A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving our plans changed and we decided to make a quick trip up to Ohio and Michigan. I had sort of dreaded the actual travel because you just never know what kind of weather or traffic you might run into on a busy holiday weekend, but the Lord worked it all out beautifully and we had nearly all good weather and our travel days went very well.
We spent some enjoyable days with Megan and Jim and the children and got to go to the Christian school where Jim is the principal and Drew is a student and to see the recent changes there. Drew also sang for us the part that he was going to sing in the school Christmas program since we wouldn't be able to attend it.Below is a screen shot from a video Jim posted of the song during the program. Drew is the one with the microphone in front of his face.
While we were in Michigan Rob's cousin Jody and her family from St. Louis happened to be in the Detroit area for her son's hockey tournament (which his team later won). We got to attend one of his games and then went out to supper afterwards. We dawdled over the meal since we see them so rarely and when we left the restaurant we were very surprised to find a layer of snow on the ground with a layer of ice underneath. We cautiously drove to where we were staying and were relieved that most of it had melted away by the next morning.
This was one of the few pictures we took on our trip:
While we were in Ohio the Lord also worked out the timing so we were able to visit quite a few people there. We visited Rob's mother in her nursing home on two different days. The first day she was alert and talked quite a bit. The second day she was quite sleepy but said she was listening to the conversation. She is still on hospice care and can do very little for herself now. She also has some bedsores and is on pain medication pretty much whenever she requests it.
We also visited a family friend that we have known for many, many years. She was like a spiritual mother to Rob when he was growing up. It had been quite a while since we had seen her. We visited her with her son Scott and daughter-in-law Cathy and enjoyed spending a short time with the three of them
We also were able to visit with Rob's Aunt Sarah who is seriously ill. We had not seen her for several years and were very thankful that we were able to visit with her on this trip. She is able to sit up in bed and can get in a wheelchair with help so we were able to share a meal with her.
We had a quick early morning visit with my 90 year old Aunt Nana (pronounced Nay-nuh) one morning before we headed to the nursing home. She graciously welcomed us and even put on a fresh pot of coffee. She's the one who convinced Rob he needed to get email initially. The rest is history. 🙂
On our last visit with Rob's mom we met up with Rob's sister Deb and her husband Dan and afterwards went out for lunch. We ate at Culvers and when we walked in we saw our friends Scott and Cathy. We were glad to get to spend a bit more time with them before heading back home.
Since we have returned home we have continued socializing. We went to two plays on campus. The first was a musical version of A Christmas Carol. This was the third year we have attended this production and we have enjoyed it each time. This past weekend we went to a production of It's A Wonderful Life which was produced as though the actors were in a radio drama. The students who were in both plays did a great job.
With all our gadding about we are just now getting a few Christmas decorations put up. Hopefully in a day or two everything will be in place and I can get busy wrapping a few gifts.
I hope to post again soon because I have a couple of recipes that might come in handy for Christmas.
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