S: Memories of Us
FC: Memories of Us
1: In the Beginning
7: Spring Time
8: Summer Time!
10: The Farm | The Farm | The Farm
15: Birthday Cake Traditions | Birthday Traditions
16: so many | Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share.
17: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH
18: Road Trip!
19: Happy Trails to you!
25: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter
28: New Beginnings
35: "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."
37: Adam's Mark -Charolette, North Carolina1-704-372-4100 Thursday morn - feed cats & canary [water] even - homework - get it done at Margie's if you go there. Turn on the attic fan for 6 hours. Friday morn - feed cats & canary [water] attic fan even - game & dance Have Fun! Saturday - sleep Zzzzz TV??? cats & canary clean kitchen & your room do Troy's laundry? SA8 & trizyme homework -- water outdoor plants -- game clothes in sink attic fan -- morning & evenings Sunday Sleep Zzzz sweep floors & breezeway cats & canary run dishwasher & put away dishes attic fan -- morning & evenings Monday Sleep Zzzz cats & canary [water] We'll be home by noon. Please have the house clean . If you get hot: take a shower to cool off (several times a day if you want) Eat Sherbet / read a book in the basement / run fans / cold washcloth on your forehead & back of your neck / make limeade / wet your hair / there's a fan upstairs in our bedroom.
38: Dear Troy & Nicole: Have a good weekend - it sounds busy. Troy - I hope getting up at 4am won't be a problem. Good luck on your speech! Hope you beat Bradley! Nicole- I already called Rose to have the bus stop here - don't forget to fix your lunch & take extra clothes.. Tell me about the Dinner Theater when I get home. I guess Saturday Troy can take Nicole to the High School for Forensics at 8am? on his way to work but how will you get home and then back to the play? We should be home Monday before school - I'm teaching Home Ec. If you need anything Grandma Dolton is at Aunt Jan's - 379-5622 or call Mary Saunders. We're staying at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis 1-404-521-0000. Troy - dogs Nicole - Canaries & Chickens - water the tomato plants in the plant room. Please take tool orders Sunday night. Renee' calls at 10:30 pm. Thanks. Love you both! Mom
45: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter
48: Ho Ho Ho Hum...Just another year on the farm... NOT!! We've had quite an eventful year! Troy spent 12 weeks of his summer at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina completing his Basic Disbursing Course and earning the rank of Lance Corporal. Troy - excuse me-Marine Lance Cpl. T.D. Manz is a member of the marine Corp Reserves. While he was there Hurricane Bertha hit land only a few miles south. Troy called (before the lines went down) to tell us they were expecting to be the point where the hurricane would hit and would not be evacuated! Although it was one of the smaller hurricanes of the season, they were still restoring power 2 weeks later to the base. I think Troy's expectations of hurricanes was somewhat of a let down -- something about being able to pass a football even in the worst of it. Troy graduated on July 24 and arrived home 5821 Candletree Dr. #22) in time for Nicole's wedding on July 27th. Nicole and Herb's wedding was the beginning event for the Bebermeyer Reunion. Thank you Knopps, for including us in your plans. It was a beautiful, cool (for July 27) day that will warm our memories forever! Nicole looked like a princess on her Father's arm as she appeared in the doorway. THe inspirational service, beautiful music, not to mention the delicious punch (Mom's only responsibility) came together smoothly due to Nicole's planning and coordination. Nicole & Herb honeymooned in the Colorado Rockies and are home in Manhattan where Herb is an engineering student at KSU (of course) and Nicole works at Dr Hungerford, DDS office, and Drew goes to Miss J's Daycare. Drew and Papa are special pals these days although he prefers Grandma's lap at nap time. The Hawkins love to receive cards and letters at 400 Jardine Terr. apt R30, Manhattan, 66502.
49: Roger and I concluded our 23 years on the farm - we sold the farm and purchased a lake home ( 15 miles away). The farm had been for sale for about 1 year and sold to a couple from Illinois working for the railroad in Topeka. They are undoubtedly the couple the Lord intended to live there next. They have always lived in the country and adopted Fred (Beagle ?Basset mutt) and all the various barn cats. We brought Caesar our Rottweiler with us to the lake. We are very excited about our new lifestyle. We moved in on my 44th birthday, Oct 16 and christened the place with Thanksgiving Dinner. We are continuing our effort to educate the nieces - or rather - the nephews(!) to our "lake rules". Our waterfront is on the deep water so the rules are especially important. Our boat house has a screened deck above it with a circular water slide and a diving board 8 ft. above the water level. We're set for summer fun! Our home is a 15 sided "round" home with 6 of those sides windows facing the lake to the east on two levels. The sunrises are marvelous! The yard seemed small compared to the farm until I raked the oak leaves... the hot tub was my next stop! Caesar has adjusted - his first two weeks were rough. I don't know if he missed Fred or Nicole more but he brightened up after Nicol;e & family were home for a visit. We praise the Lord as we marvel in how He works in our lives and directs our paths!! Instead of experiencing stress from these events, we found deeper faith, patience, a sense of adventure and overwhelming peace. At one point Troy said he couldn't believe we were selling the farm. I told him that was where we used to farm and where we used to raise our family. As we close that chapter of our lives we look back with warm memories. I praise the Lord for the roots in a farm/ country lifestyle He provided for our family. As we begin this new chapter we look forward with anticipation and excitement. There's a family ski trip to Steamboat Springs in January, jet skis on order for summer and an Ozark house boating adventure with friends planned for August. May God bless you as He has us in 1997! Have a warm and wonderful Christmas!!
50: Merry Christmas and Happy New Millennium We're looking forward to getting everyone together here at the Lake the second weekend of August - the 12th & 13th. I am responsible for the change from a Colorado setting. I convinced our family that the kids and adults alike would enjoy a lake weekend and three years from now when it's Dorothy's turn again, we may have too many babies and toddlers to want to consider it then. Hopefully it will be a hot weekend to encourage everyone to get in the water! We have a Bed & Breakfast on the Lake that we will headquarter out of - but more details later. Roger and I have had a very busy year - which is how we like it! Our Amway business has evolved into a new internet related company - Quixtar. We've been busy learning a new way of doing business, purchasing a computer, choosing an internet service provided and the reconsidering our choice and learning the ins and outs of our web site and the information available. To some of you, we're running to catch up in our ignorance. To others, were teaching the baby steps we've taken. As we were anticipating the changes, I took time in the spring to get a real estate license and am focusing on the Lake Wabaunsee properties. Roger changed his location of doing business in June and was salesman of the month the second month he was at Laird Noller Ford in Topeka. He took tome out this fall to get a 14 point buck and to carve the bear in our picture with his chainsaw! Hope you're all well and looking forward to - not dreading - 2000! Love, Roger & Cindy firstname.lastname@example.org
51: Thank you all for your Christmas cards, e-mails, pictures & letters! It's great to stay in touch! Our life has simplified greatly as we settled into our empty nest. Roger was promoted to Assistant Manager of the Used Car Dept less than a year after moving to Laird Noller Ford Dealership. They are the highest volume used car dept. Ford has between St. Louis and Denver. Keeps him running! We did find time to sneak off to CanCun (where the picture was taken) in October. Snow skiing at Powder Horn on the Western Slope on Colorado was January's highlight. We drove out the afternoon of January 1 - how's that for Y2K confidence! I've enjoyed real estate here at the lake. I was busy in the spring and summer - now is my off season. The lake if frozen solid and the ice hims! A fox walked across the ice towards our home at dawn last week! He was gone by the time I got my camera out! Troy is busy this year with full time school and full time work! He's still in Topeka. Herb and Nicole and Andrew are expecting their newest family member the first week of February! We're excited! Since we have a blondy and a carrot top, a brunet wold be nice. We like grandsons! Andrew and I did our annual Bible School week together. I introduced Brendon to farm animals at the Abilene Fair on an outing with Great Grandma Snider. they both love the jet ski! Hope you're all keeping warm this snowy, cold winter! Be sure to take some time to count your blessings and set some goals for 2001! Roger & Cindy
54: This has been a year of mile markers for us. Roger and I both turned 50 and celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in 2002. To celebrate, we decided a cruise with the family was the thing to do. In September we boarded the Royal Caribbean's "Majesty of the Seas" cruise ship and sailed the Caribbean. We snorkeled, sea kayaked, shopped, played beach volleyball and ate our way into many memories. The picture is our formal night aboard the ship. 2002 has also marked our departure from the world of employment and back into business ownership as Roger ended his tour of duty with Noller Ford and bought a business with a friend. Wash on Wheels is a mobile truck washing business where the crews travel to businesses that need their trucking fleets washed. The business came complete with crew and clients as the former owners were retiring. This business has a bright future and I don't think I've ever seen Roger work so hard. The first few months were often accompanied by groans of "what have I gotten myself into" with a satisfied smile on his face. I also became a business owner as I passed my Broker's exam (the first time!) and started Lake Wabaunsee Realty. I've enjoyed being independent and working at home. My business centers around my quarterly newsletter and my web site that Troy so masterfully created for me. Check out www.lakewabaunsee.com ! Our internet business, MCR is growing as well with leaders in the Colorado Springs area exploding with, and mostly without, us! It is joyful and humbling to share their successes. We also enjoyed our trek to the ski slopes and Mexican beaches again this year and added Orlando attractions to the mix. We satisfied our roller coaster urges for years to com, I'm certain! Deer season was a big success with Roger's past efforts of attracting the deer to his hunting grounds with alfalfa fields and mineral blocks, especially for the deer, working masterfully. I've never heard him report seeing as many deer as he did this year . It's a contented feeling to add some meat to 3 freezers off the abundance of the land. Our kids seem appreciative of the contribution. We're looking forward to Christmas with the grandchildren - and their parents - in our home. May your Christmas be Merry and Bright!! Roger & Cindy
56: Greetings from the Manz household! 2004 found us working harder than ever - physical hard work! Roger accomplished his goal of relocating his Wash on Wheels Truck & RV wash business from north Topeka to Forbes Field. They built a Morton building with heat in the floor that has 2 wash bays indoors that will each accommodate 2 semi's end to end and an outdoor bay. They moved in May and continued completing the project until August. They've been adding accounts and employees ever since! About that time I found a lake home that I didn't think would sell in the condition it was in so we took it on as a fix-er-upper and in 90 days had a renter in. Since August was too cool this year to want to water ski (and we were too tired) it made a good painting month. I scraped, primed, painted 2 coats exterior and interior. Roger jacked up the sagging joists and put in a new bathroom, among many other improvements! We're in shape as never before! I think it's time for some R & R - you're right, we're headed to the slopes for Christmas Day. I think I see a pattern here.... The family mile markers this year were Troy & Doyse's April wedding and Herb & Nicole's Thanksgiving Day Feast! What a joy seeing the next generation foster loving relationships! Now that's a victory report! The Grandkids are growing and going! It's a Wonderful Life!
64: Dear Troy and Nicole, What a fun, year long project this book has been for me! We have been a blessed family! What a joy it was to raise you kids on the farm. The photo albums brought back many memories -- more than photos can capture. Remember the dune buggy, cleaning chickens, coyotes in the yard at dusk, a peacock in the pine tree, climbing the pine tree... Oh yes, the wringer washer! Well, those are my memories. I'm sure you've got your own. Our tragedy was the house fire. Praise God, you guys weren't hurt -- at least physically. I know there are horrible memories there. But we battled back & enlarged our house. Our move to the lake has been a blessing also. What fun we've had teaching the grandkids to ski and getting us all on the golf course. We've got many more memories to make at your homes as well. Our family relationships had usual ups and downs. There were times we needed your forgiveness. Thank you that you two were generous in that also. We've passed our faith on to you - don't neglect that! I'm planning a big reunion in heaven when our times are done here! You both have chosen your spouses well. They suit you and bring out the best in you. It's been fun to see you grow into loving, giving adults. And parents! My advice to you both: "Bless - that's your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing and also get a blessing." Maybe you saw that on my bathroom mirror. That attitude has created a good atmosphere in our home and with our neighbors. Thank you for the blessing of you! Merry Christmas 201 1 ! May God bless your 2012 with achievement and contentment! Love, Mom