Dee Aubert and I talked on the phone this week. She told me Jim Aubert celebrated his 67th birthday May 5 and they celebrated their 42nd anniversary May 16.
George Anna and Bob Taylor had a lot of damage to their house and garage. She said their son Stuart had pneumonia and also had five stints put in.
George Anna was able to attend the birthday party for the residents at Hillside Village.
Brandon Jones, the grandson of Scott and Ted Jones, graduated in December 2005 from Wyoming Technical College in Laramie, Wyo. He is the upholsterer for a boat company in Hill City.
I attended the city council meeting last week thanks to Diana Zwahlen and the upcoming bus service we will have in July. The bus picked me up and had a lift for my wheelchair. The people who have been involved in getting this to De Soto were on board, too. I'm looking forward to using it.
I also asked the city to clean up the old 84th Street behind my house because a person can't get into the garden and I don't want ruts across my lawn. I hope they can get it cleaned up soon because the Albert Jenks family wants to plant tomatoes, peppers and other items.
The De Soto Baptist Church recognized the seniors graduating at its services on Sunday. Each senior came to the front and received a gift from the church.
Senior Lucas Walker led the congregation in singing.
Ji Eun Kim, the exchange student from Korea, played the piano. She performed a solo "Etude in C Minor" by Chopin.
At the opening of services, Mary Etta Copeland and Ji Eun Kim played the duet "Sonata in D" by Mozart. Mary Etta played the organ and Ji Eun played the piano. It was great. The exchange student at De Soto High School had her house parents with her during services.
We also had a very special group of De Soto High School flute ensemble performers play a selection at offertory.
The needed item at the De Soto Multi-Service Center is macaroni and cheese. The item for next week is white rice.
Fruit snacks, cereal, peanut butter, jelly and pasta foods are always needed.
The wedding of my grandson Bradley Chandler to Colleen Collette was May 20 at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on 179th Street. It was a beautiful setting.
The flowers were so beautiful and the weather was perfect for the 200 or more guests in attendance in the outdoor setting. The bridal party was colorful and the limo took the bride and groom and their attendants to the reception where all the guests were served a smorgasbord dinner at the decorated tables.
The bride and groom tiered wedding cake was on center stage with chocolate and white cake served to everyone in attendance.
My grandson Brad is the youngest son of Debbie and Paul Chandler. He works for Toyota in Kansas City, Kan.
Colleen's dad, Michael Collette, lives in Louisburg. Her mother, Lynn, is deceased.
Colleen got her law degree last fall and is working for K.O.D.T.
They are spending their honeymoon in Hawaii and have bought a home in Gardner.
My son Edwin and his wife, Jeanne, and daughter Paige from Plano, Texas, and my daughter-in-law Nancy Nalley and her son Alan and his daughter Katie from Lisle, Ill., came for the Chandler wedding. We had several out-of-town relatives for the weekend. Some of them stayed with my son Jerry Nalley. Others stayed at hotels in Overland Park.
A correction in the May 18 Explorer: At the mother-daughter brunch at De Soto Baptist Church, the twin daughters who attended with Sally and Shawn Allen were the daughters of Sarah, Sally and Lawrence Allen's other daughter. Shawn was babysitting while their mother took a trip to Florida for a week's vacation.
According to reports I've gotten, Sarah was glad to get back home. Shawn had quite a week taking the twins to the park to play and out to eat.
Shawn is so good to drive me to my doctor's appointments.
The Bible study group that meets on Mondays at De Soto Baptist Church will not meet Monday because of the Memorial Day holiday.
Leslie Hodges interviewed me recently about World War II -- where I was when I heard the news of the Pearl Harbor bombing and if I had any close relatives in the service.
Luther didn't pass the enlistment test. He was in Phoenix when he took the test. He was a brakeman on the Santa Fe railroad from Galleys, N.M., through the mountains to Western Arizona.
She also asked how I felt about the atomic bomb in Japan and the Normandy invasion.
I told her of the ration cards and not having electricity until 1948 in the 95th and Waverly area. The school had lamps and got water from a well.
People were real glad when it was over.
Those celebrating wedding anniversaries this week include Raymond and Lois Tripkos, Jeff and Traci Griffin and Larry and Sharon Kraus.
The Pioneer 4-H Club had its meeting Monday at De Soto United Methodist Church and the Relay For Life committee met on Wednesday at the church.
The Relay will take place June 2 and 3 on the track at Lexington Trails Middle School.
They have already passed out the shirts for the survivors. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact chairwoman Rita Jones.
The United Methodist Women of De Soto United Methodist Church are taking orders for De Soto UMC T-shirts. If interested in buying one, give Rita Jones the name, size and a check payable to the De Soto UMW.
Those celebrating birthdays this week include Marty Crispen, Juanita Marshall, Mark Hanson, Jerin Riffel, Adam Thies, Stephanie Slitor, Kirk Tiedeman, Nancy Prosser, Raquel Krout, Nicholas Cardiff and Mary Jo McDaniel.
There were also several residents at Hillside Village who had birthdays.
Members of the Willow Springs FCE took cookies and punch and served the residents for their monthly birthday party.
Those celebrating were Dorothy Erickson, Edna Bfafard, Mary Goodwin, Gloria Reasoner and Omer Lafferty.
We took gifts for each of the residents celebrating birthdays and sang the birthday song to them.
The pianist played a selection of songs and we visited with them for more than two hours.
My granddaughter Paige took me and helped serve the residents.
Those on the sick list include Bobbie Robinson, who lives at Hillside Village. She was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Friday for blood pressure problems. Pat Weese is home now from the hospital where she was admitted for diabetic problems.
Jess Boyd will have more surgery soon. He is in need of prayers.
My daughter-in-law Linda, who lives in Oklahoma, asked for prayers for her mother, Mary Rose, a former Lawrence resident, who is in a rest home in Oklahoma City. She is on oxygen all the time and is doing a lot of coughing. She said she could hardly walk. Linda's dad at the rest home gets around well.
Mark McMillen is a patient at Overland Park Regional Medical Center after his injury. Bonnie Montgall asked for prayers for a friend and several unspoken prayers were also requested.
The craft teachers for Vacation Bible School at De Soto Baptist Church need the cardboard rolls from bath tissue as well as empty bread wrappers for June 5 to 9.
Please give them to me or call me at 585-1326.