Wind blew gently, helping us spread the ashes near a familiar stream in a location dear to the hearts of all the Knocke women present (Donna’s mom’s family). Stories, laughter and tears helped us say goodbye to Aunt Dorothy, both by the stream and at her memorial. Thank you for asking with us that God might work in hearts in this sensitive time. Slick was able to tactfully share a few words of perspective at the memorial as he MC’ed the evening. Who knows what God might do with those seeds?

Further west, Slick’s dad successfully transitioned back to Minnesota, happy to be in his familiar cold while temps here soar to the 80s and sun glares daily. We felt blessed to be able to serve him for a short time, at least.

Still further west, here in Phoenix, the girls each won their age groups in a local triathlon! We were also able to use the AZ state masters swim meet as an excuse to reconnect with a close friend of Slick’s in Tucson.

The latest? We continue to serve in small ways and to toss around a variety of ideas for ministry in the next chapter of our lives. Thus, we continue to covet your prayers for patience and clear guidance for our future in general. As we pray each day, how might we come alongside you and your heart’s cry?

Knocke women (left to right, back row) Deb, Donna, Diane, Martha

Visit to a friend’s farm, complete with cows, goats, chickens, ducks and an Australian shepherd dog