“No, that only lasted a few minutes. It was traveling with Norm and our Amazing Gracie! The greatest blessing was introducing her to the friendships in Norm and my life over the years.”
We made a brief stop in Clearwater, so we could visit with Marlene and Tom Whitaker. One picks up right where they left off when you are with true friends. It has been fifteen years since we left our friends in Kansas to move to Arizona. After meeting her Daddy’s preschool teacher, Gracie patiently listened to stories of her Daddy as a little boy. The stories made up about his day at pre-school, and the puppy Tom gave him.
Our timing was good. We drove by our family farm and Lester Derley was harvesting wheat. He does a good job of caring for what I still call “Daddy’s land.” Gracie rode on the combine, and she carried stalks of wheat that Lester gave her for nine days all the way back to her home in Oklahoma. Being on the farm stirred up emotions that made me lonesome for Daddy.
We travelled to Colorado and spent time with my cousin Connie and John. We drove up Pikes Peak enjoyed the view. Later John drove us to some falls and hiked with Gracie. We ended the day dining in an airplane! I wonder whose idea that was, Norm?
As we continued our trip with Grace, the DNA journey I started about three years ago lead us to meet Mica. We have communicated via email but never met in person. We are second cousins. One could not deny we were related. We share a birth day, both born on May 28, but different years. We wore blue toenail polish and peach finger nail polish. We were both adopted. Her Dad came from Wilber, Nebraska where Norm was raised. She paints, and I write. Maybe she will illustrate the books I write someday! To top it off, Mica and Gracie both play percussion. As we backed out of her driveway, and waved good-bye to Mica, I notice a home for sale next door to her. I wished I could buy that house and be her next-door neighbor.
Ten states we drove through, and each state unique. God’s country is beautiful. We returned our amazing Grace safely home. Two days later, Norm and I were home. It is a joy to walk in the door and watch our dogs do their happy dog dance. It is nice to be loved unconditionally.
God is good and spending time with people we Love is the greatest blessing.