Dec 7, 2010

Tough Time in Michigan

It's been over two weeks since my last post.  I guess it's time to get back into the swing of things. When we arrived back in Michigan we knew that it was going to be a difficult time.  We weren't prepared for how challenging it was going to be. On Sunday the 21st of November we received a call from our daughter Michelle in Portland, Oregon.  It seems that our youngest daughter Julie, who also lives in Portland, had some medical problems and was having emergency surgery. After some discussion and debate we decided that Judy should fly to Portland the next morning to be with Julie and help her through her recovery.

I was spending time with Chris and I would stay here in Michigan. Our daughter's surgery went well, and Judy was able to help her and Jeremy get ready to host a nice Thanksgiving dinner for 10.  It was our first Thanksgiving apart since we were married 36 years ago. I spent Thanksgiving with our hosts Stan and Kathleen. Stan had recently bought a new Green Egg charcoal cooker so he used that to prepare an excellent thanksgiving turkey .
With snow in the forecast and the tanks getting full, it was time for me to move the coach.  So on Saturday, the 27th, Stan helped me move to a campground just south of Grand Rapids which has one loop open for the winter.  Normally, when we move, Judy takes care of securing things on the inside and I take care of the outside stuff.  I had to make one unscheduled stop to secure a few things that I had forgotten about. Fortunately nothing broke. I picked a good day to move because the next day we got 6 inches of snow.

Last Wednesday morning Chris's wife Teresa died. Chris, and Teresa's two sisters, were by her side when she took her last breath.  I had just been to their house to pick up some pictures to have made into enlargements when Chris called to say Teresa had just passed away. He asked if I could come back to stay with him and I sat with him until the funeral home came to pick up her body.  The funeral was on Saturday and I ended up being one of the pall bearers.  It was a very difficult day. Unfortunately, Judy was not able to be here for the funeral, but ended up flying in that evening.  It's good to have her back.

We will be spending the rest of this week and part of next here in Grand Rapids. A week from Friday we have an appointment at Spartan Chassis in Charlotte, MI to have some service work done on the coach and then we plan to move to the eastern side of the State.  We found a campground about 30 miles south of Detroit that is still open, and we will spend Christmas with our oldest daughter Melissa and her family in St. Clair Shores.  Then we head south to search for warmer weather.

Until later.


Carol K said...

John and Judy, I am very sorry to hear about the death of your friend, but it's good that you could be there to sit with Chris, etc. Glad your daughter in Portland is feeling better now.

Thom Hoch said...

John, Judy... what a tough and heavy period you've gone through. But thankfully it sounds like things are looking up.

You guys and your family are in our thoughts. Hope you have a peaceful holiday.

Barb said...

So sorry to hear about your friend's death and your daughter's surgery. I hope your daughter has a speedy recovery. It must have been very hard on you both to be apart during these crises, especially over Thanksgiving. I hope you have an easy, happy Christmas.

Wanderin' said...

So very sorry to hear about Teresa's death. You certainly are good friends. Not many people would do what you have done.

I hope your daughter is on the way to health.

Linda said...

John and Judy,
We were saddened by your news about Teresa's death, but I am sure Chris was very glad to have your support. Thoughts and prayers for Chris and their daughter. Glad to hear that your daughter is on the road to recovery and that best of all, Judy is home.

Travelwithwhippets said...

So sorry to hear about the death of your friend. Glad to hear that your daughter is recovering. Enjoy your Christmas time in Michigan with family. You deserve it.

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~Ron said...

So sorry to hear about the death of your friend. It is wonderful that you could be there to support Chris during his time of need. We are glad that your youngest daughter got through her surgery and is on her way to recovery and that Judy was able to be there with her.

Hope the weather can hold off for you while you visit family over Christmas and then you can move on to warmer weather.

Kevin and Ruth

Wayne and Maureen said...

A whole new set of responsibilities
come with getting older....its good you could be there for them.

Roadrunner Chronicles said...

So sorry Chris' wife died. Very sorry to hear that. I am sure you being there meant a lot to Chris. Hope to see you guys in 2011 or...I hope God's peace and comfort and strength go out to you and yours and Chris and his family.