There are some of you out there who might think I am pretty arrogant. After all, I certainly write about myself a lot.
While I admit I do use the first person fairly often (four times already in just two paragraphs), the truth is the use of I, me, or my in this space is often used in context to talk about one of my very favorite topics – family.
Whether it is about one of the Krause progeny, my better half or some member of the extended Krause clan, the stories told reflect the value I place on this human bond, which I believe can, and ought to, always be the strongest which exists.
From my perspective, there are few stories I can tell that better reflect what should be most important in our lives, and often it is when tragedy arises that we find our lighthouse in family.
If you have not yet read the story on Page 3 of today’s Gazette, I want to urge you to do so – even if it means setting aside your reading of this section of the paper.
There you are going to find a story which I believe truly defines what family is all about.
I did not know Stephanie Roller when I was in school. She was in my brother’s grade, but I certainly knew the family.
My dad and Ernie used to work together at Control Data.
Aaron was just a year older than I was in high school, and so I knew him.
Yet, it has been in the past 21 months where I have really learned about this family and find an example of how family can come together.
I very much admire the way Aaron and his family took in Stephanie’s three children after an event I could never imagine took place in their lives.
Now it seems those three kids have been taken in by Aaron and sister Cari. These children are being adopted by their aunts and uncles who are bringing them into their folds and are going to raise them as their own.
That is remarkable.
Although not unheard of, I know there are plenty of others who would just as soon let the system take care of kids like this, but not the Rollers.
This family continues to demonstrate they are good people who truly know what it means to be part of a family.
Thanks for providing that kind of example for the rest of us.
Know my family is going to be thinking about and praying for you as you transition to a whole new world. Adding children like this can be a challenge for any family, but from what I have read and heard about this family things are going to be just fine.
Page 2 of 2 - Remember this family as they not only help them survive but thrive and become the next generation of a great family.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to stop out at the Birch Coulee Battlefield to take a few photos for a story I was writing. Although I had been out to the site just a couple of years ago, I had forgotten just how impressive the site looks with its paths and interpretive amenities.
If you have not visited the site for a while, I encourage you to stop by, especially as we continue to talk about the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War. This site has tremendous significance to the history of our state, and it surprises me just how many people in the state and even this area have never heard the story of the conflict.
This is a time in our history we must talk about to ensure what led up to the event and what followed never happens again.
As they say those who do not know their own history are doomed to repeat it.
Take your family to visit this and the other sites in the region. Learn the history and ensure the next generation knows it, too.