April is an important month for some very important ladies in my life!
April 10 is the date my dear mother, Elda Mary Hellman Kieschnick, was born in Nashville, Kansas. The year was 1916. Do the math! This young lady turns 98 years of age today! Her health is strong, with relatively few minor aches and pains. She lives independently, cooks and entertains folks with bed and board. She is called “Granny” and works like the Energizer Bunny!
Two years ago Mom gave up driving but still goes lots of places, with kind assistance from her friends. She has been blessed with four children, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, two of whom are still living here on earth. One of the premature Christmas triplets passed away two days after birth. Granny is a blessing and loved by many!
April 10 is also the date my dear wife, Terry Lee Roos Kieschnick, was born in Austin, Texas. That makes it easy not to forget either birthday! The year was a few decades later than that of my dear mother noted above. Terry and I have been married more than 48 years and have been blessed with two grown children, one grown son-in-law, and two grandchildren who call her “Mimi.”
Terry has been and continues to be a genuine blessing to our immediate and extended families and to many other dear friends and loved ones across the country and around the world. She is blessed with many gifts, including the gift of hospitality. She loves to feed people, as few as two and as many as 120 at one time! Terry also loves to decorate our home, which she does beautifully and joyfully! She is very special to me, to all our family, and to many others!
April 15 is the date Terry’s mother, Dorothy Nell Gruesen Roos, was born in Austin, Texas. The year was 1926. She left this earth for her home in heaven on June 21, 2011, at the tender age of 85. She was blessed with two children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dorothy was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin. Her life is remembered in many ways by many people and is especially memorialized by a beautiful wooden cross dedicated to the glory of God in the chapel auditorium at Concordia University Texas.
April 6 is the date our dear daughter, Angela Lynn Kieschnick Keith, was born in Springfield, Ill. The year was 1970. Angie arrived shortly before Terry and I left the seminary for our first call in Biloxi, Miss. She is a very special young lady who has blessed us with much joy and pleasure!
Baptizing our infant daughter moments after I was ordained on June 6, 1970, was my first official pastoral act. She was crying! Her pacifier was not handy. So I put my index finger in her mouth. That did the trick! Angie and Todd have been married nearly 25 years and are blessed with our two awesome grandchildren, Kolby and Kayla. Kayla, born in August, broke the April birth pattern!
In our home April is an important month! I am blessed to have all these wonderful women in my life, together with three sisters and other female family members. I thank God for each of them!