Saturday, November 5, 2011

What a Day, What a Family

 The sky was gray, the air cold and damp, but it did not rain on our ceremonies!

Up early at the hotel, or to travel from home, we converged on the Funeral Chapel in Molalla at 9:30 this morning.  Many of us, young children included, took the opportunity to see our mother, grandmother, great grandmother one last time.  

Then we took her to Adams Cemetery to lie next to Dad and to say our goodbyes.

Back at the chapel we were joined by other family members and friends of Mom's, Dad's and ours from childhood days.

We are Mom's children, all together for this celebratory day.

We shared laughter and tears at the memorial service.

And then we all went to the party.  Actually Mom wanted a picnic, but it is November, so the venue had to be in doors.  We visited with so many old friends and aunts and uncles and cousins and finally with each other as the crowd dwindled down to just us.

This isn't all of us. My brother Don's kids live far away, and brother Henry's son is stationed in Colorado as a new member of special forces.  Ilene's family had already left for home.  But this is a bunch of us, Mom's descendants, spending time enjoying each other.

It was a day for remembering, honoring, hugging, and expressing love.

It was a beautiful day.


  1. Yes, Linda, it was a beautiful day because it was filled with love. God bless!

  2. What a wonderful family you have, Linda. And it's so lovely that you all shared together on this day of commemoration for the woman who started it all.

  3. It does indeed look like a beautiful day for all of you! So much love to share!


  4. An indoor picnic.

    My mom wanted a party instead of a memorial service. We held it at the country club she'd loved. We knew she was there in some important way.

  5. a day to celebrate your mom and her many posterity. Looks like a wonderful time to gather and remember good times.

  6. You have a very lovely family. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a funeral to bring everyone together, but I know these times together are so special. I'm sure your mother would have been very pleased with it all.

  7. Those are really beautiful photos, Linda! You have such a gorgeous family. I can just imagine how proud and happy your mom was to see the beautiful family that would move on to the next generations with her beginnings. I'm feeling sadness and happiness for you.

  8. it takes a rare and wonderful person to make me smile and cry at the same time
    and you are that person Linda

    you have a beautiful family

    hugs to you and all your loved ones

  9. I love your Mom's idea of a picnic.. I would have like your Mom a lot I think...


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