Thanks to all for the good thoughts and concern. We are doing okay. We
are very blessed and very lucky all siblings are in agreement on every
aspect of the details after Mom's passing. The past four days have been
busy. We have sorted through and distributed all the contents of Mom's
house. We four children chose any items we wanted to keep first, the
five grandchildren chose second (along with the great grandchildren) and
then the friends and neighbors. Anything left will be donated. Mom
would have given the shirt off her back to a total stranger therefore we
gave everything away instead of trying to sell it. We had lots of help
these past few days to get this job accomplished. I counted close to 20
people pitching in. This in itself shows how much my Mother was loved.
My sister will be moving into Mom's house. Lori has a two story house
but would prefer a one story house. It was sad to clean out Mom and
Dad's house but it was okay since the house will still be in the family.
Daddy built a fort in the backyard when Tyler was very young. Every
grandchild and great grandchild since then has played on that fort. We
hated the thoughts of future grandchildren missing out on Poppy's fort.
By Lori living in the house we will still be able to visit the home
place. We will probably make her host all holiday events. lol
Mom passed away on Monday, June 25th. As you know I had told Michael to
stay on the trail. He didn't mind me. Tyler and I were heading to town
for the visitation at 4pm Tuesday evening and he walked through the
door. Of course I burst out in tears and fussed because he came home.
I was so afraid he would not return to the trail if he came home. As it
turns out Wiffle Ball came home with Michael as insurance he would
return to the trail. Michael has a big beard, he has lost 20 pounds and
he was stinky. Wiffle was so good to drive Michael from New York and
elsewhere (a total of 13 hours) in order to be here for my Mother's
services. The funeral was Wednesday and Michael spoke at the service.
He did a great job. Michael and Wiffle left Thursday morning to head
back to the trail. Tyler left Friday morning to head back to Memphis.
They have both called to check in. I miss them and look forward to
seeing them soon. I am doing fine.
Many of these posts are by Shelia Campbell, Michael's wife <3
Bath County, Kentucky resident, Michael Campbell, is hiking the entire Appalachian Trail to raise funds for the not-for-profit group dedicated to protecting Kentucky’s native forests, Kentucky Heartwood. Michael, a long-time member of Kentucky Heartwood, began his hike on March 22 at Springer Mountain, Georgia. By the first of September, after covering 2,181 miles of trail by foot, Michael will reach Katadhin Mountain in Maine and complete the entire trail.