Please join Claudia http://mockingbirdhillcottage.com/ for Favorite Things. This will go down as my most memorable 4th of July Celebration.
To those of you who haven't read my blog before I need to give you some background for this post. My oldest son died on May 17, 2013. We decided, as a family, to have a memorial celebration of his life on the 4th of July at my daughter's lake house. There are so many pictures that I want to share...
The first picture is a compilation of snapshots that were taken over the years. I went through all of my photos to make up this memory board. It was a long and difficult job, but while I was doing it...I began to see what a happy life Tim had. He was always a big tease and brought so much joy to our family. We are a family who love a good joke and enjoy being together having fun. Never a dull moment for us. We are a tight family, but when someone new joins our group they leave feeling like family. The pictures brought tears and started reminding each other of so many fun times with Tim.
I ordered some memory cards with a verse on the back...with the Fisherman's prayer. I found the remembrance seeds of forget me nots at American Meadows. I'm hoping that many will plant the seeds and remember Tim when the flowers bloom.He and I passed hours talking on the phone about my garden or things that he was trying in his yard or his wanting advice on what to plant in the spring.
My daughter LuAnn, our hostess, greeted us on the 3rd. We got to her house around 3pm and we visited and had a little fun with the ukulele. She had just arrived from her other house in DC the night before...so she had yard work to finish and then the cooking started.
Grandson, Collin was arranging the cheese and sausage platter with some assistance from Joe. They get along great and Collin is his sidekick.
Here's Tyler, Collin, Sydney, and Xoie's mom, Karen. Tyler brought her a little bouquet of wildflowers. You can see how pleased she was to get a flower from her 17 yr old boy.
LuAnn's neighbor, Hank, came over and joined us. He's like part of our family now. He makes bird feeders and bird houses. My new gold finch birdhouse is his handy work. Isn't it cute?
Ah...here's Tyler playing the ukulele for us. He and his brother, Collin have been coming here since they were little boys. They do all kinds of fun things at LuAnn's. They ride the scooter, snowmobile, canoe, and man the pontoon boat. There wasn't much going on down at the lake, because the lake is being drained for repairs to the dam. There was still enough water for fishing from the dock.
My brother heading down to the lake to try his luck from the dock. He waited until late in the day...I saw him looking toward the lake many times that day...and wondered when he would go try his luck fishing.
Collin again trying to start the fire for a bonfire that night.He had a little gadget that you strike together and make a spark to start a fire, but had to resort to using a lighter after all.
There were tons of fireworks, but Joe and I headed to a nearby hotel. We were both so tired...that we couldn't stay for the display. LuAnn houses most of the guests, but we older ones go to hotels. We tend to get up earlier than the kids and go to bed earlier....so it works out better for all.
All in all...it was a great day. We sat around the porch telling stories about Tim and his life most of the afternoon.We have so many wonderful memories of my son. Sydney and Dave came late...after the camera was put away.Some family members were missing and missed.I didn't get pictures of everybody...I was the only one taking pictures, but I hate to interrupt and bother people by taking their pictures.....I love the way we did this...as someone said, "Let's give Tim a wonderful send off...on the 4th with good food and fireworks.