Sunday, May 31, 2009

Celebrating Life!!!

One of the most wonderful ways to remember a loved one who has left us is to celebrate their life. Hubby's mom left us 3 1/2 years ago and it is painfully and uniquely hard for all of us who miss her so very much. But, one of the ways that we remember her is by celebrating her life on her birthday. As a tradition since the day we held her memorial service we have gotten together with Hubby's sister and her family and celebrated.
We celebrate what a wonderful woman Grandma D was. We celebrate what an amazing and wonderful family we have. We celebrate what it means to live life to its fullest... and to be thankful for each beautiful day we are blessed with. We celebrate because we know our Grandma D is in a beautiful place... free from pain and suffering. And, we celebrate because we know that is what D would want and we feel her watching over us and our silly antics as we play.
Our morning began with my sweet Belle in her crib singing Happy Birthday to herself (coincidence... maybe). We got together and played some great games of basketball, made a delicious cake (yes H the cream cheese makes a boxed cake tastier), wrote our messages on our balloons like we always do, walked them up to the lake and let them soar up to Heaven. The kids love to write sweet messages to Grandma D (okay the adults too) and we always try and see whose is in the lead to see which one of our message will reach Heaven first. I think Hubby is claiming this year.
Happy Birthday D... we miss you!


Calmil2 said...

Oh, that totally brought tears to my eyes! I'm glad the cake was good. Happy Birthday Diana! Your son and his family are did a great job :)

Julie said...

Wow. What a beautiful idea. You guys are amazing, and strong to celebrate in that way. Awesome.

msl said...

What an amazing, beautiful way to celebrate your mother-in-law's life!!

Caleb's Co. said...

Hi, I'm a friend of Tanya's and wandered onto your blog. This is such a beautiful way to remember a family member! Thank you for sharing.

A Team said...

What a great idea. Both of my parents have passed away (both so young) and I love that idea. We usually eat their favorite foods on their birthdays. But I love the idea with the ballons. My oldest daughter says she remembers my mom but she was 2 when she died. She was only 6 months old when my dad died.... and the other kids came after they passed away. What a great way to remember and celebrate WHO THEY WERE AND ARE IN OUR HEARTS!
PS - thanks for liking my pictures :-)

adventures north said...

Wow, that is really touching.