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Ten Reasons Why I Love You

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S: Janet M. Konle Lunderville 90th Birthday

FC: Janet M. Konle Lunderville | 90th Birthday

1: I had a Mother who read me things that wholesome life to a child's heart brings Stories that stir with an upward touch. Oh, that each mother of boys were such! "You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you will never be- I had a mother who read to me." -Strickland W. Gillilan | 1st Communion | High School Graduation | Janet M. Konle high school

2: Janet Konle | opposite page: Handwriting analysis

4: For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and one for helping others. Audrey Hepburn wrote this beautiful poem when asked to share her 'Beauty Tips'. Years later, it was read at her funeral.

5: Janet M. Konle

6: This compilation is the effort of many, but special thanks goes to Meghan (Norberg) Carpenito, for her precious time and talent in bringing this to completion | The Legacy She could not give her children gold - So she gave them faith to have and hold. She could not give them royal birth...A name renowned throughout the earth. But she gave them seeds and a garden spot, and shade trees when the sun was hot. She could not give a silver spoon or servants waiting night and noon. She gave them love and a listening ear, and told them God was always near. She could not give them ocean trips, aboard majestic sailing ships. But she gave them books and quiet time, adventures found in prose and rhyme. She could not give them worldly things, but what she gave was fit for kings. For with her faith and book and sod... She made each child aware of God. -Alice LeedyMason

7: Margaret, Jon, Lee, Tom, Janet, Ron, Terry Ann | The Lunderville Family | Janet M. Konle Lunderville | Mother- on behalf of your children, we would like to wish you a grand 90th Birthday! Born on September 17, 1921 Thank you for your soft countenance and staying the course to give us a firm foundation, with Dad by your side. We, in turn, have given that to our families. We have cherished and nurtured them and sent them forth.... Fifteen grandchildren (we lost Renee in 1976) All have written a few of their memories. This is what this book is about...

8: Memories I have of you, Grandma. As a child I would ride my bike down to your house to play outside to pick on the pigs, seeing if I could make the cows mad, and making forts out of the hay...hoping not to break any of them and to just have fun running and playing in the fields. -You loved to play solitaire... (so it seemed to me). WHen I would come inside from playing outside at your house for a little break you would be at the kitchen table playing solitaire. I would watch you play over and over again. Sometimes we would talk and sometimes it was just a quiet time of me watching. I'd do this every time before I would go back outside. One day I finally asked you what you were playing and how you play. You then taught me how to play...I still like to play once in a while to this day...once I start I cannot stop until I win which doesn't happen a whole lot! -You also made an amazing strawberry rhubarb pie..yum, yum for the belly. The sad thing is you can't find it very often in the store..and when I do...I eat the whole thing...not in one sitting though. -I remember coming down to your house several times int he winter for several years to play in the snow and inner tube down the hill on the side of the house. Aunt Margaret would sneak away so you and she could make hot chocolate for our hard playing cold bodies. Then we would all go inside and huddle around the fire laughing and talking and warming up, just to do it all over again. It would just get dark too soon. -I remember you coming to my high school graduation and the beautiful gift from you was the wonderful hand painted oval box that I still treasure to this day that sits on top of my hope chest. The love that was put into this box is greatly treasured. I see it every day and think of you. -I also love and treasure all of the hand painted Christmas ornaments that hang up on the tree every year. I have to put them on the top part of the tree to keep them away from curious little hands. Thanks so much for all of the treasured memories that I have. Love, Annette

9: "Only love can be divided endlessly, and still not diminish." | Annette, Samantha, Katarina, Natasha, Izzabella, & Eric Helpenstell | Annette Helpenstell daughter of Tom & Diane Lunderville

10: My Grandma Lunderville always had a smile on her face when we would go into the house. She was always glad to see us. I will always treasure the handmade Christmas ornaments she made us every year. What a task that was to make an ornament for each of her grandchildren. Thank you for the coins and savings bonds. We could always know that Grandpa and Grandma were looking out for our future. The holiday meals were always a treasure. The Lunderville family would gather for a big family dinner and then we would go into the living room, exchange gifts, listen to memories of our parents, take pictures and have bonding time as a family. Grandma was always willing to share her teaching moments with us. She would give us clues and easy ways to learn math or tell us stories. My most favored treasure is the handmade box we each received from her for graduation. I have always filled it with my treasures and most valuable things. Thank you Grandma Lunderville for giving me a part of you. Love, Colleen

11: Love yourself as the unique individual God created you to be - nothing more, nothing less. | Colleen Lunderville daughter of Tom & Diane Lunderville | Kyra, Logan, Colleen, Kaylee Rickel

12: My favorite memory of Grandma is her wonderfully kind heart. From my youngest days I could not think of or remember Grandma ever having a bad thing to say about anyone. I send her a letter every year and she always takes the time to give a thought out, hand-written response. It is her love and kindness that she has shown throughout my life that I will always cherish. Thanks so much for all of your kind words, and I hope you have the most wonderful birthday ever. Love Sarah

13: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -John F. Kennedy | Sarah Cook daughter of Tom & Diane Lunderville | Kaleb, Sarah, Mort, Kaitlynn Cook

14: I remember back when we would help Grandpa do hay. We would go get a load and take it back to their house and unload it. Grandma would have a egg sandwich with onion on it and some ice cold lemonade. Mmmm good! Hit the spot! Very good! Grandma was always cooking something up. You always took the time to talk for a few minutes. Back when I was in the Marine Corps I called and asked if it would be okay if I drove over to visit for a weekend and of course they said yes. I got a late start, held up by the police. By the time I got into town it was very late, so I decided to just sleep in the truck. When I got there in the morning, Grandma asked if everything was okay and was glad to see me. I came to find out from Grandpa that she was up most of the night wondering about me. Man I felt bad. Every year went by and Christmas would come around and Grandma would give us all an ornament she had made throughout the year. I still have all of them. You cannot forget the beautiful box that she made for all the grandkids. Everything was made with love and her two hands. Grandma is a special person that I will love forever. You have so much love and compassion for everyone that you come across. That shows the most with the memories we all have about you and the kids you have raised. I have such great aunts and uncles. Happy birthday and many many more great and wonderful years to come. Trever

15: "You must remember to love people and use things, rather than to love things and use people." — Fulton J. Sheen | Trever Lunderville son of Tom & Diane Lunderville | Trever, Dillon, Stephanie Garrett Lunderville

16: One of my favorite memories is when Grandma & Grandpa came home every year from Arizona (it was always around my birthday, which was a bonus.) We would stop by their house on the way up the hill and welcome them home with a big hug. During the summertime, I love running down their hill and through the always smelled so good!!!! After so many years of them going to Arizona I finally got a chance to visit them with my family, which was really special to me. Happy 90th Birthday, Grandma!!! Nathan

17: Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. -John F. Kennedy | Nathan Lunderville son of Tom & Diane Lunderville | Taya, Nathan, Dezi, Kristin

18: When asked to write about the things I remember best when I think of you, I think of family tradition... and how your traditions have affected my life and the lives of my family. Grace at meal times, the very special orange in our stocking at Christmas, the savings bonds that helped me purchase my first vehicle, the many special ornaments that we will treasure forever. The countless blankets and books and learning toys. We all feel very blessed to have you as our Grandparents. I remember camping by the river and how my favorite part was hanging out in the camper. Grandma always had hot cocoa... what a treat. When visiting you I loved to hear Grandpa say, "oh, give them a little 7-up. "Yes! we would be so delighted... Oh the smelt Grandpa would cook! the oysters and exploring... so much fun. Who taught me to knit? My Grandma. I would brag, yes my Grandma is a teacher. My Grandpa owns his own logging company with my uncles...LTJ--Lee, Tom, & Jon. Way Way back in the depths of my memory when I was a wee little kid, I recall visiting in Wisc. We went by the nursing home to visit Great Grandma? We stopped by her house. I remember a nice orderly home...It was warm and the sugar had tiny sugar ants. My Great Grandpa Lunderville and Jesse took great care of us. Oh the spread---canned and pickled and the dishes---Yum! They would put everything out at once. So fun. The weather was warm and the people were warm.. I loved it. I remember the giant tub and "swimming" with my little brother Brad. (who is now 6'5). It's one of my favorite pictures. I got to wear shorts! I remember the beautiful yards, the gardens and the coziness of the times. (a bird pooing in Margaret's hair.) my first stitches and family, how they took such good care of me. xo I looked forward to hanging out at your place. Eating dinner-- the soda crackers Grandpa would have before dinner, the olives that grew hair on our chest. It was always sunny at your place. My most favorite times were riding on the tractor with Grandpa... hands down the best! (except when he made the grass squeal...) Charlie the dog and we kids would play in the barn-- building forts with the hay bales and watch the owls. So much fun. Uncle Ronny and the tummy ticklers! :) All the good Christmases enjoyed...Grandpa always falling asleep right after dinner. I would think--"how does he do that." (I understand now...) You both are an inspiration of Love and marriage. A most wonderful example. I carry you with me always. Thank you for your continuous support and believing in me. I love you both dearly... XOXO You put the Grand in Grandma and Grandpa... Love, Christine

19: A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. | Christine Giffin, daughter of Terry Ann & Jeff Norberg | Christine & Terry Ann | Jim, Lindsay, Christine, Stevi Giffin | Lindsay, Stevi, Christine

20: Dear Grandma, A few of my fondest memories at your house are the meals that you would make for us while we were there. I always loved building forts with the couch cushions in your living room. After haying, there was a maze made of bales of hay. We would play for hours in that maze. At the end of it, we got to jump from the loft (10-15 feet) into loose hay. Afterwards, you would always have a snack waiting for us. I will always treasure the painted ornaments that you made for my family. The beautiful angels that you made for Jordan & Brittany are proudly displayed on their bedroom walls, and watch over them daily. Happy 90th Grandma, I love you. Brad | Brad Norberg, son of Terry Ann & Jeff Norberg

21: "Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing" it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way." — Fulton J. Sheen | Brad & Terry Ann | Jordan, Brittany, Jennifer, Brad | Jordan & Brittany

22: I have wonderful memories of Grandma and Grandpa coming over in the evenings for dessert and popcorn, getting in the hot tub and listening to stories of their adventures in Arizona. We always sat together in church during the Spring and Summer when they were home and usually went to breakfast afterwards, sharing more stories and laughs. I will always remember the beautiful creations Grandma would make for all of us like the painted Christmas ornaments, and memory boxes. She is an incredible artist! They will always be cherished. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories Grandma. Happy 90th Birthday! Much Love, Meghan | Meghan Carpenito daughter of Terry Ann & Jeff Norberg

23: "A heart that has truly loved never forgets." | Justin, Meghan Carson, Landon Carpenito | Landon & Carson | Carson & Landon

24: Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Isaiah 64:8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. We are all created and born but, to be a grandmother and mother requires sacrifice and love. God choose you to be my grandmother and I thank Him very much. My fondest memories of you are the creativity you shared and gave to others. I remember the gifts the most because I still have them which are reminders to me of you and Grandpa, which allows me to keep you in thoughts and prayers for you. The gift in love and work is starting to be a lost art in the society we live in today. You can pick up a nice trinket and it will say made in China, but the gift from you says from Grandma and Grandpa with love. The truth was when I was small there was not as much appreciation for the gifts given but now they are priceless because they are in love. Wisdom comes in growing and learning less of our self. Each gift you did took time and patience and how willing you were give yourself in each one for us. Thank you for that love and sharing your gift. Another fond memory is your acts of service, your willingness to host and provide when we were over at your house. Remembering the hay fields coming back and there were drinks already for us. Also the good witness of how you have served Grandpa through the years is an inspiration and a show of sacrifice in marriage and covenant with God. I also remember stories of you serving as a teacher and helped many students. Lord, thank you that you created and gave me my grandmother. Thank you Lord for the witness and the love she has given. May a blessing be given. Amen Love You Grandma Lunderville Shane Lunderville

25: Wisdom comes to those who seek it. Faith does not demand miracles, but often accomplishes them. | Ruth Ann & Shane Lunderville son of Jon &Debbie Lunderville | Shane, Ruth Ann Paul, Amy, Isaac, John

26: A life that touches the heart is life that goes on forever. Let me tell you about my grandma. My grandma has always shown me patience. Not just with her beautiful painted gifts that she shared, but with her time too. As a little girl I struggled with reading. I remember grandma helping me with vowels and sounds. As a young adult I wanted to give my mother-in-law a quillow for her birthday. God didn’t give me the gift in sewing. Grandma worked very closely next to me with never a complaint on how slow I was or how many times I messed up. As I mentioned before grandma gave beautiful gifts. She gave me the best gift ever. My son Tate was sick all the time and in and out of the hospital. I even had one doctor tell me that his body might not make it very long. He was in constant pain. Grandma’s gift was a trip to Whidbey Island to see a Naturopath, Dr. Jangarrd. This trip has been a life saver and I thank you for being my grandma. God knew I didn’t need ten thousand angels. Just 1 Grandma. Happy birthday Grandma with love, joy, and many blessings. Lonna Psalms 111:2

27: Give all to love; Obey thy heart. -Ralph Waldo Emerson | Lonna Gahiemer daughter of Jon & Debbie Lunderville | Joelle, Jatesa, Tajai | Tate, Justice, Tritten

28: Dear Grandma, Happy 90th Birthday! I would like to thank you for your wisdom and encouragement. I have learned so much from you. In particular, you shared with me that everyone makes mistakes in life even when we try hard to do what is right. In the same conversation, I learned that people are never too young or too old to seek forgiveness for mistakes made. Living a life holding grudges is no life. We all need to ask forgiveness and to forgive others, as we are called to do in the Bible. I believe you have demonstrated this to me within your own life. Also, thank you Grandma for all your words of encouragement. You have always made me feel good and strong about how I have chosen to live and how to raise my family. These words mean so much to me. I treasure all of the wonderful handmade gifts (my graduation box and Christmas ornaments) that I have received throughout the years. I look forward to passing them on to my girls, for them to love and cherish. I love you and thank you, Tera

29: Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson | Tera Baver daughter of Jon & Debbie Lunderville | Hattie, Chad, Tera, Haylee Baver | Haylee, Hattie Chad, Tera Baver

30: Dear Grandma, One of my favorite things at Christmas is to decorate the tree. I love to unwrap each ornament and tell Aidan and Lily the memory attached to it. I am blessed to have quite a collection, with many of my ornaments from you. There are beautiful handmade ornaments like the crepe angel and painted ornaments like the skier and the angel. There are ornaments that reflect something I was interested in at the time, like the clown playing the violin. I was nine or ten when I received that ornament and played the violin. Our Christmas tree is beautiful with special ornaments like these that are made with love and I think of you each time I put them on the tree. I am blessed to have a collection of ornaments and memories attached to them. Thank you for the beautiful ornaments and the time you put into making them. Love, Amy

31: Most people commit the same mistake with God as they make with their friends - they do all the talking. -Fulton J Sheen | Larry & Amy (Baker) Covey | Amy Covey daughter of Margaret & Larry Baker | Lillian & Aidan

32: Dear Grandma, Happy Birthday to a wonderful grandmother. I remember when I was in the first grade, playing on the playground at school and chipping a tooth on the jungle gym. Both of my parents were at work so you came to pick me up to go all the way into town to see the dentist. You were there to comfort me, and I have always appreciated it. I recall you helping teach me the alphabet, looking forward to when you would come back from Arizona to see your wonderful artwork, and always looking to add another silver dollar to the coin collection each year. I also have fond memories of visiting Yuma for Christmas in the third grade. I had an amazing time during the day trips to Mexico and attending Mass with luminaries. I thank you for continually helping me to do what is right and am glad to have a Grandmother such as you in my life. Love, Chris

33: "Books are the most wonderful friends in the world. When you meet them and pick them up, they are always ready to give you a few ideas. When you put them down, they never get mad; when you take them up again, they seem to enrich you all the more." — Fulton J. Sheen | Chris Baker son of Margaret & Larry Baker | Connor, Jennifer, Chris, Dylan

34: "I always remember when I would visit Grandma and Grandpa, Grandma would take me in the motor home and cut fresh grapefruit for me! I am grapefruit spoiled! I refuse to buy it at the store and wait every year for the grapefruit to come home from Arizona. I miss having Grandma cut it for me and watch me eat it as she asked me about what was going on in my childhood life." | Krystal

35: Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. -Ralph Waldo Emerson | Krystal Lunderville daughter of Ron & Lynn Lunderville | Kaleb & Krystal

36: Approximately 75 people were present to celebrate Janet Konle Lunderville's 90th birthday. The celebration was held at The Orchards on 14th Port Angeles, WA | Lee Lunderville toasting his "Birthday Girl"

38: Janet's birthday celebration was "Serendipitous".........It started with a new massage client of mine, an 87 year old woman who upon hearing about mother's 90th offered to provide and bring flowers for the party. Indeed she did, a car full of fall colored gladiolas and dahlias. Another new client was a cancer survivor and loves to make others laugh. She baked a 12" cookie and placed it in a pizza box. We presented it to Mother and inside was a "Snicker Doodle Cookie".......About a week before the party, I went into town to pick up the candy mints. Fortunately, for me, they have a habit of not opening on time. So I walked a few doors down to an antique store to browse . I found the perfect vase for the roses that was to grace Mother's table. I walked back to the candy store, but they still had not opened. So, I went back to the antique store to inquire about the candy store and she confided that they are habitually late and that she reaped the rewards! Again, I walked a few more doors down to a cute store called Fiddleheads and found darling wire baskets and picture stand for cards. As Tina rang up my purchases , she inquired as to the occasion, then she pulled out a poem written by Audrey Hepburn from behind the desk to share with me....A poem that inspired her....gave me her only copy to borrow. It was so fitting for this book.....Many Thank yous to the following.......Margaret Baker for the Birthday cakes from Raindrop, Ron & Erica for the Stewart's summer sausage, Jenn Norberg for setting up the balloons that were such a hit with the little ones and for always filling in at a moments notice.... For my husband Jeff - his enduring patience and the levity he brings to any situation....To all the grandchildren for their letters that make up this book and for being present at the Open House . Tera & Chad came from Dillon, Montana, Shane & RuthAnn from Moses Lake, and many others from the Seattle area. Also Lee's younger sister Sharon Fuller from Port Orchard, WA and twin sister Elaine Desgranges from Yuma, Arizona.........Diane Lunderville and Terry Ann Norberg provided a spaghetti dinner for all after the Open House....Mother left two messages on my phone ...Fr. Mark Stehly wished her a happy 90th and an appt. with their Naturopath, Dr. Jangaard, surprised mother with a free exam. Mother said, "it didn't cost me anything. God is sure good to me. It's been a beautiful day and a wonderful surprise to me." -Terry Ann Norberg

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