Sunshine into the Lives of Others: The Inspiring Life Story of Beth L. Tielke

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." – James Matthew Barrie

About Beth Tielke’s Childhood Home

Here is the latest semi-monthly excerpt of the late Beth Tielke’s writings about her life, just one way for her memories to continue to live on. Previously we learned about her extended family members and now we get a glimpse into Beth’s childhood home and life.

A Sparrow's Nest - Sunshine into the Lives of Others

A Sparrow’s Nest

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:


My earliest memory of home: We had only 3 chairs. Our main meals were fried potatoes & eggs – mac[]aroni with cream.

Bread with cream & sugar each were separate meals – No electricity or running water – going outside to the bathroom.

My childhood bedroom: It was upstairs – hot in summer & Grandma warmed big rock in the oven to put in my bed to make it warm in winter. In the summer sparrows came through the holes in the windows screens and I’d watch them nest, lay eggs and hatch. Also Millers were really bad – I had a personal lite to read by.

My favorite hiding place: I had a dog named Pal – We lived in a big cottonwood grove so each fall I’d hide in the leaves. He would come uncover me – One day going to school Grandpa let me sit on the tractor & drive [&] when we got almost to school Pal sat down watch the kids – I ran over him – I never had another dog I loved that much.

The yard I played in: We didn’t have yards. I played all over our farm.

Upcoming excerpts: “MY HOMETOWN” and “A TYPICAL DAY GROWING UP “.

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Sweet Sounds of Summer: Beth Tielke Shares Memories of her 20’s and 30’s

This is the second in a series of life story interviews with Beth Tielke who always brings “sunshine into the lives of others”. In terms of this memoir-style blog’s theme, as Beth’s story unfolds in our interviews, I’ve labeled the second 20 years of her life as “Summer.” In this conversation, we focus on the season of summer–Beth’s memories of her 20’s and 30’s. I opened with this message:

“Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain, tear drops and laughter, pleasure and pain. Just remember, there was never a cloud that the sun couldn’t shine through.”

Press play below to hear our sunshine Beth’s fond memories of her husband and each of her seven children as they were growing up! For convenience, feel free to download it for future playback on your computer or download it on your phone to listen to it on your phone on iTunes or another music player. 🙂

I concluded the interview with this positive suggestion for the listening audience:

“Today, fill your cup of life with sunshine and laughter.”

One thing is for sure: this interview filled my cup with sunshine and laughter. I hope you enjoy hearing the stories as much as I did! Please feel free to leave your comments below or leave comments on the Sunshine into the Lives of Others: The Inspiring Life of Beth L Tielke Facebook page.

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The Warmth of Summer

Below you will see Beth’s wedding ring, a piece of antique China from her and her husband Bill’s apartment in Minneapolis after they were married, and a vintage tea set from her 20’s.

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