A very dear friend of our passed away last week, and we attended his wake and funeral services this past weekend. Jess (the lovely man on the right of this photo) was SUCH a sweet and funloving man. We met Jess and Donna (as well as our good friends Pete and Anne also shown in this photo) MANY years ago when we were part of a group that formed at a new area casino, Harveys. We all be came fast friends and our friendships from the initial meeting have lasted nearly 20 years. Jess and Sterling were especially close, as they loved to talk about Jess' two tours in the Marines in the 1950's, and Sterling's tour in the Army in Vietnam in the 1960's. At the wake, Donna was presented with an American flag and the local VFW was represented and played taps, which brought tears to everyone's eyes. After the funeral, we gathered at the local VFW and shared tears and smiles and stories of our dear friend, who LOVED to tell jokes and make us all smile. Jess will be missed, but we were so lucky to have known him and blessed to have him in our lives.
I am married to my best friend. My DH is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and we've been married now for 29 years. I have two wonderful adult children who are proof that there are at least two things I've done right in my life. They make me so proud. And I have a 3-year old grandson, Jonas, who shows me the world all fresh and new through his eyes - he makes me smile out loud every single day!