Thursday, April 29, 2010

Friends here and gone...

I first met Greg and Karen on one of my many trips to Indiana. A few years ago when I was part of a singing group, we spent a lot of time out there. I made lots of good friends. So how tickeled was I when I heard they were coming for the weekend. We managed to work out a time to get together and they came for supper on Friday night. Their daughter Leann is just about the cutest little thing ever! Loved having them all here and catching up and getting to know each other even better!Thursday afternoon, I got a call from my good friend Catherine. She was calling to tell me her husband went home to be with Jesus. That is not the kind of phone call you want to get. I knew right away I wanted to do all I could to get to the funeral. A few years ago, after my dear friend Ann died, Jim and Catherine joined our singing group on a 2 week tour in Alabama and Florida. They were such a support to us as as we tried to keep singing even though we had just buried the main person in our group. We had been friends with Jim and Catherine before because they were also part of a singing group and we ended up singing at alot of the same concerts. When Jim was diagnosed with a brain tumor 2 years ago we were all devastated. I got to see Jim last summer when he came one last time to Lancaster. I remember when we were getting ready to leave I hugged him goodbye and we both knew it would probably be the last time we would ever see each other here on this earth.Brad could see how much it meant to me to go to the funeral and he set about making it happen. It wasn't wasy on his part. As of last week he is the main and only sound man at our church and has not had time to train someone else in yet. He ended up getting someone to fill in who used to run it before. We started the 12 hour trip to Daviess Co. Indiana around 3 in the morning on Friday.
Around lunch time we seen one of these fast food joints and decided to stop. White Castle had been featured in a TV show we like called Undercover Boss. Soooo we decided to check it out since we don't have any near where we live! Their burgers were tiny! 3 came with my order. You could order them by the piece or 3, 5 or 10! They were about the size of the "sliders". Neither of us thought they were that good and probably wouldn't go again or give them raving reviews but it was fun to try something different!
Back in my single days I used to LOVE to drive and was often the designated driver among my friends. Not that they were drinking or anything, but simply because I enjoyed driving! Now...I sit in the passenger seat and enjoy the ride (and view)!
We had many, many good chats on our 24 hour road trip. Most of the time we talked...about anything and everything. I slept a few hours and he slept on the way home too. Funny how we live together and talk every day and still have lots to talk about!

We stayed in a nice motel so all in all it was a fun little getaway for us. It's important to me to "pay respects" and I am so glad it worked out for us to go. And just another reminder of how short life is. Brad and I talked about that alot on the way home and decided again to make the most of the time God gives us here together.


  1. Mimy, we have a white castle in our neighborhood - some of the cheapest quality food I've ever had - yuck.

    I really admire you for making that trip - I'm starting to understand more how important it is to go to weddings and funerals and things like that... life is all about relationships anyway.

    Love your posts! Melanie

  2. sorry for the loss of your friend, I'm glad you had a chance to go and pay your respects and attend the funeral

    your other friends who came to visit look like a very sweet family!

    I have had the White Castles from the frozen department at the store that you cook in the microwave but they don't have the chains here in California. However, my son went with his girlfriend this past December to visit family in Michigan and they have them there so they went; he said they were okay, tasted a lot like the frozen variety I had tried