April Birthdays

Birthday CakeApril has special significance for me. It’s the birth month of four very important women in my life, listed here in chronological order by unspecified year, beginning with the youngest:

  • Our daughter Angie was born April 6.
  • My wife Terry was born April 10.
  • Terry’s mother Dorothy was born April 15. She passed away five years ago.
  • My mother Elda was born April 10.

Alas! Our granddaughter Kayla, born August 18, missed the April list. She’s still very special!

Without divulging the specific age of each of the four, I’ll simply point out that one sweet April lady on the list is within five days of being twenty years younger than one of the others and is exactly thirty years younger than another on the list. You can do the math.

One of these ladies, God willing, will celebrate her 100th birthday this coming Sunday, April 10. As my readers may recall from prior editions of Perspectives, Mother is ready to go to heaven to see Jesus. She’s growing weaker physically yet remaining strong spiritually and emotionally.

While not looking forward to her leaving us, I believe it’s accurate to say the 54 members of Mom’s immediate family have come to realize that praying for God to keep her here would be selfish on our part. Consequently, we’ve been praying for God to grant Mother’s desire to trade her life here on earth for life in the new heaven and the new earth. (2 Pet. 3; Rev. 21) That’s not an easy prayer.

In the meantime, we celebrate the fairly rare milestone Mom is scheduled to achieve this coming Sunday. Many of you have enhanced that celebration by sending cards, notes and emails. Mother is absolutely flabbergasted at receiving greetings from people across the country, many of whom she doesn’t even know. Thank you very much for your thoughtfulness in helping make Elda’s 100th birthday celebration an occasion to remember.

I love you, Mom! I love Dorothy’s memory! I love you, Terry! I love you, Angie! I love you, too, Kayla! All of you have blessed my life beyond measure! Happy Birthday to each of you!

Here’s an idea, dear readers. Take the time to tell the women (and also the men) in your life how much you love them and thank God for them! There’s no time better than the present to do so!

April Birthday Ladies in My Life!

Credit:  Zsuzsanna Kilian

Credit: Zsuzsanna Kilian

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!