Hawaiian Honeymoon

October 28th, 2017 Marcus Giltner and I got married. This past winter we went on our honeymoon. We went to the Big Island of Hawaii and it was amazing. We had been wanting to go to Hawaii for awhile and we were so excited to finally go.

Options were endless when it came to doing things and the weather was perfect. Snorkeling almost every day was a must. The fish were beautiful, and the turtles were so cool to see. Both of us love nature so we went hiking a couple of times and got to see a black sand beach, a green sand beach, beautiful flowers, wild hogs, dormant volcanos and great views. One day we took a helicopter ride. The waterfalls that we saw were unbelievable and we got to see a rainbow that made a complete circle.

We also relaxed while we were in Hawaii by going golfing, getting a couple’s massage, lying next to the pool in the sun, and in the early morning getting a coffee (the Big Island is known for coffee and trust me, it was so good). We would sit on our balcony enjoying a…


Growing up I loved to be outdoors. I was very involved in sports and was pretty “tomboyish”. When we found out we were having a girl, I thought, “Oh I hope she isn’t going to be a dancer!” (No, there isn’t anything wrong with that, but I had NO clue about dance!). She has grown into the most soft-hearted, kind, outdoorsy little girl. She just goes with the flow and sometimes gets her heart hurt from feeling so deeply about things, but I wouldn’t trade her for the world! She likes to play basketball too!!

When we found out we were expecting another girl, I thought “Oh man, that’s 3 of me in one house, my poor husband!”. She has all the spunk and sass that her sister doesn’t have and then some! She’s sassy, yet shy, and is so kind to others as well.

They are so much alike yet are so different at the same time! I can only hope as they grow up they remain close and if one needs a shoulder to cry on they are there for each other and should someone cross their paths wrong, they have each othe…

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Give Thanks!

Spring time… It is a time when the grass turns green and the flowers begin to bloom. All the grays and browns turn to green and many other beautiful colors. For me spring brings field work and many hours in the tractor. Sitting in the tractor gives me a lot of time to think. It is amazing how many thoughts go through my mind when I have time to reflect. This spring as I was planting I had an overwhelming feeling of appreciation for everyone who helps make it possible for me to spend countless hours jumping from the planter tractor to the sprayer and back again. It is hard to even begin trying to thank the people who make “spring” happen in an agricultural community, but I am going to give it a try.

·First and foremost, my amazing wife Holly and every farm wife out there. Holly is always making sure that I have supper and keeping clean clothes for me to wear to the field. She gets the kids up and to bed and everything in between. She is my Wonder Woman.
·My younger children- they sometim…

Exciting new title... Grandma!

The anticipation for the arrival of our first grandbaby was worth the wait.Our son Miles and his wife Emilee announced they were expecting last summer. I was so excited for them and the next step or adventure in their lives and mine.They opted not to find out boy or girl and let it be a surprise.I thought that was great, we never knew before our kids were born.It made it difficult for those friends and family who love to shop and had to stay gender neutral.That wasn’t a problem for me.I’m not much of a shopper and there would be plenty of time after. I told the kids, I don’t need to be at the hospital. This is your time. Just call me when the baby is here.Didn’t want to be the annoying mother in-law. As the time grew closer it was agreed it might be nice if Emilee’s mother, Shelley, and I were at least close by if Emilee needed her.I was sure Miles wouldn’t need me! 😊We agreed we would go up to the hospital together just to be close. Well, we are mothers, is all I can say… and with c…

Hometown Heroes

If you were deciding who is a hometown hero in your town, who would it be? It’s a great thing to recognize people for caring about others. I’m thinking that there are a lot of heroes, even in small town Keota. The problem is, the heroes just don’t want the notoriety.

I have seen farmers in the Keota, Harper, West Chester, Wellman, Richland, Sigourney and Washington help their neighbors when they need it most. The farming community is an amazing group of people.During the storm of 1998, farmers brought trucks and tractors into the town of Keota, helping to clear the trees and debris left by the storm. It was a massive job and the farm community voluntarily pitched in to help. There are other times that farmers plant and harvest crops for a sick neighbor. They look forward to helping every time they can.

The United Church of Faith has a food pantry providing much needed assistance to local individuals and families. This is an ongoing effort to give help to folks of all denominations, want…

LSB - It Feels Like Family

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