Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Saying Good-bye

Finally it was time to fulfill the purpose of our trip and say our last good-byes to Mum Mum.

As we wound around the narrow, curvy road that led to the Parsons Cemetery, I was not prepared for the view that awaited me.  I know my pictures don't begin to capture it, but this was the prettiest and most peaceful cemetery I've ever seen!

The rain of the previous days, left the earth freshly scrubbed and smelling clean and fresh, while the golden rays of the sun warmed all that it touched.

Ironically, my mom has an uncle and aunt buried just a few hundred feet from Mum Mum's mother and grandmother!  So, we walked over there to see their grave and take a picture.  Even though they are squinting in the sun, I love this picture of my precious Mom and Dad, who will be celebrating fifty years of marriage in September!

This is Alan's sister, Janet, and her family.

I hope this is not too morbid for you all, but I really love these two pictures of Mum Mum's strong grandsons acting as pallbearers, and the way little Matt is right there with them!  It just touches my heart.

Janet's pastor shared some scriptures and a few words of comfort in his endearing Irish accent and both Alan and Janet shared from their hearts about their mom and her love for them and her grandchildren.  Then, Ashlyn sang Amazing Grace while Janet accompanied her on the guitar, and later Janet sang The Lord's Prayer.  It was a simple and sweet service.

Oh, I forgot to tell you about my surprise!!  Right before the service began, I noticed two guests that I certainly did not expect to see -- my Uncle John and Aunt Nancy, who drove over from Morgantown, WV!  :)  John is my Dad's younger brother.  They had not seen the children in many years, and were certainly amazed at how much they had all grown! Here they are standing with my son Christopher John!  There was something about his name that they liked!  :)

I was not expecting to have a mini family reunion while in WV, but how special to get to see relatives from both my Mom's side of the family and my Dad's side of the family while we were there!! 

After saying our tearful good-byes to Mum Mum, it was time to say good-bye to Janet and Ralph and their family.  It was not easy to part ways, knowing that with the distance between us and our busy schedules, that it will likely be a long time before we are all together again.


Rebecca's Refining said...

Aah, what a sweet service! I would have loved to hear Ashlyn sing...sorry I missed it! That is a beautiful cemetary spread out among the rolling hills. I agree, that is a special picture of the guys.
I hope that you and Janet keep in touch as we helps the miles that separate seem a little shorter anyway. Love you, and again we are so sorry for your loss! I am thankful that we have a God who comforts!

tlmalcolm said...

Thank you for sharing this important time in your family's life with us. I am not surprised at all that John and Nancy came to the service. When my Dad was in the hospital they were right there to see if I needed anything while in WV. John has the heart of your grandmother I think. Alan's mom was very lucky to have such a wonderful son who took special care of her. I'm sure she enjoyed all the activities of her grandchildren while living with you. The pictures told such a special story of the love you had for her. I loved the picture of the boys carrying her coffin. I wish I had had one of my boys acting as pall bearers for my mom as well. Hugs around to the family. We love you!

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Kathy - mom of many said...
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Kathy - mom of many said...

Hi Elizabeth,
I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like she went peacefully, something to be thankful in God's plan. I know your family will miss her.
Your pictures of WV look a lot like our trip to TN and GA. We just got back yesterday.
What kind of a camera do you use?
(I deleted my first comment because I made errors and saw them after posting.)

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