Month: May 2014

  • A Tribute to Martha written by my sister Pam Chupp

    Note:  My sister had this post on Facebook today.  I thought it was excellent so I asked her if I could share it.  It says a lot of what I would’ve said.  Just wish I had thought of it first. :-)   Martha has been one of those friends of whom I feel I owe so much.  I have wondered if I would be where I am today if it hadn’t been for her.  She literally walked me through those turbulent teen years when troubles seemed to overwhelm me.  ~Kim

                                                     A Tribute to Martha

    Peter and Martha

    (Peter and Martha—I snitched this photo from her facebook page.  :) )

    Yesterday was Mother’s Day. Seems like most of you moms out there had a good day. So did I, thanks to my neat family.

    Too bad there isn’t a Big Sister’s Day.

    My sister and I have a friend named Martha Schwartz. Martha never got to hold and cherish a child of her own. She wanted to. Oh, how she wanted to. I once sat in her Sunday School class when she shared how she had struggled to accept childlessness; how it had been hard to enjoy holding other people’s babies when she herself wanted one so badly.

    I believe God gave her the grace to finally cheerfully accept His plan for her life, even if that didn’t include children. ….Only, it did. It certainly did include children!

    My sister and I were two children who looked up to Martha. She always had a way of making us feel like we were important to her. She always took the time to listen to our “stuff” whenever we’d see her. She radiated the love and the joy of Jesus.

    Once, when Kim and I were in our teens, Martha and her husband called and asked if they could come for supper. (SURE!) Martha had gotten a letter from Kim. Kim had been sharing some hard personal feelings she was dealing with. Those two dear people got into their car and drove an hour or so to our house, just so Martha could help walk Kim through her struggle in a redemptive manner.

    Through the years, I’ve always trusted Martha’s heart, because it’s obvious that she plans to live her life for God as much as possible. You can trust people who truly love God!

    Martha, we love you! Happy Big Sister’s Day! -Pam

  • What Is the Nicest Thing Anyone Has Ever Done For You? ~a question~

    Yesterday this question came to me again, (Yes, it resurfaces occasionally.  :-) ) so I spent my time trying to think of the answer to that.    I found it hard to answer as I really couldn’t pinpoint any one outstanding thing.

    Oh yes, people have done a lot of nice things for me in my lifetime of 50+ years.  I remember with fondness the all-day sucker that Nancy (Wray) Brunk gave me for my 6th birthday.   When an older girl on our school bus comforted me after I’d endured yet another harassment from some bully.  My brother Nat and his brother-in-law giving me the unfinished hope chest that Vernon Hertzler had started to make for my wedding gift and never finished.   The time when our girls surprised us with a money shower for our 25th wedding anniversary for a trip to Guatemala.   Ted and Rose Miller dropping everything and came up to the ER to be with us after we rolled our van.  There were many nice deeds over the years and I am hard put to know what I consider the nicest.

    But I believe of one of the nicest things that happened at my Dad’s viewing.  I was standing in the entrance of the sanctuary at Hocking Hills Mennonite Church greeting different people who had come to pay their last respects to Dad.  Suddenly I came face to face with this woman.  I knew that I knew her but tried in vain to give her a name.  Finally I cast aside my pride and asked for her identity.


    In that instant I felt that this was one of the nicest things anyone had ever done for me.

    I know I’ve written about them in an earlier post ( if you want a recap or if you haven’t read it, but over and over again, the idea that Ellen Stewart came to show her love and support to our family was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.  I find it hard to explain it but here it is.  Thanks so much Ellen, you mean so much to me.  Love you and I ask God’s blessing on you and yours. ~Kim