Did you all have a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day? A huge thank you to all who served our country, we honored you and remembered you this weekend.
I am also thankful, that we can use Memorial Day to go visit the sites of our loved ones. We haven’t been to the gravesite of our beloved Papa Don since his funeral.
We hadn’t got to see his headstone yet, so we headed out with nervous anticipation, ready to pay our respects, but all dreading the visit to the church gravesite.
Our first stop was Hobby Lobby, where we found a garden hook and this neat wooden string of fish for him. We knew he wouldn’t want flowers! 🙂
We all had to giggle when Paxton piped up,
“GUYS he is NOT in der! He is up in Heaben wiff Jesus!!!!”
The kids ran off to play, so Dale took a moment to pay his respects alone. I had to really cry, when I overheard him softly talking to his father, telling him how much he missed having him around, how we were planning on going to go camping and fishing this summer in his honor…..
He found a stick, and lovingly smoothed down the fresh turned up dirt, before we left to find the kids.
Love you, Papa Don! We sure do miss you. Every time we camp and fish, our hearts ache with longing for you to be along with us. Every time we look at the empty land next door, we wish you were there enjoying the Country Life you were so excited for.
But we hold you in our hearts and memories with every fishing line we throw, and every step we take in settling your estate, we find ourselves with tears, closure and then peace.
Life is too short not to savor every moment…and so we do.