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April Greetings

Captiva Island:  Spring Break 2016We SO enjoyed our time on this little bit of paradise.  Weswam with dolphins, talked to manatees, threw shells to thealligators, jet skied, went on a dolphin spotting cruise,netflixed, read, swam, walked, and simply enjoyedthe thrill of being alive and together. Well, it’s April already–almost time to start planting which is …

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Happy New Year to everyone!  We enjoyed an exceptional last two months of 2015, and are enjoying 2016 with all of its deliciously crazy weather fluctuations.  The girls especially enjoyed many successes at the end of 2015 of which Andrew and I were able to enjoy vicariously.  They both made it into Iowa AllState for violin, and were …

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In Honor of Linda Mae Hagel Foerderer

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyf61M5IHi4] Linda Mae Foerderer left us October 7, 2015.  She was surrounded by loved ones when she breathed her last breath. We will miss you dearly, Linda–thank you for being you. Be of love a little more careful than of anything. ~e.e. cummings

Linda Mae (translated into Portuguese means “beautiful mother”)

My mother-in-law Linda is not doing well.  We took the girls out of school last Tuesday, so we could travel to Minnesota and spend time with her at the hospital.  We drove home Friday afternoon, while the rest of the family (Andrew\’s two older brothers, their wives, and his dad) took her home with hospice care in …

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Trial Run as Empty-Nesters

A SnapChat Picture sent to us from their Strings Camp <3 We are living the life of \”empty nesters\” this week.  It\’s quiet.   I miss the girls\’ chattering selves, the violin practicing, the singing, and the updates of what\’s happening on \”Grey\’s Anatomy\” with the hospital noises in the back ground.  They have an obsession …

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