Welcome to the Schroeder Family Website.....

As you will note from our background we like hostas. We also like trains, quilts and Bichons. We moved into our new home in 1998. The new home met several requirements, a room where my wife could do her quilting, a basement where I could build the train layout that I had dreamed about and a "bare canvas" yard where we could garden. Within the first year we had started all three projects.

I have retired from a civil engineering consulting firm where I was project manager on various railroad design projects for Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation. My wife has retired from Carle Clinic & Hospital and worked in the Information Technology field for over 32 years, finally retiring in 2015. Some 12 years ago we added two lovable Bichons to our family, Mitzi and Abbie. We became involved in Bichons Rescue for 12 years and have saved and found good homes for many dogs. Over the last 15 years the train layout has been completed so check out my passion. My wife's quilting soon outgrew the one room and expanded to a third floor level. She likes to attend many quilt shows and in 2013 one quilt was accepted in the Houston International Quilt Show, in 2014 a different quilt was accepted into the AQS show in Grand Rapids, MI and in 2016 a third quilt was accepted into the AQS Chattanooga, TN quilt show. She is also involved in her local quilt group, Illini Country Stitcher's he finance committee. She also dapples in flower arranging in her spare time and is a member of the Ikebana Society of American, Champaign Chapter.

But most of all when spring arrives we head outside to our yard for our passion in gardening. We have both completed the Master Gardener program through our local extension office and volunteer in various activities each year. In 2004 we helped found the Illinois Prairie Hosta Society. We are both involved in the American Hosta Society as well as the Midwest Regional Hosta Society. The yard has become a collection of some 650 plus plants including over 400 hostas. We still have a few grass areas as the "girls" need someplace to run.

So as we say in the railroad world, welcome on board, and check out our photos and if you have questions about quilts, railroads, Bichons or hostas please contact us.

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