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As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian: The Dream Unfolds, Part 1

By Rich and Dianne O'Brian

October 18, 2023

I’m not sure when I started thinking about such a journey, let alone seriously considered the possibility that it might actually come to pass.

I mentioned to Dianne one day, sort of off the top of my head, that I would like for us to get in the car and motor down through the part of the country where I grew up, finished college, and served churches.

I’m “getting up there” as they say, so I wistfully thought such a trip would be something I’d like to accomplish before I die.

Dianne caught the vision and surprised me one day with the suggestion that we do it. So, we began to lay out the plan and on Sunday afternoon, September 10, we struck out on our vacation.

It had come to pass!


We laid out a plan for our “Odyssey,” the title given to our trip by our son, Todd. We would travel a certain distance each day of the approximately two weeks with goals for what and whom we would see.

The drive took us all the way across the state of Kansas, and around St. Louis. We had planned to have a few hours to visit with our very good friend Pastor Ken Grant. Pastor Ken had served our church in Eads, Colorado before moving on to a pastorate in Kentucky.

Together with Ken we had agreed to meet at a certain Kentucky highway exit as we traveled but a change in Ken’s unavoidable family plans, our visit had to be scrubbed. No problem! We simply planned to meet on our way back home to Colorado near the end of our journey.

What next? We travelled on to spend the night and part of the following day with my brother Russell Otis Caughron and his lovely and patient wife, Edna. It was an incredible time spent at their Murfreesboro, Tennessee home. For the first time we had an opportunity to visit with Russ and Edna’s children, Ken and Betty and their children. It was terrific.

It had been several years since I had spent time with my brother. Russ is eleven years younger than I, our careers and education choices had served to keep us apart. The following is just a nice way for me to mention that Russ is a graduate of the “other” school in the State of Alabama. Okay, I’ll actually use the word... Auburn. Ouch! This is hard for a Crimson Tide fan.

After we laughed, reminisced, and shed our goodbye tears, we hit the road and set out for our first stop in my home state.

Join Dianne and me next week for “The Dream Unfolds” Part Two, right here in The Garden of Eads.

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