A week before we left for Germany, Herr's aunt passed away after a long and intense struggle with cancer. The memorial service was held that Friday, so we had to figure out what to do quickly. After much debate, we decided to make the twelve hour drive there the day before, and make the twelve hour drive back the day after so we still had time to prepare for Germany.Herr amazingly did all the driving. He really wanted to be there for his cousins and uncle, so I bought all new tires with the money I didn't have. We made a point to stop in Greensburg, KS to see how the town is doing after the tornado (aerial photos if you are not familiar). Everyone really appreciated us making extra effort to be there, and I'm glad I could help Herr decide to do so. We spent several hours talking about what could be done with the time constraints and no money… we were lucky his uncle had a friend with a house available. The house was lovely too, with a great view of Albuquerque.
We hope to visit his uncle there again under better circumstances. In Germany, Herr made it a point to light candles for his aunt at some of the churches we visited. The least we could do.