Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tim Stewart in Helena

From: mjrudedog@aol.com:
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1:02:23 PM

Tim Stewart visited the Rude's in Helena while making his way across Montana on his new motorcycle. We surely enjoyed spending time with Tim, and our "4 legged kids" loved having another hand to pet them. Mat made a great dinner and we sat out on the deck and enjoyed the beautiful day and great company!


Jenny's Baby: Emma

Photos of Emma, and with cousins and grandparents!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Emma Rose Malloy has arrived!

Emma Rose Malloy arrived at 1:06 AM June 27th, weighing in at 6 lbs., and 19 inches long. Her parents say she is adorable, and is a blessing to them and all the family that came visiting around her arrival time!

Jenny sent some photos, but so far your editor has been unable to transfer them to the blog. Don't know why!


Bill and Marie

Sunday, June 28, 2009


We had a grand time visiting with Dad at his house, and at a Father's Day dinner at the South 40 in Sidney. He continues to do amazingly well, despite his short-term memory problem. It was fun to spend time with him.

Our respect for the affection and attention provided by Mavis and Ron, Luke (and Abby!), Will, Marilyn and Issy, and all the others who help Dad out, continues to grow. They are doing a fantastic job of enabling him to live at home, when he would otherwise have to move to an institutional setting.


Marilyn was transported by Issy to the Emergency Room at the Williston Hospital because of a problem with her heart. She stayed several days and got a recommendation from her doctor to go to Bismarck for more tests. When we left she was feeling better and looking forward to getting out of the hospital! All of her family came to see her and filled her hospital room with good cheer and good wishes!


We are now at Moscow, ID, enjoying a visit with Sherry, Wes and Nicole, having missed our visits to Grand Teton National Park, and Maureen and Mat's in Helena, because Marie was not feeling well. She went to Rockwood Clinic in Spokane, got some advice from a physician (who we had known many years ago!), and a prescription, and is feeling much better.


Bill and Marie

Monday, June 15, 2009


We are on the 20th day of travel,and have had marvelous visits with Marie's cousin Erlene, and husband Cal, in Georgia; Sheila (Marie's only neice), her husband Chuck, daughter Lyndy, husband Michael, and grandson Matthew in Pennsylvania; Dione, Saul, and Mollie in Ohio; and Derek in Iowa, where we are now. Tomorrow we depart for North Dakota.

The photos are of Mollie, Dione, Saul, Derek, and flowers in the little Dutch town of Pella, where we are staying--quite an interesting and beautiful place with lots of unique Holland character.

Dione and Saul took us to the Antioch McGreggor University where Saul teaches, and showed us the new high tech building surrounding Saul's beautiful office. It is new and has all the latest facilities for teaching and learning. Very interesting! We also went to Mollie's school, a very up-do-date place; we met some of Mollie's teachers, saw classrooms where she learns, and thoroughly enjoyed watching Mollie, and her friend Cora, as they explored the school with us. A real treat!

They are turning their one-acre yard into a small organic farm, having planted garden spots all around the yard with a huge variety of edible goodies. We enjoyed some of the produce for dinner two nights in a row. Delicious!

Derek showed us around Pella, and treated us to a Dutch lunch. He had a doctor's appointment today for a shoulder injury that is causing him great pain, and keeping him from doing his job the way he would like to. Nonetheless, he is doing well and continues to enjoy living in Iowa. We are staying at an accommodation on a golf course, which he has enjoyed since golf is his favorite recreation!

Traveling safely,


Bill and Marie