by Cora Taylor
Caixa Postal 30
37590 Jacutinga, MG
The STADEM REUNION OF 1988:
Greetings to all you Norskies. Wish we could be there but will have to put it off for a couple of yrs. at least. We like your Theme: "Thanks for the Memories." Can you believe it? Mim & Ron have sent me a V.C.R. tape each time and what joy. You can't pull a thing without us seeing you. It's tremendous!
Let me send you the Meaning of "Uff Da" Clayton Templeton, Danny's father, found for me. "Uff Da" is not in the dictionary, but for Norwegians, it is an all-purpose expression covering a variety of situations such as:
Uff Da...is looking in the mirror and discov erring you're not getting better, you're just getting older.
Uff Da...is losing your wad of gum in the chicken yard.
Uff Da...having Swedish meat balls at a lutefisk supper.
Uff Da...spending two hours cleaning up my room and mom says "Uff da."
Uff Da...is arriving large at a lutefisk supper and getting served minced ham instead.
Uff Da...is walking down town and then wondering what you wanted.
Uff Da...is trying to pour two buckets of manure in one bucket.
Uff Da...is having a mouse crawl up your leg when you're on a hay load.
Uff Da...is getting hot soup when you got a runny nose.
Uff Da...is getting out of bed in the morning with a back-ache.
Uff Da...is getting swished in the face with a cow's vet tail.
Uff Da...is waking yourself up in church with your own snoring.
Uff Da...is forgetting your mother-in-law's first name.
Uff Da...is...a Norwegian eating Pitse for the first time says, "Uff da, who regurgitated on my lefse?" (My extra!)
Uff Da...is noticing non-Norwegians at a church dinner using lefse for a napkin.
Uff Da...is eating a delicious sandwich and then discovering the spread is cat food.
Uff Da...is sneezing so hard that your false teeth end up on the bread plate.
Uff Da...is NOT BEING NORWEGIAN.
THEY HAVE A TALE TO TELL.
WHILE OTHERS MAY GO HUNGRY
WE'VE EATEN VERY WELL!
WITH HOME, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS
I SHOULDN'T WANT TO FUSS,
BY THE STACK OF EVIDENCE
GOD'S BEEN VERY GOOD TO US!
"Praise the Lord, the older you get the more failures are behind you. Amen. The Holy Spirit never bulldozes us into submission."
My suggestion to make the 1988 Reunion the very best is give a chance for each one to give a SHORT testimony, maybe "What the Lord means to me." As for me I can truly say He is wonderful and getting better.
Just for Ruthie. Please tell me if Florence Chapin's husband is still living. I did write him about his soul the 18th of March 1987 and have prayed several times for his soul but have never heard.
Your letters, stamps, stickers are so nice. The post master said you must not seal our letters with tape and asked for your envelope and I saw him personally fly out of the office with it in his hand running down the street. Only the Lord knows why, and what for. We love your attention.
Gussie, you are our news paper. We appreciate the news of our big family. Thanks for every letter.
Hudson [Cora and Carl's youngest son, a missionary in NE Brazil among the Indians] has an ulcer (Dr. Be or Nurse Estell) what can he do for it. For one and a half yrs. he was hunted by the squatters [Brazilians who moved onto Indian land to seize it for their own] and only the Lord delivered him. The leaders went there a month ago and ordered him out before he had to be carried out. He is at Vianopolis, Goias, with all his family making plans to open up another tribe. I hope he takes care of this ulcer first. Pray for him.
Another suggestion: Some young coup-les take off a couple of wks. from your work and paint the Plain View House. Aye?
Joke: But it's the truth. Beth Ann's 4 yr. old always had pride in his well kept bedroom, then his two bigger brothers came home now and moved in with him and he came out to the kitchen with a shocked expression and said, "MOMIE, MY ROOM HAS A PROBLEM!"
Caixa Postal 30,
37590 Jacutinga, MG
Brazil, S. Am.
Dearest Mim, Ron & Chad:
With this pile of unanswered letters beside my typewriter I have yours as the most important tho it came yesterday together with the VHS of the 3rd. Annual Stadem Reunion.
We are always amazed Mim at your attention for these old Aunties and Uncles of yours. You can't imagine the joy these V. Tapes are to us way down here. It brings back those precious memories we had the first Reunion on Plain View Farm. Naturally we shall all celebrate Estelle and Joe's Wedding Anniversary Oct. 13, 1940. We were hoping our Carleen & Ken Newton from Colombia would be with us on the arm for a few days but it looks like they are praying about spending Aug. to May with their 2nd. daughter Kenna in Lanham, MD. She is studying at Washington Bible College. She fell in love with a swell fellow from Iran [Sasan]. He was saved and met Kenna while they studied at Jackson Bible school of N.T.M. together. They the church have offered a home they have for missionaries to Carleen and Ken while on furlough. Kenna says she can save soooo much money if she could live off campus with them. Ha! You see, Sasan was very correct in advising the girls, he would not date a girl that wasn't willing to marry him and go to Iran, (to never come back) to win his people for the Lord. She works in a catering service for a Christian, wears a suit to work with black hose and high heels, serving the ritzy. In 4 hrs. she makes $45.00 sometimes in furniture stores serving snacks to rich people who are buying a couple of chairs for thousands of dollars. I can't blame them [Carleen & Ken Newton] for wanting to spend all the time possible with Kenna b/4 they leave 4 good.
Thanks for the pictures. That Sunset could take the prize in most any magazine. With Chad and momie in the front ground added to its beauty, isn't that right, Ron? Ron you seem, to be the foto man [photographer]. Our Hudson has a Chad too but not quite as blond as you. Chad Taylor was born May the 20th. 1980 here in Brazil. He would love to meet you Chad. Does that make you 2nd. cousins?
Now I must explain being you asked, Mim, if we had a VCR. No we don't have a T.V. Don't feel sorry for us we could buy one and have been offered two big colored ones but refused them because we know our weakness of looking at things we shouldn't and wasting the time we could be reading good literature. But we have several Brazilian and Americans that do so we will continue to enjoy them. Thanks millions. Don't ever think we would be bored to see your family life. What a treat. Then to anything about Myrt and Bill is so welcome. I get so burdened for Myrtle some times I just bawl out loud. This morning in Family devotions we covered her situation and really cryed out to the Lord. How is this mim, with your daddy such a load. We sent a form letter telling about my darling's prostrate operation. He is fighting a infection yet but is improving. You are so kind to think of sending a tape of Myrt, once in a while.
Mim, you must be the favorite "Moca Aeria" [flight attendant?] on the plane. I have never heard of mother being able to take their baby, or child with them as you have done. I think it's fantastic! Then to think of this date you, Chad, have flown 250 times already. Is the whole family flying with you Ron on the Boeing 767 now. That should be ideal.
I enjoy your decorated stationary and your lovely stamps. Yes we have a line up for our foreign stamps. They are lovely. "PEOPLE CAN BE DIVIDED INTO THREE GROUPS:
THOSE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!
THOSE WHO WATCH THINGS HAPPEN!
THOSE WHO WONDER WHAT HAPPENED!"
YOU GUYS COME IN FIRST. MAY THE GOOD LORD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU FOR THE BLESSING YOU HAVE BEEN TO US.
In Him, Aunty Cora & Uncle Carl