It was wonderful to see so many dear souls that we have been connected to over the years at my mom’s services.

I didn’t get photos of many of the people who honored us with their presence and their words. It wasn’t easy to relax with my camera in these circumstances.

Mom's services 015Hope and I were coordinated in our outfits and had to have a photo together.

Mom's services 150After attending this little guys baby shower before he was born it was nice to finally meet him in person with his mommy.

Mom's services 151…and with his grandmother, my good friend from Bethany Russian Baptist church.

Mom's services 152Katie with Nikki and her Auntie Christina. Christina is Dear’s SIL.

Mom's services 154Here’s Dear with his only brother, Terry.

Mom's services 155My cousin Vera (from my father’s side), cousin’s cousin Shirley (on my mother’s side), my cousin Jim (on my father’s side), and Shirley’s sister Betty (on my mother’s side).

Mom's services 156More dear friends from our Bethany Baptist Days in Los Angeles.  Diane, Manya (Shirley, Bobbi and Betty’s oldest sister) Alex and Jaydee with Shirley between them.

Mom's services 157Jeanie,(married to my cousin Jim) My cousin Jim, My cousin Vera (Jim’s sister) George (who is Jim, Vera and Katrina’s 1st cousin) and my cousin Katrina (Jim and Vera’s youngest sister).

Mom's services 163My first cousin, Vera, from my dad’s side of the family. The rest of this group are all 1st cousins with each other on my mother’s side of the family. My first cousins are on the right end of this group. Valia and Tanya on the right end with my cousin Walter’s wife standing behind them. Bobbi and Shirley are first cousins to Valia and Tania.

Mom's services 161Our son Dan with our SIL Letty’s son Derek and wife Amy.

Mom's services 158Caleb and Joshua making plans to spy out the Promised Land…Strong and Courageous!

Mom's services 159Niece Melissa bonding with our latest grand nephew Thomas.

Mom's services 172My Pop with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mom's services 166Our kids (missing Andrew) with my pop. Andrew has arrived in Afghanistan with his unit so your prayers for him are appreciated.

Mom's services 176Pop with his sons.

Mom's services 180Sons and daughters…

Mom's services 184Daughters

A very special thank you to the ladies from Whittier Area Community Church and Olive Grove Church  who contributed salads and desserts for our meal together. You blessed us abundantly and we are grateful! Everything turned out so well. We were so pleased to be able to spend time with people we have been connected to over the years. Old friends and new friends supporting each other. It’s a beautiful picture of community…

I’ll close my post with the quote my Brother in law Nick read at the graveside…

“There is nothing that can replace
the absence of someone dear to us,
and one should not even attempt to do so.

One must simply hold out and endure it.

At first that sounds very hard,
but at the same time it is also a great comfort.

For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled
one remains connected to the other person through it.

It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness.
God in no way fills it but much more
leaves it precisely unfilled
and thus helps us preserve — even in pain —
the authentic relationship.

Further more,
the more beautiful and full the remembrances,
the more difficult the separation.

But gratitude transforms
the torment of memory into silent joy.
One bears what was lovely in the past
not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within,
a hidden treasure
of which one can always be certain.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer”

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

11 thoughts on “Connected…

  1. I appreciate seeing all the photos of the people who came together to celebrate your dear Mom’s life. She would have loved that get together. Your family is so beautiful in your love for each other.
    I’ll continue to think of your Pop as he adjusts to his life without the love of his life.

  2. “But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy.
    One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within,
    a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain …”
    I think we can identity with those words.
    BTW I love how you and your great niece matched! You both look like a ray of sunshine.

  3. Most special…your re-cap of your mom’s memorial service. Your mom was ‘remembered’ in the best way possible!

    I smiled…at the photo of you and Hope…and that of Joshua and Caleb ‘spying out the promised land’.

    Wise words…by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

  4. Ellen, that picture of you and Hope in the coordinating outfits is too precious!

    I love that picture of your Dad and his grand and great-grand children — very sweet.

    The Bonhoeffer words are great – especially the last part. I will be sending them to a family who had lost their loved one.

  5. This post is truly a memory album with pictures that speak of family, support, love, years, friends, time, enjoyment, celebration, little lives just beginning, one life ended on earth, just beginning in eternity…..beautiful connections. I really loved seeing all the faces of your family and friends.

  6. Ellen, I was so blessed this weekend by the celebration of your mom’s life and celebrating her home to Jesus! Loved seeing long lost relatives and friends and people I didn’t even know were relatives. It was so nice sharing memories and laughter. Thank you for documenting everything. I am glad that you keep track of who’s who and how they are related…You do such a good job! Thanks for taking our family picture. Hugs, blessings and love, Katrina!

  7. Ellen those photos are priceless, and the younger generation will treasure them as the years pass. It was fun to see the strong family resemblance among the cousins!

  8. What a special service that was! Your mom would have loved it and I could see her face shining through in all your smiles. May you feel the connections of your loved ones as you share the loss of your dear Mom!

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