Sunday we flew to Phoenix and stayed with dear friends, the Perrys. (Fred was the best man at our wedding 43 years ago).
Can you guess what country they lived in for umpteen years by their collection of camels?
Tuesday, Mike and I went for a jog in the César Chávez Park near their neighborhood. Mike ran ahead, of course, and I took a turn onto an island and couldn't find my way out. Lost again, but not in a foreign country! I did, however, get to see the sun rise.
I accompanied friend Karen to the Tempe campus of Arizona State University where she goes every week to interact with international students.
In the evening we visited our friends Don and Shirley. Too much fun!
Wednesday, I was diligently working on the weekly missionary report, when a message came from my brother that from the signs the hospice nurse was seeing, Dad had only hours to live or at the most a day.
Our dear friends helped me think through what I needed to do. I was able to get a flight out that afternoon and was packed in no time and off to the airport.
Son Sam picked me up in Indianapolis and drove me to Grace Village. Mother had left her door unlocked and I found the breakfast table set for two. She always prepares ahead. It was after midnight, she was sleeping. (I didn't take this picture till the next morning.)
Thursday before 10 a.m., the hospice nurse called to say she was on her way, so Mother and I made our went over to Health Care. What happened next is summed up in the poem I wrote.
The rest of the day was a blur of activity--phone calls, texts, Facebook messages, a meeting with the funeral director, arrangements, travel plans, program ideas...
|Saying goodbye to my cute little mother|
Stephan and Karen had planned to attend the musical Godspell at Taylor, so I invited them to eat dinner with me. I got this cute photo of their funny and typical expressions.
Mike did not get in till after midnight. Mid-morning Saturday we left for Winona Lake in time for a meeting with the pastor. Stephan and Karen came that afternoon, as it was his only opportunity to be with the gathering family. He was scheduled to fly to Alaska the next day.