Good Evening; Today is Sunday July 1st.
I trust that you have had a good week? I have! I will tell you a bit more about that below.
I may have a few too many pictures this week, but trust me I did cut it down.
I arrived home on Monday from my Midwest trip, early afternoon. As you will see, I just finished a busy week, all good. To set this up, I need to tell you about where Janelle and I went to college, where we met. Taylor University. I am sure there are similar stories, but the Taylor community in my opinion is very unique. We can go months, even years without seeing each other, we get together and it is like we have never been apart. These are what would be classified as Friends for Life. Several of these people traveled many miles to attend our services honoring My Janelle. Taylor installment #1, Tuesday, my college roommate Cal was in town from Chicago. He stayed at the house, great dinner and then an early morning golf game before I dropped him off at the airport. A grand total of about 18 hours, we had a great time.
Wednesday, I hung out with the Smithson clan (neighbors on the left). These people are family. We have shared many special times together over the years. They are the main family “taking care of Ken” in the local neighborhood. Daughter Chloe was in a play (she is an aspiring actress) downtown. So Maria, Molly, Nora and I headed there, nice dinner, watched Chloe perform. A very fun evening.
Thursday, I went by Ian’s work place (Bricktops), actually twice. Late afternoon, just to have a refreshment / visit a bit with my son as he worked. The evening did not have anything special going on so I ended up going back and having dinner. In true Janelle mode, the picture on the left is my dinner. The picture on the right is Ian and Amber. Another interesting item, Amber through her small group at church had been praying for Janelle and her family by name for several months, but had never made the connection that her co-worker Ian was part of the situation. She came to the Celebration service with her friends to honor My Janelle and realized her work buddy’s Mom was the person. Sweet young lady and I enjoyed very much hearing the story.
Taylor installment #2. Friday I headed out for Kiawah Island, SC for a relaxing weekend with additional classmates from the late 70s. My Hosts for the weekend were Tim & Jan Hill. Joining me were Bill & Diane Banks. Many hours of just special times, laughing, eating, hanging out by the pool, also a round of golf. Saturday was Tim's birthday so I was able to participate in all of that fun. Similar to my story above with Cal, we get together, it is like 30 years have not past. I am sure you are reading this so I hope today was a nice relaxing day. I am thinking pool, refreshments and naps probably took place? I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the invite & the fellowship. Words really can’t express my gratitude. On the left, the Hill’s Kiawah residence, on the right; Diane & Bill Banks, Tim & Jan Hill.
Now for the SPECIAL pictures I want to share with you this week. July 29th & 30th, 2011. Life was good; we were getting ready to have Kenneth Freeman officially join our family. The many months of planning by my two girls was coming to the finale! On the left, my girls & me (check out those identical smiles) at the rehearsal dinner. On the right, my girls having Mom / Daughter time on Wedding day as they were getting ready to get dressed. Very precious time for the Hayes family, I will treasure these memories always.
I feel like I have made a huge stride in the healing department over the last two weeks. Certainly I have been very busy and staying busy is a good thing for me. That said, the 2,000 miles I logged to the Midwest really just gave me a lot of alone time which allowed me to spend many hours thinking and contemplating my life going forward without My Janelle. The result, work this past week was actually pretty good. Friends, I have such great friends who circle me and are close by when I need them. Many relaxing moments this week, actually laughing and not constantly thinking about what has taken place. I am not sure that I am saying all of this quite right, but again for me I just feel like I have taken a big step forward and it feels really good.
I hope you all have a great week. Thank you for checking in with me; for the comments, emails and cards/letters. They are also a big reason why my healing seems to be accelerating a bit. I will plan to be back next week. Sister Kris is coming in tomorrow to hang out with me for a few days. That will certainly provide some interesting content for next week….:)
Strength and Peace to You ….. Psalms 29:11