In our travels we have met so many people! We have also reconnected with friends from all over the country, which is wonderful.
Willa and I met when we were trying to get our children to be homeschooling friends... turns out we became friends instead while living in Juneau. In this picture we are getting together in Post Falls, Idaho.
My friend from grade school, Steph, whom I had not seen in 35 years. This was a sweet reunion!! She looks exactly the same. We picked up as though it had been yesterday. We attended grade school at St. John's in West Bend, Wisconsin. This photo was taken while Dave and I were visiting cousins at Kelly Lake, where Steph and hubby Mike have a place just across the lake. We were able to get together because of a FB comment. Crazy!
Pictured here are my siblings. My sisters and I get together for a weekend every year and last year we thought Jesse needed to be included - it was so much fun. No one knows you like your family and loves you anyway.
We first reconnected with the Else family when we met them at Peace Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Gary and Dulcy Else, and their daughter, Megan, live in Newport, Oregon, now. Of course, we first became friends before they were married and we all lived in Juneau, Alaska.
Our friends Pastor Rick and his wife, Kim, (on the far right) live in Boerne, Texas. We met them when we were all at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, years ago. We have many, many more friends we could share, but there is just no room for the treasures!!
When I met Renee Kalberer, she was our daughter's second-grade teacher in Fulda, Minnesota. The kids and I lived with Dave's mom and dad while he was on deployment in the Navy. Now, of course, we met Renee again in Walker, Minnesota. She is married and has kids! What?!
This is my dear friend Barb Schelp. She has not moved at all, and I am quite thankful I get to visit her in Corvallis, Oregon. She took care of us when we were first married, folded us into her family without missing a beat! Left to our own devices, we would have lived on Ramen Noodles and toast.
Reuben and Nancy have been parents/friends at the same timeline point as Barb Schelp. They served as mentors, counselors, friends, mom and dad. They are still the same - treasures!
Pastor Tim and Charlotte Renstrom (on the far left), live in Brahms, Minnesota, now. When we first met them we were just off the ferry, literally, in Juneau, Alaska. Next to Tim and Charlotte, the Jensen family, you guessed it from Hannover, North Dakota. No surprise there. The Jensen's are members of St. Peter's Lutheran in Hannover where Dave served as pastor for a few years. How these folks all ended up at the same church on that Sunday - Wow.
This is a small sampling of our last ten years of life on the road. We don't collect much stuff, but these pictures show what do collect along the way and they are all keepers. :)