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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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The events of the last week or so have been of the mixed emotions variety. The hospitalization and passing of our very close friend was very traumatic for her family and us as well. While at the hospital I made efforts at cheering the family and after her demise my striving was to comfort – while feeling woefully inadequate at both endeavors. But God is good and he will both comfort and strengthen the family for the coming weeks and months. How does anyone survive without God as a foundation?

Then came last Wednesday and the event of the day was childcare – something at which I have had a bit more experience and am somewhat more proficient. YD and GM1 were going with the high school band for several days to Indiana for a large competition – a yearly event. We received the three young lads about 12 noon and it was none-stop action until their Dad took them home at about 5pm on Friday. It took the both of us to keep them occupied and keep up the household as well.

The main events during their stay involved inside and outside play and hikes. The hiking route would be trekking down to the pond first and walk out on the dry ground that used to be under water. They all had to have sticks since I carry one and these had to be splashed in the water – it was meaningful to them. The next trek was out across the vacant lots to the top of the hill overlooking the highway. Then we stood at the peak and watched the vehicles pass by – with varying degrees of amazement.

After their departure, we had about an hour before our next event started. This event was to travel to the Atlanta airport to pick up OD and her clan – they were to stay with us through Thanksgiving week. The drive was about three hours and we gave ourselves plenty of time in case of highway delays and such. We had enough time to stop in at Kohl’s near Atlanta for the Spice to pick up a gift that OD had been unable to find at her home location in Texas. And still had time to get a bite to eat.

The restaurant just happened to be Chik-fil-A and after the meal you might be able to guess what we obtained to finish off the consuming event – milkshakes, of course. We felt safe during our meal since two policemen came in at the same time and ate. I was impressed at the management of the place, since these two officers only had to sign to eat there.

First son-in-law (FSIL) had been on a business trip in another part of the country and arrived in Atlanta earlier – we were in touch with him by cell phone. OD’s flight had been delayed several minutes so we still had some time to wait when we arrived. We parked, got in touch with FSIL, loaded up his luggage in the van and then waited for the rest of his crew. They arrived safely; we got their bags and headed away from the airport about 11pm.

We arrived home safely, unloaded the stuff and I was in bed and mostly asleep by 2am – a full day and week of events for this old coot. Through them all, God is still good, all the time. ec

6 Comments:

Blogger Anvilcloud said...

That's a long trip to the airport, but I'm sure you will greatly enjoy their stay.

11/22/2007 01:36:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Mr. E., may Thanksgiving joy and blessings be abundant this day to you and yours.

11/22/2007 06:16:00 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Wishing all of you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

11/22/2007 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

hI Mr. Eddie ~~ I hope you and your wife and all the family have a very
wonderful Thanksgiving. It would be great to all be together. Sorry about the loss of your friend, I hope her
husband is doing well. It's never easy. I have been very busy here, and
have got behind. Take care, Regards, Merle.

11/23/2007 01:55:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I hope your Thanksgiving day was wonderful Mr. Ed.

God Bless

11/25/2007 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

AC - It was long but the reward was worthwhile.

SSN - Thanks much, though I'm late getting back to you. Our Thanksgiving was great and maybe more than I deserve.

granny - It was a very blessed day and I had contact with 48 kinfolk counting both meals.

merle - Thanks for your Thanksgiving wishes, I read them on Thanksgiving but was to busy to comment until now. My friend is doing fairly well and staying busy, he has a daughter and two grandkids staying with him and they help keep him going.

brenda - Thanks, it was great, will be catching up on writing about it and events around it for the next few blogs. ec

11/26/2007 09:11:00 PM  

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