Saturday, August 23, 2008

Changes...

Wave petunias in the fall...
with a few surprises like snapdragons and last years "annuals"

I know, strange photos to have displayed first. My flower gardens are starting to die off. But there are still many flowers, kind of like our friends. As they age they are still beautiful, full of surprises, but you can tell not as colorful, not sprouting or as green, a little withered. That must have been like how my 92 year old friend, Lila Nieman, felt these last few years of her life. She was still very beautiful, wrote me the most incredible letters(I love those handwritten letters), and always supported our family through prayer. I know she was key in bringing home both our babies safe, and very quickly. She was such an encouragement to us during those days when family just didn't get it and often said hurtful things. She even remembered Michael's first birthday and sent him a card and 10 dollars!!! I was so incredibly touched. She passed away last Sunday...she inspired me. I met Lila as a single woman in my "frontier" days up in Alaska. She taught me how to fry up some great grayling, cook some carrot cake, and make the most tender venison ribs-I learned this while her son and my hubs were out deer hunting. We went up river on flat river boats 50 miles into the Alaskan wilderness at her spry age of 82!! She herself spent years up in Coldfoot, Alaska, as a school teacher with her husband. They built their log home in North Pole, AK, where my hubs and I met. I loved hearing her stories...I will miss her greatly, and I am sorry that my children will not ever meet her here on earth. It makes me tear up to know she had their photos up on her fridge...
I also have tears of joy however knowing without doubt that someday we shall all meet again and rejoice-celebrating together, for now so long my dearest, Lila, we will miss you!!!


I am often reminded that sorrow often is accompanied with joy. In the peace of the day, the south winds brought some fallish type weather. Not in the first picture(that was taken 3 days ago and it was 90 degrees) but in the ones that follow. We have dry conditions and a gorgeous 70 degrees! My children make me so happy during my sadness. The weather sure made Phoebe excited and Michael a very happy 18 month old!!!
our little pool
can I please pick it, Mom? my experiment with a tomato garden, I'll have to say not bad for a 1st try and no caretaking!!!
He's heading for the lake!!
fooled ya, I was going for the swings!!
on the way back
phoebe gets sidetracked
she tasted a maple leaf
mom had to get a photo
Being 18 months is exhausting!

8 comments:

Jackie S said...

Gen, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. It's clear she was special to you and I hope that your happy memories will help heal your heart.

The pics are beautiful and it looks like you've had a gorgeous few days weather wise.

Hugs :)

LandT said...

Gen,
So sorry to hear about your friend. What a gem to have in your life. Praising God that you'll see her again one day.
Your children are so beautiful!!!
And yes, the weather has been excellent!
Love, Lisa

janiece said...

92 years old! Wow! She sounds like an incredible person. Now you have a special angel to watch over your family.
I love these fall days--summer is wonderful--but the warm days and crisp nights are the best. And it helps make the kids sleep so great.

Hilary Marquis said...

I'm sorry, Gen. I know how bittersweet it is to say goodbye to someone so special. But, you know where she is and the only sorrow is ours...for now :) I can't believe how fast Phoebe and Michael are growning. I'd better get up there soon before they head off to Kindergarten!

Rachel said...

What a blessing that your friend is now with Jesus! I am sorry for your loss, though, as I know you will miss her.

I am jealous of your weather! We have AT LEAST one more month of disgustingly hot and humid weather. The pictures are so cute.

Margaret and Tom said...

What beautiful pictures! I can't believe Michael is 18 months now...seems just yesterday he was turning 1...Your garden and tomatoes look GREAT! Your grass is so green and it just looks as pretty as a painting with those two adorable kids in the scenery as well.
So sorry to hear about your friend Lila, what wonderful memories you have of your time with her, thank you for sharing them with us.
Have a great week :)
Margaret

Margaret and Tom said...

What beautiful pictures! I can't believe Michael is 18 months now...seems just yesterday he was turning 1...Your garden and tomatoes look GREAT! Your grass is so green and it just looks as pretty as a painting with those two adorable kids in the scenery as well.
So sorry to hear about your friend Lila, what wonderful memories you have of your time with her, thank you for sharing them with us.
Have a great week :)
Margaret

Jamie said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend- clearly a special lady. Comforting to know you will see her again! Love the pics of your babies...looks like a wonderful day!