The Obit.

The obituary for Grandpa.


Goodbye, Dear Grandpa

Alfred "Mutt" Spiehler
June 5, 1929 - August 23, 2007

I love you so much, Grandpa. I miss you already and I can't wait to see you again. Thank you for being a precious Grandpa. This little girl couldn't have wished for more, except more time with you. Even though I am weeping, I am excited because I know you are healthy again and your body suffers no longer. I will love you forever, I promise.


"If You Want Me To"

The pathway is broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don't know the reason why you brought me here
But just because you love me the way that you do
I'm gonna walk through the valley
If you want me to

'Cause I'm not who I was
When I took my first step
And I'm clinging to the promise you're not through with me yet
So if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will go through the fire
If you want me to

It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that's not my home
But you never said it would be easy
You only said I'll never go alone

So when the whole world turns against me
And I'm all by myself
And I can't hear you answer my cries for help
I'll remember the suffering your love put you through
And I will go through the valley
If you want me to

- Ginny Owens


Hanging out in Newport, RI.

Fun on Cape Cod

A Tour of Nantucket Island.


Seaside Sunset

Plymouth, MA.

Sally Sells Sea Shells

How are vacation choices made?

Some people go by reference. Some people have an annual favorite spot. Some people use a tour guide. Some people use the weather guide.

Which way did the Koons family choose this year?


Yes, after a number of weather searches to various cities in the USA, the Koons family chose the East Coast because temperatures would not reach 90. In other words, we got as far away from sticky Indiana heat and humidity as we could!

Random observation: East Coasters are not given to superfluous advertising. Here are a few examples of to-the-point retail which have been amusing:
Eat n' Park restaurant
Dunkin' Doughnuts (They really are everywhere)
Stop & Shop grocery
Nice n' Clean carwash

Off to the beach! Ok, not really but sounds nice, right?


On My Mind


Wedding Photos

The photographer has uploaded some of Megan and Kc's photos on his blog. They're gorgeous!

She's a Yellow Rose?

Some friends from San Antonio came to Indianapolis for Megan's wedding. While they were here, they worked to make Meredith a Texan. They brought her a cowgirl dress and taught her to say "Hook 'Em Horns!"

Get the video version here.


If Happy Little Bluebirds Fly, Why Can't I?

Part of the life maturation process is learning how to cope. Time doesn't always allow you the absorption and reflection you wish, because the next thing on the list is impatiently waiting to be ex-ed. It's all about functioning thoughtfully while multi-tasking. Mothers, you are an inspiration.

If I had all the time in the world, I would write long about the mission trip to Pittsburgh and how it has impacted my world. But since my maid-of-honor speech is still in a nebulous thought-process only, I must leave with saying only that it was fantastic.

Time. A Balancing Act. Life. A Crazy Circus.

I hope I get the hang of it someday.