May 26th-31st ~ Hume, Illinois ~
Tim is from a split family, as many of our friends are. Growing up in a small farming community, everyone knows everyone. When we come back to his home town area, we try to visit as many of his family members as we can.
This week was no exception.
Tim’s father passed away at the end of 2013. We started our visit staying in Hume with his step-mom, Nancy.
As is customary back here, Memorial Day is a day of gratitude for those who served in the armed forces, remembrance of those who did not return and appreciation for those currently serving.
A memorial service was done at the local park and Tim and I were happy to be included.
A small band played, local veterans presented the flag and a memorial wreath.
What I especially loved about the wreath is that a flower was removed from the grave after the service of each veteran from this tight knit community. Nancy pointed out the yellow flower that had been removed from Tim’s dad’s gravesite.
The service moved over to the local cemetery where people gathered to pay their respects and a 21-gun-salute was fired off.
A luncheon was served afterwards at the community center. A wide variety of home-made pies capped off the meal.
Belated Mother’s Day Celebration
Later in the week we took Nancy for a belated Mother’s Day meal and followed it with us girls getting a Manicure/Pedicure together. Then a visit with his Aunt Micky and Uncle Melvin.
Melvin had been quite the dare-devil motorcycle racer back in his prime.
We also managed to keep busy getting insurance estimates for Nancy’s car which had suffered some hail damage, a wonderful beef and noodles dinner with Betty and Eldon, some repair work on Nancy’s foundation and learning how to play Euchre.
UP NEXT: We will spend the rest of the week with his mom’s side of the family and attend his niece Ashley’s wedding.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we got to experience the warmth and community of Hume. From the Memorial Day service, to the meals, to the visits, to playing Euchre, we once again got to mingle with good-hearted people who made us feel welcome.