Celebrating Birthdays in San Francisco!!!

Ate at some wonderful places: Outlander, Hinodeya Ramen Bar in Japan Town, Zazies, and The Cliff House. So good!!! Made a quick trip to San Francisco on February 19th to visit Bethany and celebrate her birthday with her and Kristjiana! Carolyn and I did some amazing sightseeing…went to Twin Peaks for a view of San Francisco you couldn’t believe!!! Enjoyed the Palace of Fine Arts, and spending quality time with our hosts. Also celebrated Carolyn’s birthday on February 21st, then returned home Friday the 22nd. It was a pleasant drive to and from, no weather issues, great vistas…Mt. Shasta and all! Haven’t spent Bethany’s birthday with her in AGES. So much fun!

Happy Birthday, Bethany!
Salesforce Tower and Transit Center
Japan Town
Palace of Fine Arts
View from Twin Peaks
A Beautiful City
Dinner at Sutro’s, The Cliff House
Bubbly to celebrate!
The Pacific Ocean
The Love Boat???
The most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen
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So much February Snow!

February 4th
February 5th
February 6th
February 14th
February 16th
February 24th

Winter was quite mild, with a couple of light snows in December and January. February was a different story. Three snow days in February for Yakima Schools, and lots of snow shoveling for Dave…often many times a day just to keep up with it. Another unusual winter for Yakima. It’s been beautiful to look at from inside, but the hills in town make driving difficult in the snow.

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Merry Christmas, Everyone!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We spent a few days in Minnesota with Dan and Emily after Christmas.  Bethany and  Kristjiana joined us.  We had a good time eating at home, eating out (Buca and Luce,) seeing “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theatre, visiting the American Swedish Institute, worshiping at Mt.Olive Lutheran Church, and more…so good to be together again.

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Sadly, my younger sister, Mary, died November 25th, 2018.  She’d been at home on hospice for several weeks after having been in the hospital since early September.  She had Crohn’s Disease.  Fortunately, I made it back to Omaha to see her in late October.  It was a difficult visit.  Rest in peace, Mary.

Here is her obituary from the Omaha World Herald 12/1/18:

Mary Masonbrink passed away on November 25th, 2018. She was survived by her husband, Pat; son, Tyler, his wife Ashley; grandson, Tysen; as well as her 4-legged grandson, Louie; brothers, Doug and Dave, along with their families; and best friend, Sue. Private Service only as she wished.

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Bishop’s Convocation 2018!

We enjoyed three days at Sleeping Lady Resort near Leavenworth, WA October 29-31, 2018.  Cynthia Lindner, author of “Varieties of Gifts:  Multiplicity and the Well-lived Pastoral Life” was the speaker.  It was good to get together with other deacons and pastors from across the synod, in an absolutely beautiful location!   There’s even a Chiluhly glass Icicle Sculpture!   And five deacons were present, so we had our first “official” meeting as the “EWAID Synod Ministers of Word and Service.”  Pictured:  front row, Deacon Margaret Ley, Deacon Dave Hellerich…back row, Deacon Heidi Cryer, Deacon Karla Neumann Smiley, and Deacon Diane McGeoch.


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Voting in Washington State is SOOOOOOO easy!

Everyone should vote this way!  We get our ballots in the mail.  We get an informational booklet with all the information you would ever need to make your own choice on who to vote for and what to vote for or against!  Fill out the ballot, sign the envelope, and stick it in the mail, postage paid…or do like we do, take it to the ballot box on the street by the Yakima County Court House and stick it in!  Couldn’t be easier!  Washington is an amazing state…they do sooooo many things RIGHT!

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Idaho Discipleship Conference!

We attended the 3rd Annual Idaho Discipleship Conference in Boise October 19 & 20.  It was held in the beautiful First Methodist Church, aka “Cathedral of the Rockies, Downtown.”  Keynote and preacher was Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber.  She was a speaker at the ELCA Youth Gathering this past summer in Houston, TX.  A couple of youth from Central Lutheran in Yakima attended this conference to hear her again.  She has a brazen eloquence, her messages are always encouraging and speak to ALL people!  There were other speakers, too, and workshops and service project time.  Boise is a beautiful city, the weather was perfect, and we were able to dine with our friends, Julia and Tom Bennett, while there!

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“The Walls Come Down:” Desegregation Forum in Fredericksburg, Virginia!

Carolyn was asked to participate in a forum at the John J. Wright Museum in Spotsylvania with the seven girls, now women, who were first to integrate into the traditionally white schools in the county on Thursday, August 29, 1963.  That was the day after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech in nearby Washington DC.  Four fourth graders joined Carolyn in her school, and three high school students integrated the high school.   Carolyn hadn’t seen her old friends since graduating from high school!  It was interesting and upsetting to hear about their experience in the new school setting, but they said  friends like Carolyn made it easier.   Carolyn even met some other high school friends who came to see the presentation!  Great memories!  Had time to see the sights once again in and around Fredericksburg on a beautiful weekend, and enjoy some of the local seafood.  Sunday morning, we worshiped at Christ Lutheran in Fredericksburg, Carolyn’s home church.

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Pacific Science Center in Seattle!

We finally got to visit the Pacific Science Center, near the Space Needle in downtown Seattle!  It was a beautiful day, and the Science Center wasn’t crowded at all.  Learned so much about ourselves, bugs (especially butterflies,) machines, etc.  That afternoon, we dined with Sister Elizabeth Steele.  Had a great time!

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Black Bodies Conference @ Pacific Lutheran University!

We enjoyed attending the 8th annual Lutheran Studies Conference at Pacific Lutheran U. in Tacoma on September 27, 2018.  A wide variety of speakers addressed the issue of ethnicity in our church and in our society under the title “Black Bodies and the Justice of God.”  Rev. Dr. Beverly Wallace from Shaw University Divinity School and Bonhoeffer scholar Dr. Reggie Williams from McCormick Theological Seminary were keynote speakers.  And yes, Beyonce was the topic of one presentation!

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