Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Live Streaming

Good Morning Everyone,

I have to say, I'm not really sure how I feel about this... This being a "live stream" of dad's funeral.  It's a little weird to me... However, we have a very LARGE family...  (At the "family" service last night we only had 200+ people!)  ... and Dad was loved by many other than family, and I mean many!

So the church, Zion Lutheran, where the funeral will be held today, 10:00am Central Time, is going to do a live stream of the service.  The link can be found here:

Like I said, I'm not sure how I feel about this... I mean, who wants to watch a funeral???  But please, if you are interested in hearing the message, that even though we are sad that Dad is no longer with us on earth, we have this hope and we have this assurance that my father is in heaven with our Savior.  If nothing else, we Schlomer's can sing!  I tell you at the family service last night the singing in church was amazing! So if you need a little pick-me-up, tune in just to listen to a church full of Schlomer's singing hymns.  Truly AMAZING!  I would actually repeat last night just to hear the singing all over again! ;)

God Bless You All!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Graduation 2018 - Theodore

My Teddy Bear.  The day had finally come.  You have graduated.  You will leave behind a legacy of leadership and "Teddy is just a really good kid."  We are proud of all your accomplishments through out high school, but what I am most proud of is the godly, caring young man you grew in to.  High school brought that out in you.  I cannot wait to see in what direction God takes you.  Army first, then the sky's the limit!  Congratulations buddy!

The processional.  I videoed this for mom... Teddy is the last one in line thanks to the "Z". ;)  So fast forward it if you don't want to watch all 49 graduates.

The Commencement speaker loves superlatives, so he did one for each of the kids to start his speech. This first one is just funny and Teddy was not number one in "Best All-Around White Boy"... but he did make the list of competitors.... lol ;)

I'm just going to throw this out there... this is one of the reasons we send our kids to Dalat.  NO ONE was offended by this! 

And of course Teddy won this... :D

Teddy receiving his diploma.

The graduates always do "something", as a tradition as they walk out of the ceremony.  Let me just say, white boys can't jump, and white boy Teddy CAN"T dance! lol!!

Pics of the newly graduated Teddy.

Future wife.  There's already a dowery and signed papers. ;)  If you listen closely to the sound of the video of Teddy getting his diploma, you will hear her cheering on her "hubby". :D

Future sister-in-law. ;)

Me and my Teddy Bear.

Teddy had a lot of "moms" this last year.

I am so thankful for these three ladies.  All have taken great care of the kids when I could not be there!

Pictures of life time friends.

Marz met up with her roommate from last year.

I just had too.... LOL!!  Gavin, ALL the ladies are going to drool over you!

And then all the week's graduation events were done... We are now on our way home.  Yesterday, Saturday, we left Penang and flew to Bali.  Today (Sunday) we hop on a couple planes and get to LA.

Moving Teddy home... LOL!  Only three of those are probably his... well, and his guitar... ;)

This picture says it all.  Exhausted.  This is how we all are feeling from this last months events.  Last night I slept 10 hours!

But, as we know, life does go on... Teddy, you do have a bright future! Go with God always!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Senior Tea - Theodore

If this isn't one of my favorite Dalat events, I don't know what is...

The Senior Tea is a night to celebrate every one of the seniors and their God-given talents.  This night isn't just about giving out an award for the best academics or about the best athletes, but it's about one student being honored by one of their favorite, most respected teacher at Dalat.  It's about a teacher having one last moment, before graduation, to encourage and influence a student before they go out in this big complicated world.

Tonight Teddy was honored Mr. Maurin, who is a math teacher at Dalat.  Mr. Maurin was very kind and generous with his compliments of Theo.  Have a listen... it's less than two minutes. ;)

Pics from the night... I was a very naughty mommy and really didn't take any... Sorry Teddy. :(  I will do better on graduation night, I promise! ;)

Below, the only pic I got with Teddy and "important" people other than his mom and dad...

I need to mention the Rogers.  Mr and Mrs Rogers were very important this year in the lives of our three boarding school kids.  After the October break, the original dorm parents left Dalat. Mr and Mrs Rogers stepped up and took the job, as temp dorm parents, along with their full time teaching jobs.  They were a godsend to our kids!  It was exhausting work for them, but they graciously did the job and I never saw or heard them complain.  Truly givers!  Our children, along with myself, are very thankful for the Rogers' time as dorm parents.

Two days and counting until graduation day...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Baccalaureate - Theodore

Graduation week has officially started!  The first event is the Baccalaureate service.

This year was extra special because Teddy was picked to be the student speaker at the event!  Everyone was excited to hear words of wisdom from "Uncle" Teddy.

Because of my father's passing, my mom was not able to attend like she was hoping and planning on doing.  So being the good daughter that I am, I recorded the whole speech for her. :)  Enjoy!

Yes, I am proud of the man Teddy is becoming.  Let me tell you, it was A LOT of work!! He was the kid I would have left on the side of the road, when he was younger. No Kidding!! Boy was he tough!  But many prayers and many hours of discipline and lots and lots of love, paid off.  Teddy is a very respected student and friend at school.  He is a decent human being!  That's what makes me proud. :)

After the service, I got to snap some pics of Ted and his friends.  These are for the memories...

Other's in his life...  Dorm parents.  Beautiful people!  They only had Teddy for the last quarter of school, but they have made a huge impact on his life.

Mr. Brewster, the Principal.  Gabby you little stinker-photo-bomber-girl! :D

Grandma Dorothy is here for the week!

The Tembagapura kids... at least they let me get one good pic!  These kids will have life long bonds... because you don't survive Tembagapura and boarding school without becoming family.

And our family... All six together again!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

My Dad - Funeral Arrangements

Mom put this information on Facebook and I thought I would pass on the information here as not everyone is on FB...

The Family Prayer Service for Marv will be Tuesday, June 5th at 6:00 PM 
Zion Lutheran Church
620 9th Street West 
Mobridge, SD 57601
(At the corner of 9th St West and 5th Ave West)
A meal will be served after the service in the gym.

Marv's funeral service will be Wednesday, June 6th at 10:00 AM at Zion also. 
Burial and lunch to follow.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Mobridge/Glenham area hotel information:
Wrangler Inn (Mobridge) 605-845-3641 or 888-884-3641
Selby Motel 605-649-7979
Hilltop Motel & Campgrounds (Selby) 605-649-7622
MoRest (Mobridge) 605-845-3668
Mobridge Kountry Inn (Mobridge) 605-845-7215

Friday, May 18, 2018

My Dad - Is With Jesus

No one really knows what their life is going to be like.  If you would have told me two months ago that I would be writing this blog, I would have told you you were nuts.  But this is life...

Dad went to be with his Heavenly Father May 17th, 11:08pm (central time).  He was only 66.

We are sad.  We are heartbroken.  Our kids were suppose to be spending the summer with Grandpa fishing and working and getting yelled at. ;)

But God doesn't make us any promises on how many days we have on this earth. He only promises He will be with us.  God was with my dad.  My dad may have not been perfect, but he was a great father, to many more than just the five of us... most importantly though, he loved his Lord and Savior.  This is why we all may be sad on this earth, but we know that dad is with Jesus and is singing with the angles.  Who wouldn't want that?

Dad was a blessed man.  We will miss him, but we have so many stories to tell...  He made sure of that!

Missing a few from our last family photo... :) Thirty-Two in total as of today.  Three have been born since this photo.

Dad wrote this song a few years ago.  He believed every word of it!

Thank you for all your prayers and your encouraging messages these last couple weeks.  Dad was a loved man on this earth!

And even though...