It seems like forever since I have posted a blog and I am so very much behind on all your blogs but I will do my best to play catchup. I do keep many of you in my prayers.
My trip to Nebraska was so interesting…stressful…fun… and God is in control, first and foremost.
So, let us start at the beginning.
Wednesday I drove Joey to Sioux Falls to meet with the AIM team heading off to El Salvador. The night before we were to leave the waterpump in my SUV died so I had to take Joey’s Sunfire instead and it is a nice little car and gets great gas mileage, near 30 mpg. As I drove to and through Rapid City it seemed to be doing fine. Larry had checked all the fluids, the tires, etc. before we headed out.
But, once we got on the interstate I noticed that the car seemed to shimmy at about 65 mph. Then when the speed limit switched to 75 and I sped up the car began to shake and shimmy. It was like being in one of those massage chairs that loses control and we drove like that for hours…. Yes, I was seriously rattled by the time we got to Sioux Falls. From Sioux Falls to Wayne, NE I drove rather slowly as my head was pounding.
I called a dear friend and old classmate in Wayne who serviced our vehicles when we lived there. His secretary said he was booked solid and there was no way I could get the car in to be checked and then we got disconnected. When I called back Roger was on the phone with a “drop it off as soon as you can…” and I did just that and the next morning I woke up and the fixed car was sitting in my MIL’s driveway. Now that is a great friend and excellent service! I had a bent rim and whoever put Joey’s new tires on did not align the car. So, problem solved and very, very cheaply. Then another surprise! There was a mechanic at the camp for the week and he fixed my SUV for free and the church bought the part! God and people are so good and kind and generous! We are blessed!
Once in Wayne I drove straight to my Dad’s house and he is not doing very well and although my sister Shannon had warned me it was still a surprise. He has lost so much weight and is in constant pain due to the pancreatic cancer but he is in good spirits, Praise the Lord. Dad has such strong faith and that sustains him. I am blessed with a good Dad.
I didn’t realize it when I got to Wayne but the infamous Chicken Days was in the works. It is an annual event but it seems to be dying out a bit. There were a lot of people there but not the numbers they have had in the past. My sister Shannon and I spent the day at my Dad’s which is right by the park and watched the parade. She was selling raffle tickets for her library. We chatted a lot, visited with neighbors and took a nice walk around the park. I bought a large birdhouse and Shannon bought a wonderful birdhouse sculpture for my Mom.
During this time there are a lot of class reunions and the class above me was holding theirs. My brother-in-law Dan and his wife were in town as was my sister-in-law Joyce and her husband so Shannon and I journeyed to the local hangout to meet all the people who came into town for the reunions and had a nice time. Small town hospitality I guess you could say can be wonderful.
I also visited my Mom-in-law. She moved into The Oaks, assisted living apartments about a month ago and she really likes it and it gives us all peace of mind. It is such a nice place and a lot of her friends live there.
My ride home was as smooth as can be…No shimmying from a rattled car. One of my favorite sites is when I cross the Missouri River at Chamberlain. Chamberlain is also were the time changes from Mountain to Central Time.
I did not weigh myself when I got home from my trip. After I logged in all my food I thought, “why torture myself” so I gave myself a break and today I am beginning anew…fresh and with no regrets.
Please pray for Joey while he is in El Salvador on his missions trip. It is really lonely here without him. I hope you all have a great day and God Bless You!