A Busy Day

Wednesday, January 29

Busy Day (1)Our day started by taking a large TFC mailing to the Lititz Post Office.

Busy Day (2)I was delighted to see the mules (Amish farm) as we traveled from the post office to where Cerwin’s mother lives.

Busy Day (2a)I haven’t seen them since last fall.

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Busy Day (4)Arriving at the retirement community.

Busy Day (5)My view of a sitting area window as I waited for Cerwin and Mother.

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Busy Day (7)Our destination was Oregon Dairy Restaurant for the quarterly Sauder family luncheon.

Mother would be disappointed if none of us were available to take her out for this meal.

Busy Day (8)The Sauders are Mother’s siblings and their children.

Busy Day (9)It was a small group on this day – too many relatives are in Florida.

Mother was the only one of her siblings to be there. She has a sister and three brothers still living. John, Amos, and Naomi rarely leave the senior communities where they live due to health and advanced age, and I expect Luke and Willamae are in Florida.

There were three of Uncle Aaron and Aunt Edna’s daughters (Reba, Anna, Velma) and a son-in-law (Marvin), one of Uncle Roy and Aunt Alice’s daughters (Blanche), Mother, and Cerwin and me.

Busy Day (10)Sisters: Reba, Anna, and Velma

We had a delightful lunch and visit.

Afterward we took mother next door for groceries, and after taking her home, helped her put groceries away and read a few letters to her. (At 96 she no longer sees well enough to read letters.)

Busy Day (11)I needed to get my photo taken for my driver’s license, so this was our next stop.

Busy Day (12)No we did not have an accident and end up here!

Our friend and TFC chaplain’s wife, Nan, had fallen and broken a leg – requiring surgery – so we stopped in to visit.

Busy Day (13)(My cell phone photo)

Only if you know Bunny O’Hare (right), TFC’s Director of Pastoral Care for Chaplains, can you imagine the fun we had. (He and Peg were in the room when we arrived.)

While Nan was on the phone, Bunny put on a pair of latex gloves, then when she was finished with the conversation, he walked toward her and said, “I am Dr. O’Hare and am here to give you an enema!” 🙂

If laughter does good like a medicine, Nan’s bone healed a bit that afternoon.

Busy Day (14)Cerwin needed three socket adapters, so this is where we went after leaving the hospital.

Busy Day (15)I went to the store next door – because I didn’t need any tools.

I didn’t realize that they had a kitchen department, and was delighted to find a new jelly roll pan. My old jelly roll pan needed to go in the trash.

Cerwin made his tool purchase, then came here and found a pair of slippers. He had mentioned a few days earlier that his slippers needed to be replaced.

It was nice to have enough time to wander through the store, and then not feel rushed as we traveled through the busy, touristy area of Route 30 East – between Lancaster and Christiana, where we wanted to be by 6:00 p.m.

Busy Day (16)

We stopped here – Shivery Funeral Home (internet photo – because I forgot to take a picture) – for the visitation/viewing of our trucker friend Harry Sensenig.

These moments in time are certainly not fun, but the family seemed to feel blessed that we took time to come.

Busy Day (17)Then it was time for supper.

Busy Day (18)After enjoying a delicious chicken sandwich, we worked our way back toward Lancaster and home – again through the busy Route 30 East area.

It was a very good day.

Pray for Jeff & Chris’ Family Today

as this afternoon is the funeral for her Grandpa Cassel.


2 (13)He was Lois’ father and our daughter-in-law Chris’ very loved grandpa.

2 (14)Grandpa Cassel lived a long full life (age 98), and was a godly influence in Chris’ life as well as in the life of her mother.

Saying goodbye to a loved one is always difficult.

I Wanted to Stay Home

Tonight was the viewing/visitation for my friend Joanne.


Tomorrow is her funeral.

I said to Cerwin, “Do you think we could stay home and pretend this didn’t happen?”

He didn’t think that would work. 🙁

When I told her son Kerry my plan (to pretend it didn’t happen), he said, “There are more of us who would have liked to join you.”

That is all I have. I don’t feel creative – or like posting pretty pictures.

My Heart is Breaking

We received a sad phone call from our friend Gerald, telling us that Joanne went home to be with the Lord this evening.DSC_9292Photo taken on June 2, 2013 when she and Gerald were at our house for supper.

She fought a valiant fight against cancer.

My heart is not breaking for her, because I know she is rejoicing with the Lord.

My heart is breaking for Gerald, their sons Darvin and Kerry, their daughter-in-law, Kellie, and their grandchildren Kelby and Harrison. My heart is breaking for her mother, sister, brother, and extended family. My heart is breaking for Gerald’s siblings and extended family. My heart is breaking for us and each of her friends.

Gerald’s parents and my parents were good friends, so I have not known life without him in it. I met Joanne in seventh grade when our local grade schools came together at Manheim Central High School.

Joanne’s and my friendship began when we double-dated. It developed into an even stronger relationship after we both married in the fall of 1963. We have laughed and cried together, visited in each others homes, traveled, camped, and attended our children’s weddings.

Our birthdays are the same month – mine February 8, hers February 10.

She was an excellent cook and skilled gardener.

I was blessed to have her as a friend and know I will see her again – in Heaven – but earth is going to be a bit emptier without her.