I remember him so fondly for his uncanny sense of humor, his signature jokes, the way his eyes twinkled, and his love for his large family (including five great-grandsons).
We miss him and we are praising God that he has been promoted to glory in heaven!
We drove out to Ohio for the funeral and a whirlwind trip. We left very early in the morning the day of the service and drove straight there, dressed in our clothes for the funeral. Afterwards, it was so good to see family and share a meal together with all of us. We stayed at Nicholas' cousin and his wife's home with their little boy, who is a bit younger than Cooper. And the three boys had such a wonderful time together – scootering, and eating snacks, and playing in the backyard.
Before breakfast, I stepped outside to see the sunlight and to get a better listen to the birds and feel the crisp morning air. What a sweet, brief trip with family to remember Grandpa Friend's life and to be together.
Thank you, Lord, for the hope of heaven!
Last month, we finally made the trip down to the Bloomington area in Southern Indiana to visit our friends Maeve and Kyle, on their farm! Maeve has visited us a few times, but this was our first time to Bloomington to see their home and their farm, as well as meet the littlest member of their family for the first time.
It's been a year since my dear mother-in-law passed away. A year of us missing her, remembering her, wishing to tell her things, smiling at stories and memories and videos of her.
With the changing of the seasons, I'm reminded that sorrow and joy can exist alongside each other, and they often do.