Saturday, July 18, 2015

Celebrate This Week - Still On the Road!

Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.  
 When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build.
  A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

Last week I celebrated in KS.  This week I'm celebrating from OK.  Our time in KS was cut short a day when my BFF's mom, Patsy (Granny Pat), died this past Sunday.  We made some changes to our travel, and I headed to OK.  

Patsy's funeral was a celebration of a life well lived, with wonderful memories shared by her granddaughter, Sarah, and her son, Kirk.  She was a woman who gave her life in service to others, in her church community and the larger community.  She touched many lives through her card ministry.  Almost every person attending the funeral had received a card at one time or another from Patsy.  Her husband, Byron, used to tease her that she would need to stop by the post office on her way to the cemetery.  Her thoughtfulness and love for others was manifested when Jan (my BFF) found unmailed cards in her mom's room at the nursing home.  Jan requested the funeral director (who graduated with us) make a stop by the post office to mail Patsy's last cards as he left town
for the burial in another small town!

Yesterday I participated via Skype in our first summer book club meeting for middle schoolers.  You can read about our gathering at my other blog, 
Sweet Summer Reads.  

This week's celebrations come from KS and OK:
Hanging out with 8 of the 13 kitties on the farm
Girls in pink - everyone got the memo!
 Monday afternoon project - hats on a loom!
Summertime reading champs!

My brother, Karl, and his wife, Kathy
                                 Crepe myrtles frame our hometown church!


  1. Sorry for everyone's loss. Granny Pat sounds like a wonderful person, Ramona. The PO story is sweet, one of those small town stories that warm the heart. The trees are beautiful!

  2. It's always nice to go back to your hometown church, isn't it? The picture of yours is beautiful. I am glad that you have been able to spend time with your family. I am glad that you shifted your plans and am sure your friend and her family really appreciated that.

  3. Your hometown trip sounds just lovely, Ramona - even with the losses, you know that going home can be a restorative thing.

  4. Glad you could go celebrate a life well lived!

  5. There's no place like home, and no friend like a best forever friend! Your recollection of Mom's service is uplifting for me to read, now a month and a half later! I need to get "the kid" to share that picture of the hearse at the post office. It was a wonderful day of celebration. So thankful you could be there.