Well...the oldest boy is settling into beach-side life well.
Already sending back those photos of the outside temp is 85 degrees...or "Mom, everything is green and beautiful here and I am outside in shorts and NO SHIRT." Making the transformation from Hoosier to Floridian.
Also only about an hour or so from our Middle son...and they have already exchanged calls and soon to get together. And yes...a visit after he gets situated is in-the-works!
Working out the details (CS, visitations,et al) with the kids and both Moms have assured me ample "Grandma Rose" time. Going to sit down with them and work on Valentines stuff...for both the Moms and Dad. Everyone agreeing that what is most important is the well-being of the kids. And a new photo-collage of both girls and Brenden sent by Donna.
Kelly sent the details of Dwight's funeral...including quite a few of the Texas members who were there...played music...they even had Dwight's acoustic guitar on a stand at the front by his coffin.
~The half hour before the service was a once-around 'circle': Mike, Stan, an MP3 of Al's piano song, Raf, Tom with Robert back-up, then Robert solo. Then Sue and I joined, and the whole group did the opening song, Amazing Grace. The pastor shared some words, then one of Dwight's daughters, and finally uncle Milton. We ended with the whole group again, doing Old Rugged Cross. There was some recorded music and then Mike did some instrumentals during the final viewing and exit of the casket.
I didn't get to thank the church's sound guy, Lance, but by all accounts, he made us all sound great.
At the graveside, there were some more prayers and comments by the pastor, then several people shared their memories of Dwight. I read some sent in by Cea. Bev's sister (?), who has a good voice btw, sang two verses of I Have Decided To Follow Jesus. We closed with an a cappella reprise of Amazing Grace.
I'm sure everyone felt the same as me: it was an honor, both to serve and comfort Dwight's family with music, and to represent all the RMMGA musicians who were so dear to him. ~
He was an amazing person and we will (all) miss him.