A Letter To Dear Friends And Family

“To write is human, to receive a letter: Devine!” ― Susan Lendroth David and I have sent an annual Christmas letter to friends and family annually since we married.  We compiled a comprehensive list of family and friends for wedding invitations and announcements.  This growing list has been maintained these 42 years, but a few years […]

Happy Awesome Birthday Mom – A Love Letter

“I know that despite whatever stupid thing I do, I’d be able to go to my mom and she’d still love me. I honestly believe that” ― Nellie Christine, RID I generally do not write about my mother, unless it is in reference to her family ancestors, the Rightmeiers.  Writing about the connection I have with my dad […]

Happy Birthday Mom – A Love Letter

 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. – Psalms 91:16  And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.  Genesis 6:3 I write a bit about my paternal DNA, the […]

2017 Letter To Friends And Family – The Black and White Box

“A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.” – J.R.R. Tolkien I have a pretty black and white box I bought for my husband’s 60th birthday celebration.  It was used to gather all  of the “60-Words of blessing” that folks sent.  Those now have been placed into an archive for someone, […]

Can Calm And Tumultuous Define The Same Year?

“Nothing conquers the chaos around me like the calm assurance that I am at peace with God”  – Ron Brackin Dear Friends and Family, It has been a couple of years since I did an annual recap.  I almost skipped this year, giving into the lurking sense of uncertainty, but then I began to recount […]

I Just Want To Write! Some Observations and Rants From A Determined Creative

Write what should not be forgotten. – Isabel Allende As a determined creative, this BLOG began with a simple premise:  to capture story in four themes that have occurred over the 65 plus years of my life:  Family, Foundations, Flight, and Faith, and share them on this platform. Giving Lost Stories A Voice…is my tagline.  […]

How Diving Into The Histories Of Ancestral Geography Expands Understanding

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. ” –  Marcus Garvey Diving into the histories of the families which converged into one and eventually made their home at Maison Steinbüchel, is an ongoing endeavor.  We do so, to better understand the Kansas Historic Landmark […]

The Real Story Of Our Stunning “Tiffany” Window – A Sparkling Jewel

“Color is to the eye what music is to the ear.: – Louis Comfort Tiffany At the first turn of the curved front staircase in our home is a stunning Tiffany style mosaic stained glass window.  We first laid eyes on it the summer of 1987 when we traveled to Kansas on a “pre-house hunting” […]

A Mother’s Love – A God Gift

“I know that despite whatever stupid thing I do, I’d be able to go to my mom and she’d still love me. I honestly believe that” ― Nellie Christine, RIDE I was about six years of age when my family of five set out from Kansas to Seattle, Washington.  The occasion was my Dad’s youngest sister’s […]