Sand Creek Chatter – 8-7-2013

Greetings from the Hansons

Below is some news from the Hansons (Jess, Jim, Nate, Josh, Camila, Angie and Roci):

Some of you have heard rumors. Well, they are true, Jim and I and family will be moving to Guatemala for a year abroad.

 After much prayer and preparation (and we are NOT ready yet), we are stepping out in faith or better yet, taking that Leap of Faith.

Jim has accepted a position as the Maintenance/Groundskeeper for Christians in Action in Villa Nueva, a suburb of Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Christians in Action has a 3 acre compound that houses a church and other outreach ministries, and will soon be the home to Destiny of Hope orphanage.

Our family has lined up a fully furnished home, just 5 blocks from the children’s school. We will be able to walk to school. I am looking forward to warm weather and being able to walk my kids to school.

School officially begins in Guatemala on August 14th, however, we will obviously not be there when it starts.

Our adventure will begin when we will fly out of Chicago on Saturday, August 31st.

Our hope is to spend a school year in Guatemala, coming home in early June, and see what God shows us while we are gone.

We appreciate your love, prayers and support.

Tom and Caryl Schoen left on Thursday night of July 24 to travel to Eagle, WI to stay with their granddaughter, Becca and Russ Wolff, Gracie and Maggie overnight to Friday, July 25th and then traveling on Friday evening to their daughter, Tammi Benson and son, Cory in Big Bend, WI. Then on Saturday, they drove down to Carol’s sister, Dee in Algonquin and another, sister Sue and husband, Steve also living in Algonquin. Next on Sunday, they went to Bloomington, IL to attend a great nephew’s baptism and stayed Sunday evening with Caryl’s sister, Sue and Steve. On Monday, they went to a school friend’s home for noon lunch. On Monday evening, they headed home to Sand Creek having enjoyed a special long weekend.

Carol Anderson hosted a “get-acquainted” party for Katarina Halahijova at Riverside Park in Sand Creek at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 1st. Katarina was a teacher of English in the school of Slovakia where Carol was also an English teacher for several years. It was a beautiful summer evening. where everyone present enjoyed the opportunity to meet Katarina. Guests present were Kirk and Emily Nielsen and children, Kirk’s mother visiting here from Nevada as well as her granddaughter, also Harlan and Lana Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Glenn and Margie Anderson, Ingrid Rothenbuehler, Anita Jenson, Sharon Nelson, Elaine Toycen and Swanee Rasmussen.

Katarina had an added privilege to visit more friends at the Saturday morning weekly breakfast at the Sand Creek Café on August 3rd before leaving the U.S. A. On Friday she had a good travel trip to Duluth.

Barbara Miller was joined this past weekend of August 3rd by her daughter, Chris, from Malibu, CA to accomplish tasks at the Johnson residence.

George and Delores Vlcek attended the Car Show at Chippewa Falls on August 4th where they saw other Sand Creek folk, too.

Sandy Anderson showed her crafts and leather goods at Spooner this past weekend.

Herb and Doris Tallman were involved this past weekend with the Tallman Reunion at Holcombe including church in Holcombe.

Joanie Lindau and a friend, Courtney, had fun “floating” the Red Cedar River with her son, Kyle and wife, Britney. Dan Dietsche was home and had a great time kayaking with the Paul Dietsche family. They all met at the Sand Creek Café for Saturday morning breakfast on August 3rd.

Gaylon and Hannah Greenhill provided cousin Swanhild with a garden tour of their Gronhaug place on Saturday, August 3rd and had a tasty meal at the Dairy Queen.

Elaine Sundby, Nancy Johnson and Judy Horn went to Augusta, WI last Tuesday, July 30. They shopped at the Bent and Dent, the Wood Shed and stopped at an Amish farm where they bought some garden produce and also had lunch at Tugger’s and stopped at Weaver’s.

Cara Clark and her little daughter, Cadence of Carrollton, Texas have been home visiting Cara’s parents, Butch and Sue Mares as well as other relatives this past week.

The children of Tom and Sue Gustum took part in a “fiddle contest” in Minnesota this past Saturday, August 3rd. The girls each played solos, while Sam Gustum accompanied on the guitar. There were various divisions at the contest. Tessa Gustum placed 4th in the Overall Championship and Abigail Gustum placed second in the Junior Division. They certainly did well.