Away she goes!

Summer of...

Change? Upheaval? Transition?


Rusty's dad passed away peacefully on Friday while awaiting heart surgery that was scheduled for Monday.

Though they were never close, there was an accord which developed over the past several years. I only met him twice, myself; once when Kate was an infant and he visited us in Oregon, and when he and his wife made a trip to Wisconsin in the '90s.

Rest in peace Smokey.


Gunther "Smokey" Mothes
Dec. 1, 1928 - Sep. 9, 2016



Sending Rusty, and all of you, peace and solace at this time. xox


Complicated relationships can make for complicated grief. I hope you and Rusty make your way through this time with peace and healing.


I am sorry to hear this sad news, but am glad that there was an element of peacefulness and accord. Sending condolences and peace.

Cynthia Escamilla

It's always painful when a parent passes, even when the relationship was never close. You are not alone. I wish you peaceful acceptance, love and forgiveness in the days to come.


I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family. xxx


I'm sorry for your loss. Friday was a bad day all around...my mother-in-law passed away Friday morning.


Carole said it perfectly, complicated relationships do indeed make for complicated grief. Sending you and Rusty my love - be easy with yourselves in the coming days. XO

Gale Zucker (she shoots sheep shots)

So sorry. Thinking of you and your family.

Mel Kolstad

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope everyone involved can be at peace. It's so difficult/weird/sad/confusing when a parent dies. So much is wrapped up in the parent-child relationship. Thinking of both of you!


it has indeed been a summer of all that. keeping you and Rusty close in my thoughts. xoxo.


Hugs for Rusty. Sorry for the family's loss.


Thinking of you and your family and sending waves of compassion and care. So sorry.


I am so very sorry. There has been way too much of this in 2016. xo


Another Smokey!


I'm so sorry.


Peace and comfort to all of you, Vicki. XO

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