Sunday, December 27, 2009


Dec. 25, 2009--- Keith and Maryann are living on the "Dream Manor" in Columbus, Mississippi. They have spent many hours decorating the boat. These pictures show thier efforts. Well done!

Monday, December 21, 2009


December 15, 2009

As Keith & Maryann were still in Gillette, they decided to have an “early Christmas” this year. Since it was a school and work night for the younger folk, we packed in as many things as possible before Max’s bedtime. We brought Mom over, and everyone enjoyed one of Todd’s famous gourmet dinners. After dinner came present-opening, picture-taking, and Cribbage-playing. A great time was had by all! Keith & Maryann leave tomorrow to begin the long drive back to Dream Manor.


December 12 – 14, 2009

On Saturday, December 12th, Keith, Maryann, Todd and Stephanie took an NRA introductory pistol class in Gillette. The class was very benificial – it included both classroom work and shooting practice at the outdoor range. Everyone learned new things. Taking the class qualified them to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Max and Grandma Beth spent a fun day together while the shooters were at class. Cold and snow persisted.


December 11, 2009

Today is Mom’s (AKA Grandma Beth’s) 85th birthday. We celebrated by taking a carrot cake over to Aunt Velma’s home in Gillette. (Aunt Velma is Mom’s 92 year old sister.) Stephanie and Todd joined us for the blowing out of the candles. They went to a housewarming party afterward, while Keith, Maryann, Max, Velma & Mom played several games of Rummikub. Keith and Velma took turns winning; no mercy was shown to the “Birthday Girl.”


November 25 – December 2, 2009

Thanksgiving at Maryann’s parent’s home was amazing! There were 15 people around the table, ranging in age from 11 months (Jimmie’s granddaughter, Zoie) to 89 years (Maryann’s dad, Gorvan). Jimmie Sue made most of the meal herself with additions by Mom and Maryann. The food and fellowship were wonderful – Jimmie lead us in sincere prayers of gratitude for God’s allowing us to be together as a family. Of course the meal was followed by card-playing and catching-up with each other’s lives. Precious little Zoie was the star of the gathering.

The days after Thanksgiving were spent “enjoying” the snow and cold and shopping in nearby Billings. Maryann worshipped with a small Lutheran congregation in Laurel on Sunday; folks were very welcoming. Several days were spent in target-practice, as Keith and Maryann got more familiar with their new pistols. Todd and Skip, Maryann’s brother, added their expertise and advice. While there, Stephanie interviewed Grandpa Gorvan for a college paper on gun control.

Stephanie and her family drove back to Gillette on Saturday, November 28th. Keith and Maryann remained in Laurel until the next Wednesday, December 2nd. It was hard leaving Maryann’s mom and dad. We are all hopeful that Gorvan will be having a back procedure soon that will decrease his pain and increase his mobility and quality of life. (Even on heavy-duty pain meds, he still plays a mean game of Cribbage!)


November 24, 2009

Keith & Maryann left Dream Manor in Columbus, MS, on 11/18 and arrived in Gillette, WY, the evening of 11/20. They spent a few days there enjoying the company of family and friends. They picked up 9 year old Grandson Max from school early in the afternoon of November 24th and drove to Laurel, MT. Daughter Stephanie and her boyfriend, Todd, drove up later after work. Maryann’s sister and her husband brought over homemade pizza, and Mom made a cheesecake to help Gorvan, Maryann’s dad, celebrate his 89th birthday. It was wonderful seeing the LeDucs again and getting more Cribbage lessons!