Friday, October 20, 2006

Mertia and Harvey Hamn

This picture was taken at the log cabin church in the country near Cecil Lake, British Columbia on September 30, 2006 of Terry and I and Terry’s first cousins Harvey and Mertia Hamn. This church, located about a mile from Harv and Merts home, is where they had a celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary in 2003.

We arrived at their home in the afternoon of September 29. They were both happy to see us. Mert had a delicious dinner ready in the log cabin home that they built themselves. We had conversations and looked at pictures about our travels and family and looked at photos of their four children and grandchildren. Mert also showed me samples of her writing and her oil paintings. She is an accomplished artist with both her pen and her paintbrush. Harv, a retired teacher, was in remission of his cancer and was able to walk and visit with us. It was good to have the RV parked in their yard so we could both visit and have our privacy. We enjoyed the food but even more we enjoyed our fellowship with them.

When we arrived at Lake Havasu in Arizona, our computer service quit working. We drove over 400 miles round trip to Gila Bend, AZ to acquire new parts for the satellite receiver. Terry spent more time tweaking the system and on the phone to supporters of Direcway to get our system operational. Finally, we received all our emails.

We were both saddened and surprised to hear that Harvey Hamn passed away on September 17. We were told that he had his whole family at his bedside. His funeral is on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006. Harv had fought his cancer for several years. By listening to his prayers before our meals and the stories of his life, it was evident that he was a Christian and is in a better place. All his family and friends will miss him very much.