The Crow's Nest - Deceber 28, 2020

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas despite all the obstacles.  This Christmas season has been like no other.  It seemed so strange and very sad to not enjoy the festivities we usually experience at this time of the year.  This is the 2nd year in a row we had no community Christmas Party.  Last year it was because of the weather----well, we all know the cause of it this year!  Many gatherings just did not take place.  Church services for us at Trinity Lutheran have been on UTUBE and/or FACEBOOK.  It is not exactly the way we want to worship, but it is working out well.  We have the option to go to the sanctuary on Sunday mornings for services.  We all know it will be better next year.

I must say even with all the social distancing and recommended no gathering, we had a great time in our household.  It was just the two of us.  A Christmas Eve zoom party took place in the afternoon with all our children, grand-children, and significant others.  We had so much fun with the family bantering back and forth.  Christmas Day our kids kept our phones going with texts all day long (I am thinking they did not want us to feel lonely).  We enjoyed being alone and reflecting on the past year.  It was a bittersweet time as Chuck had just lost his brother Marvin on the 23rd.  His sister, Marlene had passed away only 6 weeks earlier.

We have experienced a quite mild winter so far.  There has been a couple of days with wind chill temperatures in the minus column, but I think that should be expected considering we live close to the Canadian border in North Dakota.  It was nice to have at least a little bit of snow for Christmas Eve.

I must tell you a story on our 28-year-old grandson, Houston.  Houston and his wife Kinsey live in Madison, WI.  Houston grew up in the Kansas City area and Kinsey grew up in Virginia.  Both are very active in church ministry—but not in the Lutheran Church.  Anyway, when they first arrived in Madison, Houston called me to tell me he had never seen so many Lutheran churches.  He said there is one on every corner!  I chuckled at that, as in Kansas, Lutheran churches are not all that prevalent.  The other day he texted me saying “Grandma, have you ever heard of egg coffee?”  It came up in a discussion group he is in.  He said it was referred to as Lutheran coffee.  I said of course I have heard of it, that is what the ladies served at church functions.  Mixing the egg with the coffee grounds helped keep the coffee from getting old.  I told him how it was boiled in big white pots on the stove and how the eggs helped most of the grounds sink to the bottom of the coffee pot.  He was delighted to listen to me carry on about traditions I grew up with.  After getting his master’s in psychology, Houston has decided to go to seminary for becoming a youth pastor.

Grace Free church and Victory Free church have a new pastor.  Pastor Mark Antal retired early this past fall, so they were excited when a new pastor answered the call.  Pastor Kevin Borg was installed as the new pastor last November.  Pastor Borg has North Dakota roots as he grew up in Valley City.  We welcome Pastor Borg and his wife Tina to the community.

This has not been the best of times, but we know things can only get better.  For us, they already have!  The “Icing on the Cake” came in the form of a beautiful first great-grandchild for us.  Our sweet little Ingrid Rose came 3 weeks early on December 21.  She belongs to our grandson Lane and his wife Hope.  We are thrilled.  Talk with you later.  Have a wonderful New Year!
































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This is a fast and easy soup to put together at a moment's notice.

4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cans chicken broth

2 (15 oz) cans navy or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14.5) can diced tomatoes

1/2 tsp dried thyme - 1/2 tsp ground cumin

Fry bacon over medium heat in a large pot until crisp. Add onions and cook until they are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove any excess pan drippings.

Stir in broth, beans, tomatoes, thyme and cumin. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to meduim-low and simmer 5-10 minutes to blend flavors. With a potato masher, mash bes about 15 times to slightly thicken the soup. 4 (1 3/4 cups serving)





Just had to post a picture of our first great-grand-child. Her name is Ingrid Rose. She makes our hearts sing.