Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
If I could be there, I would place bouquets of roses on Mom & Dad's marker. But it is over 500 miles away and I won't be there, so I'll have to send bouquets in my mind. Mom probably would have preferred them to be pink. But Dad would definitely want red.
The arrangement Dad let us get for Mom!
Mom slipped away from us in May & her viewing was on Memorial Day of that year. She was surrounded with beautiful bouquets that she would have thought were way too extravagant for her. Dad was a very frugal man. But when it came to picking out the arrangement for her casket, he told us to get whatever we thought Mom would like! So we splurged with his money!
Carol & baby Parker saying goodbye to Mom
Little did we know that Dad would also slip away from us just 16 months later. As we made plans for his service, we all agreed that we wanted military rites at the graveside. The American Legion came & were so reverent & dignified. The trumpeter began to play "Taps" and then we were all surprised as another Veteran began reciting the words to the song. I'm not sure anyone there had ever
heard them before or
even knew there were such words.
Time takes some of the sharp edge of grief away, yet there is always something that will trigger a memory of the life we shared with them. I'm so thankful they are safely in the arms of their Saviour!
We were celebrating Carol's 40th birthday & decided to go have a little "visit with Mom"...not knowing that we would be returning in less than 3 weeks to let Dad lay beside her
The American Legion Veterans & the 21 gun salute
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Jeff & April are building a new home!
This was moving weekend for Jeff & April. They decided this winter that they were ready for a home with more room so put their house on the market. It sold surprisingly fast...before the first clod of dirt was dug on their new lot...and they are now in an apartment for a few months.
I loved their little home. It wasn't that little, about 1,400 square feet, but they quickly outgrew it. It was on a corner lot in the back of the addition, was close to a park and was just a good place for little children to be. But the boys had to share a room & they quickly ran out of closet space! Kerrigan's room wasn't as large as her brothers but was perfect for her.
With Daddy coming home driving a big U-Haul truck, Carter wasn't sure what was going on. He had spent most of the day with Aunt Karen on Friday so missed some of the process of his things being packed away. He loved the big truck but wasn't real crazy with the idea of all of his things being put on it.
Kerrigan is 8 years old and understands that this temporary move to an apartment means she will soon be getting a new home and much bigger room. Brycen is 2 years old and doesn't care where his bed is, just so Mommy & Daddy are close by. But Carter will soon be 4 years old and the move is disturbing him. He hasn't quite grasped the concept that bigger & better things are coming his way in the months ahead.
The basement walls have been poured, along with the basement floor and construction will soon begin. Maybe Carter will understand a little better when he can see the walls & rooms forming for his new place to play. Hopefully the construction part will go quickly and summer weather will help pass the time for the little Thompson's!
And then Carter will get to see a big truck back up to their apartment and start loading their things all over again! I'm whispering a few extra little prayers that Carter's concerns will fade away and he will be happy in his temporary home and will understand that someday soon he will get back all of those things that have been put away in storage. Some things we adults take for granted can be very disturbing to our little ones!
The new lot before construction began...
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Have a wonderful day. (I won't tell how many candles are on your cake...)
Saturday, May 10, 2008