valor. Bob Miller was at the table when she learned that he had received a Quilt of Valor, so Areta Laird went with them to his room. Teala was so excited to see that it was the quilt she had made! It was such a joy for her to meet the man she made it for. We clamored to see it, so when Areta brought it to the dining room, we were very impressed to see a huge flying eagle with Mount Rushmore in the background.
Carl and Anna Randel of Kit Carson invited me to have lunch at JJ's Restaurant with them and their daughter, Nan, her doctor husband, and daughter, Grace. Nan and I caught up on about 45 years, and reminisced about FCA, Kit Carson school reunion, and their travels. She has her doctorate also, and is a university professor in the dietetics field.
Mrs. Deborah Gooden is seeking volunteers to help with a community Vacation Bible School the week of July 18. We hope people will volunteer to assist her.
We had been missing Betty Crow, who has been down in Arizona. How good of her family friend, Marty Miller, to fly down and drive her back to Eads.
Come to the Eads children's parade Saturday morning and fireworks at night, July 3. We assume about 10:00 a.m.?
The senior brunch is Thursday, July 1, at 10:00 am. The customary age at centers is 55. We bring a potluck food or put $3 or more dollars in the container when you sign in for brunch or lunch July 21 at noon. The correct time for playing cards is on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. and the coffee hour will be every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. starting July 12.
Gail Voss drove me to Colorado Springs to get my new purple power chair bracketed for my van. Since I was uneasy about the technology, Dara Randel wrote to me, "sometimes you just have to leap and build your wings on the way down." That's what I am trying to do.