Saturday, Jan 3, was when they said they would be coming in but had no idea the time. Saturday afternoon we had planned and arranged for a celebratory luncheon for Ken Bruderer at Olive Garden. I actually was grateful the funeral wasn't til Monday for several reason, including this party.
In addition to helping Linda with her MS needs, Ken has been laid off from the steel mill several times but still went back to college to slowly complete a degree in electrical engineering. When this was done, I felt we needed to party his efforts. we didn't tell him what was up but just left him to think it was just 4 couples (them, us, Staffords, Warrens) going out to eat. We then included Jill and Mary Beth and the 2 Hansens and David Bruderer and his family. Both Ken and Linda were surprised. It was a lovely afternoon. While there I got a text that Jocelyn's crew had arrived.
So we went home to find them baking some cookies. Soon Dawn arrived and after midnight, Dawn and Robert drove to the airport to pick up Cara, Kipp and Cody. I tried to fall asleep but know my kids were coming in I just couldn't sleep...and it was so good to see them. I worried cuz initally Cara was going to drive up for the funeral but Jacob bought airline tickets for them. As sad an occasion as a funeral is, the upside is that I got to have Cara here for her 40th birthday. Jacob is so generous all the time but this was even more generous of him.
I think we had a pretty good lunch for her birthday. It was a bit crazy at times. We had 2 beef roasts and mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and I had made brioche rolls. Then came the cakes and the gifts.
A pretty bracelet from us. Cara had also asked for a picture of her as a baby with me. That was a little hard to find but I did manage it. This one was on her blessing day.
This was Pioneer Day, 1975
Oh her first birthday 1976