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Remembering summer, reflecting on the holidays
Feb 06, 2018

Richard and Cheryl Bell have spent some of these really cold winter days remembering their visit to Branson last September. The nine days spent at a resort during the warm weather included swimming, a midnight round of miniature golf where Richard made a hole-in-one, rides on the free downtown Branson Trolley, meeting new friends at Branson’s Skyline Baptist Church, a trip to the Toy Museum, and visiting with longtime friends the Bells knew when they lived in Springfield, Mo.

One special new friend was Noreen, from Ireland. Noreen has a home in Branson and one in Ireland. The day before she was to return to Ireland, she and Cheryl spent an afternoon sharing stories of how the Lord had blessed each of them. They discovered they had much in common, including a love of writing. Noreen shared several of her works with Cheryl. They vowed to keep in touch.

Other warmer weather memories include their grandson Samuel’s sixth birthday party at Perkins Park in Burlington, several trips to Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, ‘roughing it’ in the pop-up camper in the grandparents’ backyard, playing with Bebo, Samuel and Clara Jo’s Husky dog, who currently lives on the farm, picking and sharing the abundance of pears from the very old pear tree in the orchard, and mowing the yard in October.

Cheryl attended “Journey with Jesus” in Burlington. The theme this year was “Jesus is the Lamb of God.” In late October, Cheryl and her friend Susan again traveled to Branson for a few days. While there, they attended a service at Skyline Baptist Church, enjoyed a meal as they listened to the group Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel, and experienced the 360 degree view from Inspiration Tower. On a clear day, visitors can see Springfield and points in Arkansas. There is a zip line from the tower, but it was too windy for anyone to be using it.

Several adults and children from Bonaparte Baptist Church participated in Ministry Sunday in early November. The fruit of the Spirit, listed in Galatians chapter five — love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance — were featured. Miki Caston led the children in singing a catchy song about the fruit of the Spirit. Cheryl was so blessed to greet her lifelong friend, Glenna Huff, at the assisted living in Keosauqua.

The Hillsboro Craft Show was a destination for Grandma Cheryl and Samuel and Clara Jo. Cheryl had some pears to donate to the cause, and the children had a grand time playing in the fire house, Samuel with the little wooden vehicles purchased from Linda Carter, which her late father had made, and Clara Jo with the beautiful princess doll dress made and sold by Marlene Stevens Carter.

Cheryl was as happy giving a donation to the Hillsboro Baptist Church candy table as she is watching the sweets, although the candy looked tempting. Samuel really liked the loose meat sandwich he had and Clara Jo loved the cottage cheese. The children topped their meals with doughnuts.

Richard and Cheryl were blessed at Thanksgiving time with “takeout” turkey and all the trimmings dinners from her nephew Dan and his wife Kira who live in Ottumwa. Even though health issues prevented them from joining the rest of the family for the celebration, Cheryl still enjoyed wearing her Pilgrim outfit that day.

Cheryl and Clara Jo had so much fun as they baked and decorated Clara’s fourth birthday cake. Clara picked out a “doll” cake from the Wilton Cake book Cheryl’s mom, Hazel Van Winkle, had given to her many years ago. Clara and Cheryl went to Farm King in Burlington to purchase the top part of the doll, and then baked and frosted the “skirt” at home. Purple and Pink are some of Clara’s favorite colors, so they decorated the skirt making little flowers and roses from the frosting in those colors. Family was invited to Clara Jo’s house to celebrate her birthday.

Cheryl and her son Mark and his wife Courtney and Samuel and Clara Jo traveled to Mt. Pleasant for the Heise Christmas dinner at the Fellowship Cup. Others in attendance were Cheryl’s cousins and their families, all descendants of the late Ed and Nora Heise, formerly of Bonaparte and Farmington areas.

That evening, Mark’s family came to the Christmas Program at Bonaparte Baptist Church. Since Samuel had practiced some of the songs, when he had visited Grandma on previous weekends, he was invited to be a shepherd in the program. All the children and young people of the church really honored the Lord as they presented the program, “Tell me the story of Jesus, It’s his story.”

On Christmas Eve, Mark read the Christmas story from Luke 2 as he sat on the stage at Parkside Baptist in a rocking chair that had belonged to his great-grandparents Heise. His nieces and nephews from Kansas City, Mo. and Rochester, N.Y., and daughter Clara Jo sat around him.

On the last day of snow on the ground, Samuel took Cheryl to Perkins Park to show her how he could sled down the same hills his dad and John had slid on 30 years ago. Samuel giggled and laughed with every trip down the hill, and as he climbed back up. Before they left the park, Mark came and made one trip down with Samuel.

On one of the warmer Sundays in January, Richard attended church at Parkside Baptist and had lunch with Mark and his family afterward. When the grandchildren saw their grandfather, they ran to greet him and give him a hug.

Cheryl and her friend Carolyn witnessed the beautiful moon eclipse on Jan. 31. The sky was clear, and they could watch the entire eclipse, but when it was over, the sun was coming up, and the moon totally disappeared.

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