9 CYO Women at Valley Catholic See State Championship Success


With Gratitude to Kelly Alfieri for sending in the photo from Valley Catholic letting me know how 9 of her former CYO participants did in fall sports!  The 4A team took first place this month in the Championship game against Cottage Grove at Forrest Grove High School.

Congratulations are in order to the entire team including former CYO participants: Abby Rewers, Allie Merz, Haley Gentry, Gretchen Kibbe, Kayla Robbins, Kylee King, Caitlin O’Kief, Madeline Klopcic and Zoey Van Vleet!

CYO is always interested to see and hear how former participants fare in high school and college!

Motherhouse Road Trip Makes a Stop at My House!


Motherhouse Road Trip is a podcast put out by “A Nun’s Life”, a not for profit in Ohio that sheds light for young women interested in religious life on various religious communities around the country.  They made a stop at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in Beaverton to record a show which ended up being a lot of fun for the sisters and students at our Valley Catholic School as well. Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen and I were the “interviewees” and it was actually a lot of fun for us as well!  I have included a link in case you would like to listen in!

CYO Girls Experience HS State Championship at Jesuit


Members of the Jesuit High School State Championship team who participated as youth in the CYO program!  Lauren McCabe – Our Lady of the Lake, Alyssa Hughes – St. Clare, Erin Foley – Cathedral, Lizzie Stegemoller – St. Anthony, Rose Booth – St. Clare, Brooke Olson – All Saints

Special thanks to Mike Hughes, Athletic Director at Jesuit High School for sending this photo of past CYO girls to the CYO office!  We are always grateful to see and hear how our former participants are doing in high school and college!  Congratulations to the entire Jesuit High School women’s team for their recent 6A State Championship!

BINGO Night at Grace Village


SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 WINONA LAKE, INDIANA

As my week of vacation with my Aunt comes to an end, we enter a high stakes game of BINGO where there are several winners per game and the payout is a mini candy bar!  Fifteen minutes before the games begin, a talented woman plays the piano as part of the group sings along.  It is a community building activity and provides entertainment for several of the residents.

Just for the record, I won 2 candy bars! 🙂

BELOW: Barbara and Aunt Nancy are ready to play BINGO!

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BELOW: I will win the “picture frame game” with the call of “B3”

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BELOW: Nancy (not Aunt Nancy) wins 2 cards of “Blackout” with one number called!!!!

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I sat at the winners table for sure!

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Champions of Faith Stories


The Catholic Sentinel provides a perfect platform for CYO/CH to get out some great stories about what is going on with us.  The insert (attached here) will run in the upcoming copy of the Sentinel as well as be made available to all guests at the Champions of Faith event October 9th.  You can get a sneak peak by clicking on the attachment! 

Sentimental Journey


SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 WINONA LAKE, INDIANA

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Every year I make my annual vacation to Indiana to visit my Aunt Nancy (Mom’s sister) and her family.  It is always very special to me because these are really some very special people to me.  One of the things we ALWAYS do is take our sentimental journey to visit the places that were important in our family history on that side of the family.

Highlights on the trip include a visit to Sidney, Indiana where my Grandfather and Grandmother met.  Grandpa lived on the street that Grandma’s sister lived on.  She would come to visit and Grandpa must have had a keen eye!  The sad part of the story is that she died when my Mom was 4 and Aunt Nancy was 3.  We visit her gravesite every year along with other family members who are buried there in Collamer near South Whitley, IN.

Next we go to North Manchester, IN to visit Benders Funeral Home where Grandpa was an embalmer.  After his wife died he quit the business.

We have such a good time retelling the stories that my cousins are now interested in taking the tour with us.  My cousin Dan Hoeppner asked to join us this year and of course we were thrilled to have his company.  We have a place on the trip where we always take pictures in front of the Indiana Street sign.  It on the street my grandparents met.

Keeping Up With My Aunt Nancy


WINONA LAKE, IN SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
I’m on vacation this week in Indiana visiting my Aunt Nancy (Mom’s sister) and her family.  It is an annual event I look forward to in order to keep the family connection strong. 
This year, she enrolled in art classes at the retirement center.  She had been a very skilled oil painter and her work was sought after by many family members and others.  It has been a while since she painted but she got into it and it is all coming back.  She had to switch to acrylic which she finds challenging but I think she is doing very well. 
Below: My Aunt, the artist with her Art Coach, Michael. img_9404 Below: Art Show of my Aunt’s work: