Saying Goodbye

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We both had some wonderful send-offs this week, our last week of work.  People make the job and leaving so many wonderful friends was very hard – but the world awaits us!

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A beautiful, thoughtful going away gift for Shawn from her co-workers brought on the waterworks! IMG_7531


We met at Founders Brewing, downtown Grand Rapids, on Friday night for our send-off party.  Our daughter, Aimee, surprised us by flying home from Anchorage, Alaska to join the party!  What a beautiful, fun surprise!!!

Mom surprised at Founders

Our oldest and youngest children- Matt and Aimee, 2nd pic is Jim and Luke – at our send-off party:


We are truly blessed. Thank you to all who came out last night for our send-off party last night!

I’m still amazed that the kids came out – Aimee from Alaska(!) and Matt & Luke from Detroit. We were missing our middle child, Walt and his wife, Leanne, but certainly didn’t expect them to join us.  It is a long, expensive trip – especially for a young couple who just bought their first home and are expecting a baby!  (Plus, we just saw them over Easter!)

So many friends! We love you all and are so very thankful for your prayers and encouragement.

Remember, if you haven’t seen it, the movie recommendation for the weekend is Joe vs the Volcano.

Shawn and Jim at Founders from Jamie Rueffer



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