I have been thinking this week about life in the country. I was behind a huge tractor on the back roads I often take home, and he took nearly the whole road. At some point along the road, another large tractor approached us in the opposite direction. You should have seen the two of them trying to pass each other! Continue reading
I was talking with my mother on the phone this morning and told her I had gotten some pictures of a storm we had here last week. She said she would like me to post them on my blog so she could see them. I also took a few pictures last night when Mark and I had a bonfire in our back yard with some more of the tree limbs and things we’ve been trying to get rid of this summer. Continue reading
Today I finally had a chance to read my emails and saw that I had received so many condolences from you all that I can’t respond to them individually. But I do want you to know that your thoughts and prayers mean a great deal to me. I am fortunate in the many friends I have!
We left Bismark around 9:00 this morning and arrived in Ellison Bay around 10:00 tonight. It’s been a long, strange day. Continue reading
Montana is a long state! I think we left Missoula at about 9:15 MT this morning, and we didn’t get to the eastern border until 6:00 this evening. Somewhere in North Dakota, we crossed into the Central time zone to arrive at our hotel around 9:30 CT. Of course, we made a few stops along the route.
This morning, Mark and I packed up the truck and put the dog in the back and headed out. This is the first time in several years that we have traveled east from Portland through the gorge, and I had almost forgotten how beautiful it is. There were signs of the fire that burned in the area, but it is still beautiful and I could barely put my camera down. Continue reading
Sherill’s service was this afternoon and there were so many people there we had to add chairs. She had many, many friends! Continue reading
Fred and his son, David, went to the funeral home to take care of details and they found what I am told is a really pretty coffin. I asked if it was a short one, and David said she’ll have room enough to roll around in it. I hope so because she may be turning in her grave if the family keeps going the way it is. Prayers are very much needed for unity, patience, and grace. Continue reading
For any of you who are close enough to come to Sherill’s memorial service, we now have confirmation that the service will be at West Hills Covenant Church (5815 SW Gillcrest Ct, Portland, OR 97221) at 3:30 this Sunday afternoon. There will be a reception following with an open mike time for any who may want to briefly share thoughts or stories about Sherill. Continue reading
This morning I was taking a shower and had just wrapped a towel around myself when Fred walked in with the phone and told me there was an important phone call for me. I took the phone and a man said, “Hello, Denise! I’m Officer Seigler from the King City Police. I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but your sister died this morning.” When I hung up, I told Fred and he burst into tears. The whole family met at the rehab center and sat with Sherill’s body until the undertaker came to take her away. We were all in shock. It has been a rough day, but I want to dedicate the rest of this post to Sherill’s memory. Continue reading