Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Busy and fulfilling weekend

This past weekend was one of closure for our family. Mom wanted to be cremated and to have her ashes buried next to dad but also requested that the small amount of ashes remaining of Koops that she had kept in an urn in her home be put in the ground with her.

Robert was already here and then Nancy, Paul and Cole flew up for a visit so that we were able to have a small family gathering at the grave on friday. Nancy's good friend, Julianna, joined us and of course my neighbor, Nilda, who was one of mom's dearest friends and stood up for her when mom married my stepdad. It was a small gathering and after both sets of cremains were safely in the ground I chose to read from the Bible and then we all took turns having our time to say our final goodbye.

I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do but on thursday I decided that it might be a good idea to use the same exact reading that mom had asked me to read at her wedding to my stepdad back in 1992 and since it spoke of LOVE I thought it would be fitting since now mom is resting and is at peace with both of her husbands. I read from the book of Corinthians...well I'm sure most of you know it...the last of it goes like this...But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Love certainly describes my mom...she loved with her whole heart and soul and always made you feel loved and special no matter what. I know that now she is resting and is with her 2 loves and soulmates. Rest in peace, mother...I miss you so very much but I know that you are in a better place and that you are happy.

There are just so many good photos that we got from this past weekend so I'll just post a few.




Aunt Nancy giving Alex a hug after getting off the plane, this was Alex's first time seeing his new baby cousin and he was pretty excited to see Cole.


Nancy's Co-Workers all chipped in and sent us a beautiful arrangement and chocolate covered strawberries from Edible arrangements, what a wonderful treat for all of us to enjoy.

Uncle Jimmy with Cole

Jesse with Cole

Uncle Robert with Cole

Alex with Cole

Robert with Cole

Me and Cole

7 comments:

april said...
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april said...

love
Madeleine

Just A Scrappy Gal said...

Ohhhhh look how big Cole is getting now :) So cute!

Sounds like the entire weekend was perfect for you all.

Lots of hugs

June said...

Cole is adorable, love each picture with each person. What a wonderful way to honor your Mom and both her husbands. We had those same verses read at our wedding.

Hugging you with my heart my dear friend.

Laura said...

Tears in my eyes again Lin.

Sounds beautiful and just perfect! LOVE the pictures, love your family! Miss you guys. Hope to see you soon. (((hugs)))

mama j said...

Cole is sooooooooooo gorgeous!!! Oh my word--I had to enlarge every photo, just to look at his beautiful features!!!!!! Love the look he's giving (your son) Robert--like "what is that hairy stuff on his face?" TOOOO CUTE!

Glad you could all be together, to close, yet one more chapter, on this journey. It's always bittersweet--I recall, just like it was y'day, when we flew up to Center, in June (Father's Day weekend), after D's dad passed away in April of 04. We had "dealt" w/ the mourning, etc.--so we thought--but to place him in his final resting place--it was, of course, bittersweet, but so comforting to know it was done and his cremains were where he had wanted them to be--back in L.I.

You're continually in my thoughts. Praying each day continues to bring you peace and healing.

xoxo.

ScrapnKel said...

I felt like I was there with you while reading this post. I'm so glad you have closure and it sounds like you really handled it perfectly for all in your family. I found it hard to handle the scattering of the ashes, actually. I think my dad did too and he decided to do it all alone on their new property they bought. All-in-all they are in peace. God Bless you and your family!