Friday, June 23, 2017

Freda's Early memories, "Horses"



This is another chapter in Freda's life story.  She recorded these stories long before she passed away in February this year.  It is heart-wrenching for me to listen to Sister Freda's voice on these recordings.  But I feel that her story is too precious to not share!  In some ways, it is healing for me to hear her voice again, but still ...  
As her story continues, I'll be sharing more about horses in her life.  I hope you enjoy these posts and will continue to come back for more. Thanks.

The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, June 16, 2017

Freda Next Chapter, "Literaries"


In her book, "Little Town on the Prairie", Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about the "Literaries" that her family attended.  The fact that Freda was a cousin to Almanzo, may not have been a factor in this recollection of Freda; but this is another case where Freda's life was so similar to that of Laura.  It's nice to think that they had such things in common; even though they were a generation apart!
What people did for entertainment or social activities in those days is part of our rich American history.  I wonder if, after another hundred years, people will look back at the manner in which people act socially today and have a similar nostalgic feeling about texting and Facebook!
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, June 9, 2017

Freda Chapter, "The Early Years"


This was taken from the recording I did of Freda, as she related the story of her life.


I hope you enjoy reading these stories from Freda.  It was a joy to have known her, and participated in the later chapters of her life. 
If you continue to follow these posts, you'll find the curious parallels that follow her story and those of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  She had no idea, most of her life, that she was actually a cousin to Laura's husband, Almanzo! 
I hope you'll be blessed, in what I share.
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, June 2, 2017

Freda, as a toddler - over 90 yrs. ago!

As I continued to listen to the precious recordings of Freda relating her life story, I'm sharing this with everyone today.

I thank the Lord for the privilege to have known Sister Freda!  I hope these stories of her life are enjoyable to you.  As time goes by, I'll be sharing more of them.  
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, May 19, 2017


My loss of Freda has been devastating, and I'm just coming around to be able to cope with her everyday absence.  I took her into my home, some 6 or 7 years ago, to help care for her.  I knew a time would come, when she would pass into the arms of Jesus.  But, I still wasn't completely prepared for that to happen.  We were close friends for some 20 years!  
I hope you enjoy what I post from these "Freda Tapes".  I'll try to do it often. Thanks.
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, April 14, 2017

From Freda's notebook: "How to have a good day!"


I felt this would be a good post to put on here today,"Good Friday".  Freda did her best to work with each day to make it better, by trusting the Lord to see her through it.  I pray that you will do the same and make each day "Good". 
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Quote From Freda's Notes


As I searched through Sister Freda's notebooks, I came across this word of encouragement left behind.  I hope you are as blessed as I am in reading this!
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Freda's Trip Back"


Now that Sister Freda has made her ultimate trip, to meet the Lord face to face, we have only those memories she wrote in her notebooks.  If you enjoy reading these, please let me know, so I can find more to post. Thanks.  
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, March 17, 2017

Remembrances of Freda "A Cross to Bear"


As Freda's health worsened, her cross became extremely heavy, but she kept right on carrying it!  Her faith saw her through to the end.  She believed that her cross was no where near as heavy as the one Jesus bore on her behalf.  She died in peace, having laid her cross down at the feet of Jesus.  May she be an example for all of us, of a life lived in faith to God.  When your cross seems too much to bear, think of her message here, and go on in victory!
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, March 3, 2017

Freda's Prayer Time


I hope this gives you a glimpse into how Freda saw her communion with the Lord.  She was my "In House" prayer warrior!  Oh, how I miss her! But, now I know that she is with the Lord, and she has been rewarded for all her prayers.  
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls