My Dear Friends,
I am sorry I am late in wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I do hope you had a great time with your families and friends. Alas, my update on the project is really just bad news. My mother was killed just before Christmas, down the road from my house as she was heading home for family dinner with all of us. She was hit head on by another car. The Sheriff said she was killed instantly so at least that is some good news. It has been a difficult time. All 43 of us, my 3 sisters and there families, and my 4 brothers and their families along with my father have been staying at my parents house, trying to make sense of everything. It doesn’t seem real! I know she is in heaven surrounded by the Love of God, but I still miss her so very much! I just saw her that morning and she sent me a text 20 min before it happened. Its like she is still in town shopping and we are just waiting for her to come home! 2013 has been a very difficult year!
Here is my mom holding my oldest son when he was just a baby. I love this picture. It kills me to think she will not be there to see him graduate, get married, and have kids of his own. But I am so very thankful for the time that I had been given with her! I love and miss her and know that I will see her in heaven again, but it still hurts like fire is burning up my insides.
We just held a beautiful Celebration of Life ceremony for my mother on the 4th. It was difficult for many reasons but I was blessed. There were so many people there. I did not realize how many she had touched.
Here is the link to my mothers obituary. We, the eight children along with a few of our spouses, sat with my father and wrote it. It is truth…all except the mastering the piano part…she was very talented and very, very good…but she would have corrected it. She was very humble and she would have said, “I still have so much more to learn!”
Thanks for reading,
More to follow on the project…
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate