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Editorial: Life, Death and Chickens

Death is part of life.  As profoundly painful as the circumstances sometimes are, death is part of life on earth.     
    I really appreciated Don Christie’s article in the Crookston Times last month on grief - dealing with loss. I have come to know death and grief intimately this year.   
    Death is real, and it is something we will all experience.    
    Elizabeth was a healthy growing, and vibrant little spirit.  Nearly 2 years old, she was bright eyed, yet had a peace about her that was soothing.      
    A few months before she died she came down with a common cold.  Ruby Catherine, my 4 year old asked me…”Is Lizzy going to die?”   
    We had had a chicken die months before.  We had a little family funeral and buried her in the flower bed in the back yard.  This was Ruby Catherine’s only experience with death.  I didn’t think much about my answer, I simply rattled off - “Oh no honey, Lizzy is not going to die - people aren’t like chickens.”    
    How wrong I was.   

Memorial- Madison Elizabeth Castle- Thank You PHS Class of 1994


Ruby Catherine in Idaho


Family Fun in Utah


Sad Isn't Bad


Happy Birthday Elizabeth! We miss you~



Madison Elizabeth Castle
I had  looked for you, waited for you. I just didn’t know this was your part A huge role you are playing baby girl Although your time on stage was short
I found you Elizabeth,  My wise Oak Tree Now, with your help, I am finding me.
You are helping me find my missing parts  and making me complete Showing me the best things of life honoring what’s most sweet
Living life with No Regrets Making the most of each day Elizabeth is printed on my heart And there you always will stay.
Reminding me to live in the moment To soak up the light when it shines To brave the darkness, allow the hurt This little little light of mine~
You’re teaching me to honor my dreams Your light within burns with hope Reminding me that Jesus redeems It is only through Him we can cope
To make the most of what we have To honor each moment we’re given You bring out the best in our family You are Peace, Love and Forgiveness
With the ones I have now, I will treasure my time  Your memories I will keep alive Knowing one day, ther…

Thanksgiving Point~ Utah, Fun with Cousins


Idaho- Grandpa and Grammy


Heart Shattered

Shock, fear, deep raw pain is in my heart today.
Sweet baby Elizabeth died in her sleep last night.

I can't believe it is real.  My baby is gone.

Heaven help me.  Please send Angels.


April in Northern Minnesota


Officially a Cub Scout


Amish Road Trip-

Heidi, Ruby Catherine, Elizabeth and Grammy Lamby  visited a number of Amish homes on our trip in  Mississippi, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky and Georgia.    It was a great experience.   Who knew there were Amish communities in all these states?