May 5, 2008
|Yesterday we awoke to another fine day here in northeast Missouri. Cool but sunny all day. The temperature did reach into the low 60’s and there was very little breeze so Marilyn & I were able to sit outdoors in our lounge chairs, enjoying the warm sunshine and a cold drink.
Jennifer was working at the hospital so Marilyn & I fixed one of Jennifer’s favorite foods to take to her for lunch. It was our cheese soup and we drove to the hospital with the soup still hot. We visited with Jennifer while she enjoyed the soup.
This was only her second day back at work and she told us about a nice raise the nurses received, effective yesterday. What a nice surprise to welcome her back to work. Needless to say we are so very proud of her and the career she has chosen. It is perfect for her though, as she is such a kind and considerate person, very thoughtful caring and compassionate. What a neat young lady she is. Of course we think she is a wonderful mother also!
While we were sitting in our lounge chairs in the late afternoon, we were talking about our good friends from the valley and decided to call Heinz & Irene in Canada. It was so nice to hear their voices and to visit with these good friends for awhile. We’ll see what that call cost us when we get our wireless bill.
Normally, I only write about the previous days activities. Today, May 5th is etched in our memories, however. It was 18 years ago today that our first born daughter, Kelly, was killed. I awoke around 2:30 AM this morning and was unable to go back to sleep. I lay there in bed thinking about her, recalling various memories of our time together.
The truth is that there is not one single day which goes by that I don’t think of her at least once during the day.
Kelly was tall, slender, and beautiful. She was very talented, artistic, and self confident. She worked on a dude ranch in Wyoming for the two summers before she died. It was there that she truly blossomed, learning to ride horses and living away from home.
We miss her terribly!
So today, Jennifer, Marilyn and I will drive to Monroe City to visit the cemetery to place fresh flowers on her grave. My parents are also buried there and we will visit their graves as well, placing flowers for them.
So this is one day when I don’t have much joy to write about, and it will be a quiet day of reflection for us. This is a day for the family to spend together.
We are thankful for the time we have together, with our family members and with our good friends, who have become like family to us.
We ask God to bless each one of you and your families. We’ll be back tomorrow with our usual optimism, looking forward to whatever adventures that day has in store……