I’ve been out of town for about a week. First I went to the Arizona mountains for a celebration of my brother in law L’s life. It was a bittersweet day — sad because of the loss of my sister S’s husband, but sweet because I got to see so many family members that I haven’t seen for a long time – my brother, three sisters, my birth Mom, and a bunch of nieces and nephews.
I flew into Phoenix, and my sister T and a caravan of people on their way to the service picked me up at the airport, and we continued on our way. We still had a 4 hour drive ahead of us. There was a lot of beautiful scenery along the way. Most of the shots were taken through the window of a car going 70 miles an hour so they aren’t the clearest photos.
The following day, we took a walk through the town we were staying in. I tried to capture the town feeling by taking photos of a few of the signs.
After our walk and breakfast, we went to help get things ready for the lunch that would follow the service for my brother in law. Friends and neighbors brought tons of food. I wish I would have taken a photo of all of it but it was pretty hectic in the kitchen.
After the minister spoke, some family members and friends got up and talked about L. He was known as a man who was always helping people out. It’s a wonderfully, close mountain community. The community center where we had the service and lunch was my brother in law’s dream and there will be a special plaque there commemorating him.
L used to played guitar with this group of men, who were at the service as part of the celebration.
The next day, I rode back to California with my little sister T to visit with her for a couple days.
It was a whopping 10 hour drive to California. I’ll continue with the California part of the story in my next post.