RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
Estelle & Joseph Rangen's Letter of 1988,
from Yuma, Arizona,
We were told by our Victory Board..."Go...go and take in the Golden Celebration of the Halvorsons and we'll take care of the preaching, Teaching, Leading, Watering of the Church Palms, etc."
There's something magical about taking a trip. You can't buy it...you have earn it...and you've earned the right to enjoy it. This was part of our vacation, of course!
We must confess, the nudge came from daughter Mim, Continent Airlines employed. Our launching base, the Koslowsky Home in Anaheim, flying first to Portland...getting a rented car (Toyota), sleeping over-night at the Walt Evans and by sunrise, we were on our way to have breakfast with the Biornstads who had called and asked for that favor! (Favor to us, we'd say).
Now it's Friday June 3rd and we were on our way to Tacoma where we usually do our telephoning. We received an answer at the first ring and sure enough Sister Pearl gave us a royal welcome, even tho' she had just returned on Wednesday from the Stadem Reunion. Needless to say, we were not wanting for conversation! What fun to hear of all the excitement and accomplishments which went on at Plain View Farm in S.D. Stadem Reunion. The highlight must have been when Aunty Be, after the necessary detailed, exhaustive account of how Russ had taken a picture...it could not be used as it was, but a son of their dear Friend from Riverside, CA., had taken on the awesome task of correcting what needed to be corrected and in love had made enough copies for the whole Stadem relationship...Grandkids included. Be unveiled the most impressive picture of Mamma praying which was such an overwhelming experience for all the 43 relatives attending that they, almost without exception broke into tears. Pearl did the same thing as she unveiled her picture she had received and the reaction for me was as overwhelming. How proud we are to have this beautiful Picture hanging on our wall. Momma knew the key to open Heaven's door and she used it daily. (By-the-way, the necessary correction was for the artist to remove the curlers in her hair, which he did so professionally).
Sunday a.m. we attended the Worship Service in our L.B. Church in Marysville, WA. Father Joe was called on to come forward and give news from our Victory Chuch to a well filled church.
By 2 p.m we were at the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Celebration for Gladys and Ruyby Halvorson in our L.B. Church in Mt. Vernon, WA. We aere four Northern Yuman Couples at this function. Very special! Joseph had been asked to give the Anniversary Greeting and we sang one especially written song for the Honored couple.
Heading back to Puyallup, we were just in time for the "special" we had heard announced, to take in the concert by the prime-Timers, singers from several of our N.W. Pacific Churches. They gave their splendid program inMarysville and we were happy we could take it in! We saw so many pastors, pastor's wives, lay people who we have known for years...a great reunion as a bonus!
Sister Pearl took us out to a Spanish-type Barbeque Restaurant where plants, antique accessories (like our On-the-farm accessories) made for homey atmosphere. The food was delicious and the honey from a step-ladder about six feet towards heaven [honey on Jacob's Ladder, making the climb a sweet one?--Ed.]. Lorin, Marylou, Wayne, Judith, and David all joined with us to make the fellowship humorously highlighting. (Over the shoulder he poured).
Lorin took us to an open house of a newly constructed Plastic Surgeon's Clinic where he performs reconstructive and beauty surgery. This was Lorin's design and what a beautiful structure. There were spreads like a "Garden of Eatin'" inside and out...3 foot tall swan ice carving amidst the gourmet cuisine etc. We were privileged to see Lorin and Marylou's home...all five stories...just about ready for the carpeting. What a fabulous undertaking! It's a good thing they are as young as they are (you are) because it is going to take the young and hip to keep a place like that clean and to be host and hostess besides. Must help to have an elevator...;Pearl and I were so favord. Now this house is right on the Commencement Sound...beautiful. If you are within 1700 miles of their place, it's worth your time and journey to see it! Not splufin.
We ended up at Wayne & Judith's (& Dave's) for fresh fruit, crackers, cold drink-hot natural tea, etc, before we scutted back to Pearl's for another night of rest...(three in all with her).
Monday we spent with our dear Northern Yumans who live in Gig Harbor...just across the Sound from Pearl's. It was such a delight to share pictures since they had left for the north...they too had pictures to show...we saw their summer Church, and we enjoyed the drive around the Island as well as two of their homes (your homes!). We were treated to a noon lunch in a lovely quiet Restaurant and in the Finholm home we were served a typical Scandinavian aftertoon Kaffe fest...Francis had been up early baking we could tell. Nothing like an excellent cup of decaffeinated Columbian coffee...in a relaxed unpretentious atmosphere...with super friends!
Tuesday saw us off driving south enjoying the assortment of green-GREEN evergreens and pasture land. By the time to go to our Rose of Sharon LB Service (Mid-week), we had visited Harold & Ingrid Andersons and Jim & Verna Rygh. The Rygh's invited us to go tot he Black Angus Rest. to Celebrate their 47th Wedding Anniversary...another inspiring triumph. Father Joe was invited to share concerning our work in Victory as was Mother Estelle...not hard to do! Chloe was at the airport in Orange Co. Airport to meet us and entertain us until we ventured home again to Yuma. 6-16- up at 4 a.m. on our way to Tucson to take in the Grad. Exercises & Banquet for Mim's Dave (Nat'l Air Guard). Thanks again so much for all you did for us Pearl.
Love ya, Joe & E