It was a good week-end and I am just coming down off the high of great-niece's graduation -- Abigail from Central High School in Cheyenne Wyoming. What a treat from beginning to end -- I started off with lunch with high school friend, Judy Haas Broeder. We talked and talked some more and covered everything from politics to health, to religion, to family and laughed and loved all over again as we do each time we get together. Friday evening after graduation Margy and Cole hosted a picnic for us at the park in Cheyenne (Abby's folks). The wind did not cooperate, but we had time for visits and pictures and much love passed between us all. Then breakfast with Paul and Karen Everett. Paul and I worked together for 9 years at Zion Lutheran in Glendive. Besides being a good friend, a co-worker in ministry, he was my mentor in the faith and taught me all the basics of what it means to be a pastor "to the flock". Iced tea on the front porch at cousin Lisa's was more laughter and love. Her dad is my cousin and the "patriarch" of the family. She, her husband and kids all have a good friendship with Cole and Margy.
The prairies from Glendive to Cheyenne were "golf course" green and the temperature was sublime. Margy saw the Yiddish Food Festival was at the Synagogue in Cheyenne on Sunday so we went over. The food, especially pastries were wonderful, then there was a clyzmer band which was straight out of "Fiddler on the Roof" and then some classic folk dances.
Abby had members of both her families there so that was fun as well. On Sunday we worshiped at Ascension Lutheran Church in Cheyenne. They had a coffee for graduates so Abby was one of the guests. It was good to see the family as they are a part of the worshiping congregation and the Pastor, Wes Aardahl, is an old friend from Zion in Glendive where he grew up and our parents were friends. Small world.
Now some pictures: