Philippians 1:3
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you!

I am overwhelmed and exhausted from the gatherings of these past nine days! For someone like me, who has “worked” at her hobby, and has not earned a lot of money in the process (b y not having a full time job 🙂 I am SO fortunate and blessed to have had contact with, relationships with and been blessed by so many people. I have had my fingers in so many pies, it’s absolutely crazy. I want to spend time with each and every one of you!

It all started last Saturday, April 6, when Donna and David from the Detroit Concert Choir hosted a party for us at their house. There was SO much food, made by SO many wonderful people! The highlight was the choir singing the Irish Blessing:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again.
May God hold you
in the palm of His hand.

On Sunday morning, my church had a yummy cake reception for us!

On Sunday afternoon, Bradford Anderson (organist) and I hosted an Old Fashioned Hymn Sing at our church, Crosspointe Christian Church for about 50-60 people. We had such a great time singing the old favorites for about an hour and Bradford and I played three duets together, which we love to do! A swingy bluesy version of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” was my personal favorite!

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

On Friday, Norma Sander, my “old” friend and hallmate from U of M had the Royal Oak Music teachers over for a send off. We are a mixed bag of ladies who love music, kids and having a good time! I will take with me a seat belt purse (reminder of Detroit) from these ladies, as well as many great memories!

On Saturday, many women friends had brunch at Joy Crawford’s house while we shopped for silver jewelry, ate some yummy food and donated money to ALS research in honor of Judy, Kevin and Regis. I was able to earn my favorite piece too!

On Sunday, our church gave us a goodbye reception in between services and gift of a lovely meal at Morton’s Steakhouse to be enjoyed when we get to Portland.

Sunday afternoon, Bradford Anderson (organist and friend at Crosspointe Christian Church), and I hosted a hymn Sing at the church. We had a great time and Monica Koehler recorded our last duet together.

Jerry Wyrick, our WorshipPastor, offered a lovely prayer for us.

Today, my friend Lauri Moore hosted a warm, cozy open house for us “Lauri-Style”! The food was fantastic and the desserts were decadent! It was such a lovely afternoon chatting and noshing with so many church buds! And…. Liz Craft so kindly entertained us with her Inspirations!

In the afternoon some of my dearest Dondero “girlfriends” (Ashley Heidrich, Sarah Herzberg Sparks, Kaitlyn Hahn and Breanna Byrnes) planned a gathering of Alumni at a Royal Oak Piano Bar. What an appropriate place! Joining the youngsters (!) were Leslie Whalin, Jerry LeCureux and some parents! We talked, sang and ate LOTS! We attempted to redo “Never Alone” and also sang “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” – quite well I might add!

I am overwhelmed by each and every one of you! I love each one and please know how special you are to me! I will be thinking of you often and praying for you all! Thank you for making my leaving very difficult but at the same time, very special!

And now… I need to set my mind to PACKING, not PARTYING!

Like I said, I am overwhelmed……and exhausted! Thank you so much….and Good Night!




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