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Back to California for a Special Day to Honor Mom

After delivering Zoe to her family, Karen and I started our return trip to California on July 30th via Coos Bay, Oregon and Fortuna, CA. We took three days to get back to the Herrick's vineyard property in Healdsburg, CA. We really appreciate Lorri and Greg providing us a base of operation with full hook-ups.

Karen and I both spent a couple days working when we returned. She is helping with the transition with her replacement at Total Concepts and I did three fire investigations for FCA. Our main reason for returning was to help the family with Karen's mother, Marilyn Hilen's memorial celebration on August 14th. After losing mom last year on August 12, 2021 we had to delay honoring her memory due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions on travel and gatherings.

In hindsight this was probably a blessing in disguise, because it allowed us all time grieve the loss before her memorial. On Friday, August 12th, the family started arriving. We had a spontaneous dinner party that night at Chevy's Mexican restaurant. On Saturday, another gathering at Karen's brother Keith's condo clubhouse for a barbecue. And finally on Sunday, a beautiful memorial with family and friend at the Wild Oaks Saddle Club.

The memorial was a wonderful tribute to a great lady, mother and friend. Stories and memories were shared about mom's life. Laughter and tears punctuated moments during the afternoon celebration. Throughout the day I felt her spirit and I know in my heart she was smiling, laughing and crying with all of us. Our loss is Heaven's gain.


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