End of a Great Day


Ron shows off his pie

The host with the most is my husband, Ron Schmitz. He took the initiative to invite Beth M. Howard, the daughter of his old friends from Iowa to come here at the end of her The World Needs More Pie tour before continuing back home to the U.S. He invited a group of our friends to join him for a pie making class, though they did not know each other.

It turned into a joyous experience of sharing, laughter, and community. All of the components that Beth tries to promote and advocates for with her pie making seminars. It just fell into place, no prompting needed.

As I watched, photographed, and posted the events of the day, it was gratifying to see how a number of people who were strangers to each other, leave here with new friendships and fantastic memories.

It was a great day! Thank you, honey…

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.