Spring returned this week! It was 79 degrees here on Friday and 77 on Saturday, which is almost too warm for this time of year. The crocuses are blooming and the frogs are having a regular chorus in the creek in front of the house. This is an enjoyable time of year and it makes for good calving and lambing.
Stacy and DelRay Kraupie are the proud parents of a baby girl, born Monday, April 15. She weighed in at 7lbs. 11oz. and is 20 inches long. They named her Whitley Ray and Stacy’s folks, Doug and Janet Doll, went down to Bridgeport, Nebraska to meet their new grandbaby. Congratulations to the new parents and grandparents! We can’t wait to meet little Whitley.
Reub and I went to Dickinson on Tuesday for Reub’s appointment with his back surgeon, Dr. Rice. We picked up a new screen door for the door on the deck to replace the one that got tore up when I tried to open it several times when it was blocked by heavy snow and ice. Hopefully we won’t have to worry about that happening again until next winter.
My Cousin Jean Kopren’s son, Willis Kopren, is in the hospital in Rapid City with some heart and breathing issues. Please keep him in your prayers.
We went to Hettinger on Thursday for Reub’s appointment with Mary Eggebo. We went early so he could get some parts for his farm machinery and get home in time for the Maunday Thursday service and potluck supper at Slim Buttes Lutheran that evening. Trig came home from college that evening and got put to work in the lambing shed while Casey was in the Hills taking one of his horses to the horse doctor down there.
My birthday was this Friday on April 19. With the exception of the start of the Revolutionary War that won our independence from England, most of the happenings on this date were tragic. Some would say that my birth was also one of the bad things that happened on that date, but I have to disagree!
In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19 with the “shot heard round the world”.
In 1865, a funeral was held at the White House for President Abraham Lincoln, assassinated five days earlier; his coffin was then taken to the U.S. Capitol for a private memorial service in the Rotunda.
In 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; about 80 people, including two dozen children and sect leader David Koresh, were killed.
The anniversary of the 1993 deaths of Governor Mickelson, Roland Dolly, Ron Reed, Ron Becker, Dave Hansen, Dave Birkeland, Angus Anson, and Roger Hainje is always a day that weighs heavy on our hearts in South Dakota. Since it happened the same day as the fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Texas this tragedy was mostly ignored by the national media.
On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (Bomber Timothy McVeigh, who prosecutors said had planned the attack as revenge for the Waco siege of two years earlier, was convicted of federal murder charges and executed in 2001.)
Thankfully, only good things happened around here on my birthday. Sage and Acalia came down that afternoon to help in the lambing shed and spent the night with us to work until noon on Saturday before going back to Hettinger. Bryce and her fiancé came home late Friday afternoon to spend Easter weekend at the ranch with us. Taz and Trig helped teach a bulldogging school in Bowman on Friday and Saturday for about thirty participants.
Slim Buttes Lutheran held the Sunrise Service at 7:00 Easter morning with an Easter egg hunt and breakfast following. It’s hard for us to get away during lambing and calving so I usually have Easter dinner at our house for as many family members who can make it. Casey and Missy, all their kids and grandkids were here, along with Thad and Angie, Kanon, Till and Kelsy who came up from Sturgis. Brinley couldn’t come because she had to work. I only cooked the ham and lamb and the girls brought all the rest of the very delicious food, so no one went hungry!
I’ll leave you with these Easter jokes:
Why was Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail?
Because he’s too young to drive!
Why can’t a rabbit’s nose be 12 inches long?
Because then it would be a foot!
I was going to tell you a joke about an egg, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
What do you call an Easter egg from outer space?
What comes at the end of Easter?
The letter “r”
Where does the Easter Bunny go when he needs a new tail?
To a re-tail store
How does the Easter Bunny travel?