I think I mentioned awhile back that we have started the process of getting Mom and Dad’s boats sold. Thankfully Nellie has been handling most of it, and the process is moving quickly. She got an email from the broker yesterday that the semi-truck will be there next week to pick up the big boat.
Um, what? Next week? Yikes.
As you can imagine we will be very happy to say goodbye to that boat. The crazy in me will probably hate that boat for the rest of my life. I think it’s ok to hate a boat. It did steal our parents after all.
It’s very bittersweet though because when Nellie called me and told me they will come get the boat next week, I was so depressed all day. I was on the verge of complete breakdown. It’s like saying goodbye all over again.
Mom and Dad had a picture in their house, I think that they got from Nellie, that said, “The most important things in life aren’t things.” And so it’s not the boat itself that I’m going to miss of course. It’s the thousands of memories we have on that boat.
Before they built their house in Chamberlain, Mom and Dad lived on the boat 6 months out of the year. And when I say they lived on it, they actually lived on it. The other 6 months, when it was 40 below zero, they had a little apartment they lived in. Even after they built the house, they would still stay on it all the time. And of course all of us kids and grand kids spent many nights and days on it.
The other thing I was thinking about was the family that Mom and Dad were a part of at the Cedar Shores marina. They were called “the boat people” and they were a family. Mom and Dad cherished the friendships they had with all the boat people. So it’s sad to think about losing that family too because unfortunately we just won’t be interested in boating or fishing for awhile. (But we know that they will always be there for us and have been through this whole ordeal!)
The kids were practically born on the boat! Angel’s first summer!
Caleb’s first summer…He and Jim are sitting at the docks on Jim’s boat.
Driving the big boat the following summer.
“King of the World!” with Aunt Nellie!
Jim and Leana’s wedding – their reception was on the boat… Nellie, Leana’s Mom, Dad and brother, Leana and Jim, and Mom and Dad. Oh and Charlie! I almost forgot Charlie!
I have about a million pictures I could share but I think it’ll be too depressing to look through them all right now. So I’ll just share some of the last pictures we took on the boat. This was the end of April last year when the kids and I went out to visit. The kids went one last time for a few days with Grama and Papa the end of May and actually slept on the boat – which honestly is pretty scary to think about but they were docked at the marina so didn’t use the generator.
With the broker coming to get the boat next week, we have to get it ready. And when I say we I mean Pat. As you can imagine none of us are too keen on stepping foot on that boat. But Pat has graciously volunteered to do it. It hasn’t been cleaned since June and we are pretty sure there are still all kinds of things on it…Dad’s tools, Mom’s books, decorations, clothes, dishes, etc., and we have to decide what all we want to leave to be sold with the boat.
So tomorrow morning we will be heading to Chamberlain to take care of that. Thankfully it’s going to be pretty nice. Tracy is also going and he and I are going to work on cleaning the house as we’ll be listing it next week to be sold.
Well, I’m out of words. We covet your prayers tomorrow and in the days ahead. Life is hard. But God is good.