Carlee and Howard Hallman grew up in the Middle West: she (nee Bengtson) in Galesburg, Illinois as a Lutheran, he in Pittsburg, Kansas as a Methodist. They met at a young adult group at First Methodist Church, Germantown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They married and became parents of two daughters, Beth and Joy. Howard’s work took them to New Haven and then to Washington, D.C.
After their children were grown Carlee at age 51 entered Wesley Seminary to become a United Methodist minister. She served small congregations in Maryland for eleven years. Upon retirement she was a volunteer chaplain at a local nursing home, wrote a devotional column for Mature Years magazine for a year and a half, and led a women’s circle in the local church. In 2006 Abingdon Press published her book, Abide with Me: Prayers for Life’s Eventide.
Howard’s career has been in public service, dealing with such matters as housing, neighborhood improvement, manpower training, citizen participation, metropolitan governance, and world peace issues. He wrote nine books on these subjects. Throughout his life has been active in local churches, often serving on the social action committee. He recently published a book, Living in God’s Kingdom: Here and Now.
In the autumn of 2011 they decided to relocate to a continuing care retirement community. In April 2012 they moved to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This book reflects their journey.
Their two daughters and a grandson have been supportive as they entered this new phase of life.