Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sister week

This photo was taken 4 years ago when my sister and I were on a sister vacation in Florida. She is back home this week. Our mom spent 2 months with her in Louisiana and she flew back with our mom to help her home. I remember the evening this picture was taken. Our dad had given me money to treat us to a nice meal in Florida. We ate at a wonderful place near our hotel. He was so happy for us to have this time together. While my sister is home we want to plant a tree on our dads grave. It is a little northern pine tree that he had planted in his back yard years ago that won't grow. It is a dwarf tree. He planted a whole line of trees and this one is the only one that won't grow taller. He loved these trees. His headstone was delivered last week. We went with our mom the end of June and ordered it. It turned out perfect and we know dad would be so proud. When I saw it for the first time it was overwhelming to me. It was final. Everything was complete. We had a beautiful stone to go visit and pay our respects. It has vases on each side to keep beautiful flowers in.
I've been staying at my moms while my sister is home. We talk a lot about our dad and keep his memory alive. This morning I made waffles for breakfast and for some reason the batter made one extra waffle. My sister put the extra waffle in the place where our dad would sit. It felt right. He is not with us anymore in body, but he is definitely with us in spirit. There is a void, but when we look at the sunshine we see our dad. When we see butterflies in his yard, we see our dad. He might be gone, but not forgotten....his spirit lives on....

5 comments:

Bacardi Mama said...

Such a sweet post. ((hugs))

E said...

Love you.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I don't even remember your hair that long!! It's been a fun week!

Steph

Anonymous said...

I love this post, Rhonda! I'm back in Louisiana and just read it! It brought tears to my eyes! When I was in the air yesterday, I even felt Dad's spirit up there w/me! Then, he painted that rainbow for all to see and there was such a peace @ that point that everything was going to be okay! I miss him so much but know that he is @ peace and watching over us all as he did when he was here! Love you so much and miss you, Diane

Sharon - MomGenerations said...

You make me smile and cry at the same time... I think about you every single day. Every single day... xox