November 2020 -- Family Notes from illustrator, Robert (Bob) Wayne Bode

My mother was one of fourteen and my father was one of eleven.  

It made for a lot of cousins!

My mother grew up on a farm in northwest Washington state with 40 acres which they cleared and used to raise cows and chickens. The boys were kept busy with the farm work, while the girls were inside cooking and canning. There were two times when the family was sure to be all in one place: in church and at the family dinner table. On Sundays, the whole family rode to town in one car. The older boys stood on the running boards and hung on for dear life! At the family dinner table, when the 14th child was born, there simply wasn’t any more room at the table. Eventually, the older ones began leaving home and got married.


Below is Bob’s mother’s family of 14 kids.  His mother is in the front row, second from the right.

October 2020 --  Book Signings

Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop, Valatie  -  10/17/20

Impressions of Saratoga  -  10/2/20

September 2020

In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, bridge to our future. ~~ Alex Haley

A family doesn't have to be perfect; it just needs to be united. 

~~Betsy Farrell

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city."  -- George Burns

When all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family, and friends. ~~ Barbara Bush

The world, we'd discovered, doesn't love you like your family loves you. -- Louis Zamperini

August  2020

Family is not an important thing. It's everything.

                             ~~ Michael J. Fox


        Front row:  Walter, Dorothy,Paul, Harry

                     The 13 Volk Children

Mama and Ta Volk

© 2020 by Catherine Zampier