About Us

Who we are: Dave and Cookie are fifty-somethings, married 32 years (on June 24, 2010), empty-nesters, long-distance bikers, committed to a whole-life stewardship ethic that guides who we are and how we spend our time, money, and energy. From 1989-1992, we were volunteers in Chad, Africa with Mennonite Central Committee (www.mcc.org/serve). From 1995-1999, we were at Woodstock School (www.woodstock.ac.in) in Mussoorie, India. These experiences continue to shape who we are. We have one married daughter who says she is “thinking about reproducing”.

In July of 2009, we returned to Woodstock School. In July of 2010, Cookie was diagnosed with advanced ovarian/endometrial cancer.  In August, we returned home to Newton, KS – without jobs or insurance – to continue Cookie’s treatment.

What’s shaping our thinking: Mindset by Carol Dweck, Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert, Emotional Discipline by Charles C Manz.

What’s guiding our lives: We are Mennonite by choice and by family history.

What’s filling our time: Dave, a high school math teacher, is taking care of Cookie, substitute teaching and looking for a job.  At Woodstock, he was the tenth grade home room teacher, an adviser to 11  grade ten students and taught Algebra II, Pre-Calc and Geometry. Cookie finished nine months as Woodstock School’s Interim Human Resource Manager and is now dealing with issues and adventures related to cancer.

Our publicly available photo albums are online at http://picasaweb.google.com/cookie.dave.

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6 Responses to About Us

  1. Laurie Regehr says:

    Cookie (and Dave!) – I FINALLY have good usable internet at home and can come to your site. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to access it at work. 🙁 I have a day off this coming Monday and will be coming to Newton. Is there a time of day that I could stop by for a quick visit? Would LOVE to see you guys…
    Cousin Laurie

    • cookie says:


      I would LOVE to see you on Monday, just drop in – or call to check that we’re home before coming by – we should be home. Cookie

    • Laurie Regehr says:

      Cookie – I am working more days than usual right now — the next 3 days require that I leave home about 6 a.m. I want you to know that I am praying for you on my way to work as the sun comes up each of those days. I will pray for the things you asked…and also that you will know what a significant part of my young life you were and how grateful I am that I have known you all these years. I have SO MANY precious memories of our trips to Kansas as we were growing up — and spending time with you was definitely among the highlights! We thought we had the coolest cousins EVER! 🙂 The choices you have made regarding how you live your life have been and continue to be a tremendous inspiration to me! Your choices will result in you leaving an incredible legacy that will continue to touch many lives…including mine. I am looking forward to seeing you at your anniversary celebration. May God be very evident now — I know He is near. Love you! Cousin Laurie

  2. Trina says:

    Hi Cookie & Dave!

    I’ll be at Hesston tomorrow (Friday) for a memorial service for my great aunt Lahla. I was wondering if you’d be up for a short visit in the early afternoon, after lunch? I’ll be passing your way. Have a blessed day, Trina

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