Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Saying So Long…For Now


After returning home from our camping adventure last week Mike began his painting of the house. Between the two of us we have scraped and primed the other side of the house.  I scrape and he paints.  There are many times we look at each other and wonder why??  I know, I know we chose to purchase another house but it is beginning to keep us from doing what we really love....camping/traveling!!!!  Don't get me wrong,we love our home, it is comfortable and is truly "us."  Oh well, perhaps one day we will revisit "downsizing" to an apartment or condo so somebody else can do the yard and maintenance.


Not long after returning to Lagrange we met a truly wonderful couple that we have grown to love.  We met them, of all places, while eating lunch at Wendy's.  It seems they eat there most every day at lunch.  They not only eat there every day, they eat in the same booth (if at all possible) and they eat the same item(s) from the menu.  In case you haven't guessed by now, they are an older couple.  Older but in excellent shape both mind and body.  We started out by just having a few "small talk" kind of conversations.  Then we realized these two have a keen sense of humor...very sharp and you have to be on your toes to participate. 

Life has a way of moving on and for this special couple they have decided that it is time for them to move closer to their children. So after thirty years of retired living in LaGrange, they will be making a move to Illinois.  Their son has added a spectacular suite for them onto his home.  Their new place will overlook a beautiful pool and they are so excited about being close to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  We are happy for them but will really miss them and their amazing sense of humor and wit.  We've grown close to them over the past several years.


Today we invited them over for a brunch.  We cut up some fresh fruit, made some poppy seed lemon bread and banana nut muffins.  That along with orange juice and coffee rounded out our morning menu.  As always, it was the company and fellowship that was the best.  We will miss you Sherman and Patty...may God bless you both!!!

It appears the Casita might be making its way toward Illinois in the near future to visit this special family.  Isn't it a blessing to have friends EVERYWHERE!!!!

Good friends are like stars.  You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.”


  1. I enjoyed "meeting" Sherman and Patty through your blog. Wishing them a lovely life back home near the kids.

  2. It's always hard to say goodbye to good friends. I would say that a trip to Illinois is in your future! Good luck with the painting of the house.

  3. That's a great story about how you met your friends. Too bad they are moving on but it seems like it will be good for them and will give you another reason to travel. Good luck with the painting.

  4. What a special couple you had the pleasure of knowing and loving. Their son sounds like he has his priorities in order. What a wonderful, thoughtful thing to build them their own suite. I bet the entire family is so excited that they will be moving in.

    I see several road trips in your Illinois that is.

  5. I sooo get it that you miss the camping...Wish we didn't have this big stix and brix to deal with...I could be on the road in a heartbeat, but MacGyver needs a home base...Hmmmm, would love to see you in Illinois, although most of it isn't very scenic..

  6. Selling our high-maintenance house and moving into our condo was the best decision we ever made. If not, I would be back home right now addressing the 'fix-it' list. A list which, BTW, never seemed to grow shorter. I'm just saying - I feel your pain.

  7. sad to say 'so long' to your friends, but I do believe it would be a great reason to say 'road trip'!!!

  8. Lovely story .... Good friends are hard to find .... Glad you were able to have such a great time together !!!

  9. I will miss your photos.....enjoyed stopping by this morning on your blog. Follow your hearts....I truly understand the demands on taking care of the sticks and bricks.....but it does get very overwhelming. We someday will have to come to terms with the pleasure and beauty of our home and property vs freedom of its caretaking demands. When? Not sure, but its getting closer to that time. Take care you two. ((hugs)) Tricia

  10. One of our pleasures in traveling is again visiting friends we have made while on the road. At this time we are in Houston at the home of such a couple.

    You, too, will get to visit with your dear friends. How, funny - lunch everyday at Wendy's of all places. Now, Applebees' - that's a different story!

  11. What a great story....I thinks its those types of meeting/friendships that gives life the "icing"...thanks for sharing...I hope Your Casita gets to stretch its legs Soon. :) Horst sends


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