Sunday, December 14, 2014

234. Chris and Kristi Gorman December 2014

Chris and Kristi Gorman served as Youth Pastor at WCBC.
Thanks Chris and Kristi!

233. Mike and Robin Decker December 2014

Mike and Robin Decker served as Youth Pastor at West Center Baptist Church.
Thanks Mike and Robin!

Monday, December 8, 2014

232. Dan December 2014

          This quilt is for Joel's cousin Dan.  
Dan has cancer in many parts of his body.

231. Stacia and Seth December 2014

Seth and Stacia:  Holly's sister in Canada who is expecting a baby.


Baby Update


Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:36:05 -0600


Stacia Michael <>


Hello all - 


Seth and I just heard back from the doctor with the MRI results.  Hope this information makes sense to you.


When we went down for our tests, they were unable to perform the amniocentesis because there wasn’t a viable space for the to insert the needle.  The umbilical cord was in the way.  So we will not have any information on genetic syndromes or conditions until after the baby is born.  Then they can test blood from the umbilical cord and get results back in about five days.


I was cooperative and laid very still for the MRI but baby was not.  So there was quite a bit of movement, making reading the MRI difficult.  That said, the radiologist does believe that the corpus callosum is present in our baby.  This is the band of fibers that connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain.  This is good news.  It significantly lowers the list of potential genetic syndromes and other complications.  They aren’t able to say definitively that it is present because of the difficulty in reading the study, but they do believe the corpus callosum to be present.  Other than that, all they noted was the ventriculomegaly – too much fluid on the brain.  The amount of fluid on the brain, though, has not increased in any of the tests and may have shown a slight decrease in this most recent ultrasound.  Basically, it is stable, which is more good news in our world.


So we continue to not have a diagnosis, but this most recent information is all good news that does rule out some of the more concerning potential diagnoses.  Please continue in your prayers for our little one and for us as we make plans.  We are in the process of trying to move two of our five foster children to make space in our home and our lives for baby’s arrival.  Pray that the transition won’t undo the progress they’ve been able to make over the last several months.  Pray that their mom can find stable housing.  Once that is arranged, reunification seems very possible for them. We also have to make plans for the kids that remain in our care when baby arrives, which is difficult because we just don’t know what baby’s needs are going to be.  Will we be a week or a month in the hospital in Saskatoon?  It makes planning for our other littles more of a challenge.  Pray that God can smooth these paths because they seem pretty rocky and bumpy right now.


Thanks so much for your prayers.


Love, Stacia & Seth



230. Jan M. December 2014

                   Jan is Shonda (Reed) Mobley's mother-in-law. Jan has breast cancer. They did a lumpectomy. They are looking at chemo in the new year.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

226. Steve Shephard October 2014

Shepard, Steven P. Age 45, of Chanhassen. Passed away unexpectedly on October 3, 2014. A devoted Dad, husband and friend, Steve loved his wonderful wife and children. In addition to his family, Steve held a special place in the heart of many others, particularly as a son, brother and coach within the Minnetonka Hockey Community. He was known for his kindness and commitment to the many people he cherished. He loved days on the lake in "the Lundy", attending dance recitals, and working with the Hobey Baker Award Committee. He will be deeply missed. Steve is preceded in death by his mother, Katherine Shepard. He is survived by his wife Marnee (Whitmore), his delightful children Ben and Nora, his father John Shepard, brother Scott Shepard (Chrissy), his in-laws Barb and Bill Whitmore, brother in law Mark Whitmore (Pam) and his four nieces and nephews (Sydney Shepard, Maddie, Will and John Whitmore). Memorial Service 11:00 AM Thursday Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Road 19, Excelsior, MN with visitation one hour prior to the service at CHURCH. The family invites all attendees to wear their team's hockey jerseys or swim team sweatshirts. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Steve Shepard Family Memorial Fund c/o Klein Bank, P.O. Box 399, Chanhassen, MN 55317.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

225. Caslin Family October 2014


Carli Ann Caslin was born August 1, 2000, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Guy and Melissa (Steinmetz) Caslin. Growing up in Hartford, SD, she attended West Central School and was currently a student in the 8th Grade.

Throughout her life, Carli was involved in the Hartford area dance group, swimming, and enjoyed attending United Methodist summer camp. She was a member of Hartford United Methodist Church where she was involved with Middle School Youth Group and Sunday School. Her future aspirations were to become an oceanographer and marine biologist. Blessed with a brave and charismatic spirit, Carli's memory will be forever cherished.

Grateful for having shared her life are her parents, Guy and Melissa Caslin, Hartford, SD; brother and best friend, Austin Caslin, Hartford, SD; maternal grandmother, Mary Boyd, Melvin, IA; maternal grandfather, Doug Dean (Erlynn), Clarissa, MN; paternal grandfather, Phillip Caslin (Donna Southern), Sioux Falls, SD; paternal grandmother, Gwen Burgard, Prescott Valley, AZ; special friends, Kayli Blue, Hartford, SD and Shane Spencer, Humboldt, SD; her cousins, aunts and uncles; and her four-legged little buddy, "Gizmo." She was preceded in death by an uncle, Russell Caslin; and her great-grandparents.

Friday, October 17, 2014

224. Mandi

223. John and Diane A.

Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Tues., Oct. 14, for Melissa Gayle Aslakson, 42, Winona, Minn., former Madison resident, who died on Oct. 8, 2014, at the Winona Health Hospital. The Rev. John Barcanic will officiate in West Center Baptist Church at Madison, and burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, with the family present at 7 p.m., at the Weiland Funeral Chapel in Madison.
Melissa Aus was born on Feb. 1, 1972, at Madison to John and Diane (DeBoer) Aus. She grew up in Madison and graduated from Madison High School in 1990. She attended Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls and Minnesota State Technical College in Winona. She moved to Winona in 2002. She was working as an account supervisor for HyVee Food Stores in Winona.
Survivors include two sons, Mitchell (Krisi) of El Paso, Texas, and Cole at home; one grandson; her parents, John and Diane Aus of Madison; her grandmother, Marie DeBoer of Madison; a brother, Greg (Patti) Aus of Madison; and a sister, Danelle (Scott) Rentschler of Sioux Falls.

222. Kim S

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

221. Esther T October 2014

Esther T is our friend from WCBC who had a fall and is recovering at 
Golden Living Center in Madison. 

220. Debbie P. September 2014

Debbie Peterson is the daughter of Marilyn Hansen.  She has been battling lung cancer for 4 years. 
Pray for strength  for her and  for pain relief.  Pray for her mom Marilyn who is caring for Debbie.

219. Rayna September 2014

Rayna is a 4 month old baby who has recently had brain surgery for cysts on her brain.

218. Wenzel and Elaine S. September 2014

218.   Wenzel and Elaine Steffenson


217. Chellie W

Chellie W. September 2014

216. Allison E September 2014

Allison E.  September 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

215. Karen R. August 2014

Karen R is a daughter to Joann O.  She has failing health with heart and liver concerns.

214. Leslee S. August 2014

We prayed for Leslee S who is working in Haiti as a nurse.

213. Pearl Edythe J. August 2014

We honored our dear Friend Pearl Edythe with this quilt and prayers for her.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

208, 209. Jennifer & Mason N July 2014

Jennifer and Mason are friends from WCBC.  Their husband/father Jesse recently passed away.

207. Mike and Kelsey July 2014

Mike and Kelsey are friends of Trevor and Stephanie.  Mike suffered a stroke at a young age and is currently in Rehab.

206. Marguerite G July 2014

206. Marguerite G

Marguerite is Marli's Mom who has just had surgery for cancer.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

205. Noah S. July 2014

Noah is our young friend from WCBC who was recently diagnosed with type one Diabetes.

204. Cora B

Cora is one of the Youth from WCBC. We prayed for peace for her and her family as she transitions to Madison High School this fall.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

203. Dawn T

Dawn is a friend of Velinda Schrepel who has ovarian cancer and is currently having her 3rd round of chemotherapy.

202. Julian Frietag Family

Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Fri., June 13, for Julian Philip Freitag, 23, Madison, who died on June 9, 2014, as the result of a car accident north of Madison. The Rev. Keith Bundy will officiate in Madison United Methodist Church, and burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. The family will be present on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Weiland Funeral Chapel. Freitag was born on April 6, 1991, at Sioux Falls. He grew up in Madison, where he graduated from Madison High School in 2009. He was the homecoming king and Student Body president. He was attending Dakota State University majoring in exercise science. He worked at Sunshine Foods and most recently at The Point.
Survivors include his parents, Virginia Freitag and Dale Droge of Madison; a brother, Jarrell Freitag of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Simone Droge of Madison; and his grandparents, Rose Mary Freitag of Madison, and Lyle and Wilma Droge of Pawnee City, Neb.

201. Melinda E

Melinda E is a friend of Shan Reed.
I just received a beautiful prayer quilt on the mail from your mom, I think. Please pass on my thanks to her and your home church. It was a lovely gift for my heart.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

200th Quilt! June 2014

Holly M  June 2014

Holly:  "I'm so blessed! After a challenging couple days with a defiant 2-year-old (not naming any names), I was looking forward to going to quilting tonight because we were having a party to celebrate our 200th quilt. Then my quilting ladies surprised me by giving the quilt to ME! What an honor to be blessed in that way and prayed for by my dear friends. I told them I wasn't sick, but they said that having a baby in a car (hence the racecar) was deserving of a quilt." 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mary and Jim B May 2014

Mary and Jim Brown 
May 2014


Mary and Jim are Amy's mother-in-law and father-in-law.  Mary
has recently had surgery; we prayed for healing and a successful surgery, that her family can bless her as she blesses them by being a wonderful wife, grandma, mother and mother-in-law. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Yuri May 2014

YURI   MAY 2014

Yuri is Shan 's missionary friend from Japan who is on home assignment this year. She is from Edmonton, Albert, Canada. She as two main prayer concerns: for driving to all of her supporting churches, and for her family in Canada.  We prayed for safety and confidence for her with her driving, and that she will have opportunities to share Jesus with her family.

Happy Birthday Betty!

Happy Birthday Betty!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Bette J May 2014

This quilt was made for Bette Johnson, ElizaBeth Black's mother who was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing treatment.  We prayed for strength, peace, patience and healing for Bette and her family.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Andy K May 2014


Andy is a young man who is undergoing treatment for Leukemia.  He has shared his story on Facebook to encourage others who are also battling cancer.

Kim P and family May 2014

Kim P and family May 2014

Kim Paradeis  and family
Tom, Tiana, Kiara, Kesha
Tom was deployed to Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom in December 2013 for one year active duty.