November 25 – December 2, 2009
Thanksgiving at Maryann’s parent’s home was amazing! There were 15 people around the table, ranging in age from 11 months (Jimmie’s granddaughter, Zoie) to 89 years (Maryann’s dad, Gorvan). Jimmie Sue made most of the meal herself with additions by Mom and Maryann. The food and fellowship were wonderful – Jimmie lead us in sincere prayers of gratitude for God’s allowing us to be together as a family. Of course the meal was followed by card-playing and catching-up with each other’s lives. Precious little Zoie was the star of the gathering.
The days after Thanksgiving were spent “enjoying” the snow and cold and shopping in nearby Billings. Maryann worshipped with a small Lutheran congregation in Laurel on Sunday; folks were very welcoming. Several days were spent in target-practice, as Keith and Maryann got more familiar with their new pistols. Todd and Skip, Maryann’s brother, added their expertise and advice. While there, Stephanie interviewed Grandpa Gorvan for a college paper on gun control.
Stephanie and her family drove back to Gillette on Saturday, November 28th. Keith and Maryann remained in Laurel until the next Wednesday, December 2nd. It was hard leaving Maryann’s mom and dad. We are all hopeful that Gorvan will be having a back procedure soon that will decrease his pain and increase his mobility and quality of life. (Even on heavy-duty pain meds, he still plays a mean game of Cribbage!)