Update as of February 27, 2017. The family has grown. We now have two married daughters. Jessica married Tony on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. It was really special that they asked me to be their officiant. It was a wedding and family confirmation ceremony all at once, as Tony already has two daughters, Kenlee and Alyse. The day after the ceremony we hosted a baby shower for Jessica. She is due with twins sometime in May. Victoria and Nate have added another little boy to the photo at the top. Jaxon is now 7, Ana 2 1/5 and David is 1. James and I look much older and Paulina is currently a Junior/Sophomore at the University of Jamestown (depending on academics or athletics in that order). We are still working in the same places and look forward to the next track and field season, and as old as we feel sometime life seems to be speeding up rather than slowing down.
LuCinda as of Sept. 2016….
In Jan. 2014 I began a position as Pastor of St. Paul’s UCC Church in Eureka, SD. This is a part-time, but permanent position for me. I have learned and grown both spiritually and personally from this experience. At my installation, I received lots of nice cards and gifts, but the best advice was from a very good friend, who was the Rev. in Wishek, ND, but is now in Redfield, SD. She said the main thing you need to do as a Pastor is love your congregation. I am starting to understand that, and I see that it is not just good advice, but it is what happens as you give in to the position. Getting to know these people, I can’t help but want only the best for all of them. Amazing how that feels. No wonder God keeps giving us chances.
I also continue to substitute teach and help my husband with his track team. I have several photos of my family, but need to add a new one. We took one at the installation in April and one at my nephew’s wedding in June, which was in the backyard of my mother’s house next door. The daughters have been updated in the paragraph below.
[Old version this was from the beginning of my blog in 2011–I am a former high school English teacher, who has become a substitute teacher. For the past two years I have also helped my husband with his track team. I also substitute preach in a couple of local UCC churches when the full-time clergy is on vacation.]
As of Sept. 2016: I have three daughters, one official son-in-law, two grandsons, a granddaughter and a very nagged husband. Our oldest daughter works for North Dakota Farmers Union and serves as the North Dakota Representative from District 12, which is most of the city of Jamestown, ND. Her significant other works as a chef at a local restaurant, and his two daughters spend about half of the time with the two of them.
Our middle daughter and her family live in western North Dakota. She runs a daycare while also caring for their two sons, one is six and in first grade and the other will be one at Thanksgiving and a 2 year old sassy pants daughter. Nate’s employer supplies pipes and other items as well as housing and offices for oil companies (his part of the company), so they have been affected by the big boom, and now the slow down. Nate started as a service technician, and currently is the assistant manager of their branch which shrinks each time the price of oil drops. It is interesting work for a criminal justice major.
Our youngest daughter is in her fourth year of college now at the University of Jamestown. She has decided to major in education in the social sciences, and so far is surviving out from under her mother’s scrutiny. She joined the track and field team as a thrower last spring and has enjoyed being a Jimmie.
I also spend some of my time working on some of the properties owned in conjunction with my three sisters. Our mother left us four quarters of pasture and farmland as well as two houses and a campsite to manage together. Some days I wonder if we shouldn’t just sell it all and retire, then I think of how hard she worked to keep it for us, and I realize that I can’t be that selfish.
I come from a German-Russian background and am politically a social liberal, but a financial conservative, figure that one out. I enjoy writing, gardening, sitting on the porch drinking coffee, knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, being with family and hanging out with our two cats. Maybe not in that exact order…
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