Friday, July 21, 2017

Freda's "Little Shack on the Mountain at bedtime"


By the time Freda was living in my house, she knew that she was covered by the light of the Lord, but I always left a nightlight on for her any way!  Now, I pray she is resting in peace.
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls






Friday, July 14, 2017

Freda's Little Shack on the Mountain "Our Table"


This is the next installment of the story of Freda's life, as I recorded her.  While Freda is no longer with us, her story lives on!  I hope you enjoy reading it. Thanks!
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, July 7, 2017

Freda's "Little Shack in the Mountains"


Even though Freda was a cousin to Almanzo Wilder, (who became the husband of Laura Ingalls) they were at least a generation apart. Things had not changed that much, and her experiences in life had not been much different.  The biggest difference between Freda's and Almanzo's, was that his family lived in a fertile area, where food was more easily grown.  As his family moved west, to Minnesota, the family members separated, with Freda's branch going south into Texas. So Freda didn't know anything about Almanzo, until she moved to Mansfield, Missouri and read Laura's books!  
I hope you enjoy reading about Freda's life story, as she related her memories to me before her passing this year.  
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Friday, June 30, 2017

Freda, The Early Years, "Depression Meals"


This story is taken from my "Freda Recordings", as she told me the story of her life.  
I hope you enjoy these stories. She lived through quite a bit and, I believe, came through it a shining example of a "Proverbs 31 Woman"!
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

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

Friday, February 24, 2017

Memories of Freda


As the Lord permits, I will share more posts from Freda's notebooks.  Thanks for reading!
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Freda's Birthday


Her absence is felt acutely on this day! Now, she is celebrating with Jesus, awaiting a grand reunion!  May the Lord comfort us with precious memories of the time she spent with us on the earth!  Happy birthday to our Sister Freda!
 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Freda "A Ship is Sailing"


To all those who have been followers of Freda's posts on my blog site:
For the last few days, Freda has been off shore of Heaven, searching for a place to put in. 
This morning, she found her way safely into the harbor and her ship docked.
Now, she will be gazing out to sea, awaiting arrival of the rest of us.
If you don't know Jesus, as your personal Savior, now is the time to make that move, onto that ship!  You might not get another chance to do it!  Without being on that ship, you will not be allowed into the same port as Freda. 
For those of us, who know Jesus, in that special way; we have the promise of being Sister Freda once again.  May God bless you and keep you, till that time comes.
Be sure to continue to follow the posts on my blog site, as some of them will be stories that Sister Freda told to me about her life. 
I am ready to accept your comments and condolences on her behalf.  Thank you!
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls  (AKA,  Brother Jim, as Freda called me)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Freda's Thoughts, "My cousin, the Queen"


Needless to say, Freda's family was not quite proud of this relative!  Freda didn't wish to disclose these facts for quite some time. But now, she isn't embarrassed anymore. As the old saying goes, "You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your relatives!"
Freda understands that it would be nothing but pride to keep this away from her friends and blog post followers. 
As Freda approaches the final days of her life, she felt it was alright to let a list of some of her ancestors be published here.  As she sees it; none of them made her who is today, but they contributed to the rich history of her family.
The following, came from a friend, who researched her ancestry.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Freda and being a friend a close friend for about 20 years now.  As she is called to be with Jesus, I will certainly miss her sweet smile, her wisdom, and her pleasant personality.  But I know that we will continue our friendship, when we meet someday in heaven.  If she remains till her birthday, (Feb. 11th) she would be 95 yrs. old.
Please keep us both in your prayers, as she nears her departure date (known only to God).
 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Freda's Thoughts "Memories of Love"


 I hope you have enjoyed reading all of  "Freda's Thought" over the years.  Any that I am able to post, from her notes and journals, I will share with you.  But, right now, she has reached a point in her life, when she is no longer able to produce any new posts.  She is on hospice care in my home.  We are making her as comfortable as possible. 
I hope you will make comments on her posts now and in the future.  Please send her your prayers and thoughts.
Thank you!
The Old Man in the Bib Overalls 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Freda's Thoughts "A New Day!"

Sister Freda is taking things one day at a time.  Her hospice care is helping her to make her journey a bit easier.  But she realizes that her goal is to be by Jesus' side - now in spirit, but one day, face to face.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  And, if you would, please leave your comments to encourage her. Thanks. The Old Man in the Bib Overalls