After a long, drawn out layover in Paris, with no news for sure of when he'd get a flight home and standing in line from 6 am til 3 pm or so, Ron finally left Paris several hours late. He then missed his flight from Chicago to Cedar Rapids. Cameron, Rachel Ethan and I were waiting for him at the airport when we got a phone call from him saying he'd just landed in Chicago. So, he got a hotel in Chicago, the kids and I got a hotel in Cedar Rapids, and we finally met him at the airport on Sunday morning at 11. What a joyful reunion!
While on the way home, we got a phone call from our "Iowa family" saying that Simon, their 22 year old grandson, had killed himself that morning. So, after a very "up" morning, we were quite "down" pretty quickly. We are so sad for Grandma Marge and Grandpa Richard and their family. We love them dearly, and it hurts us to see them hurting so badly. We knew Simon well, having shared Easter dinner and visits with him for many years. He was in my 5/6 confirmation class several years ago. He was a troubled fella with a great heart...kind heart, and always was willing to sit and chat. We continue to pray for them, and do what we can to help them in this horrible time.