What a roller coaster we’ve been on over the last two weeks! We left Yuma on February 19 headed to Kansas for the 50th anniversary of our home church, Northridge Friends Church in Wichita. LeRoy and I are among a dwindling number of founding members of Northridge who still attend. What a blessed day we had! We caught up with folks we hadn’t seen in many years, watched a video collage over the years from 1972 and shared memories with folks who had passed through the church as college students or in ministry. Heidi was the first baby born to church members after the building was built. The welcome was given by a good friend of ours who happens to be the oldest surviving founding member, past ministers spoke and prayed and the yearly meeting superintendent gave the message. God has blessed the church through all of those folks and we have been blessed in return.
That week, Kansas chose to give us the cold shoulder, literally. On Wednesday the 23rd when we left to go to a memorial service in Tulsa, the temperature was 2 degrees! By the time we got to the first tollbooth on the Cimarron Turnpike, freezing rain was falling, instantly obscuring sight through the windshield. It made for a long drive, adding at least 45 minutes to our trip. After the service and lunch, snow had fallen on top of the thick layer of ice. We got home safely but the cold temperatures kept coming, reminding us of our reason for wintering in Yuma.
After a long, cold week, we turned in the rental car and Tim and Heidi, LeRoy and I boarded a plane for Hawaii! I’ll write about that trip another day. And now we are back in sunny Yuma. What a trip!