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Musical Beds

Wrtten on July 14--but never finished nor posted:

My cousin Bill's son Mike died Sunday, July 11, and Gerald and I will be going to his funeral visitation tonight at nearby town of Goreville, our Martin ancestral home.

All three teens here for Vacation Bible School went to my cousin David's visitation on Monday night. In the meantime, my son Gerry was here a couple of nights as he was very close to David, and he and Dave’s son Neil have been friends since the days when they played sports against each other in grade school and high school and together on an intramural team at University of llinois.

Then last night daughter Jeannie and husband Rick and their kids Elijah and Cecelie came in from an aborted camping trip. After some nice camping in Tennesee with Leslie  followed by rains and mosquistoes, etc., the two kids asked to come here where their cousins were. Jeannie is busy washing up all the rained-on comforters and Rick drying out their tent. We are playing "muscial beds" it seems like since Tara and three boys came by Sunday night on their way through from Atlanta going home to northern Illinois after a softball tourney.

We started with plans for each of the three teens to have their own bedroom this year—a far cry from when we used to fill two queen-size beds with grandkids in the upstairs room over at Pondside Farm and I slept with them to keep them settled down the best I could.

However, when the kids found out Tara and the babies were coming, they were thrilled and Trent gladly moved to a couch and gave his room to her and then next for a couple of nights to his Uncle Gerry who was here for David’s funeral. Then the Eilers came, and again the kids were thrilled that Elijah and Cecelie were joining them—and Sam gladly moved to a couch and gave the adults his bedroom. Having five grandkids instead of just three for VBS was better yet, they all agreed. And so did I.

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My sympathies

Sue, I am sorry for your loss. It is a terrible thing to lose a relative, especially when they are younger than we are. The strange thing is that it brings the family together as it has yours. May you find peace in your memories.

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Dear Sue, I feel at home in

Dear Sue, I feel at home in your blogs, welcomed, as if I have known the family for years and I want to stay and visit, yet when you are saddened, all I have to offer are two-dimensional words of kindness.
The kids piled on beds, the rained-out camping trip and most of all the litany of names like a family Bible, those are the things that give hope for the future, a lively future full of love and companionship, full of Sue’s blogs of Woodsong.
Love, Mara

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Thanks, Katherine and Mara--

Have not had much time to be on RR lately or connect with anyone, but I did read your comments and was comforted by them.