I found this picture the other day and it made me smile. It really captures 2 things about my parents, and specifically my mom: 1) her fun-loving spirit, and 2) her love for Alaska. I mean, how Alaskan is this!? 🙂
It’s been 5 weeks since Mom left us here on this earth, and we are still desperately trying to adjust to life without her. It’s still hard to wrap our brains around the fact that she is truly gone. I daily find myself still wanting to call her with parenting questions, homemaking questions, or just to tell her a story or something funny that happened. I know that time will help, and I know that you can’t rush anything in this process. It is just hard.
This weekend John & Charity came down from Portland and together with them, David, Dad & I brought in a huge load of dirt and planted a bunch of seeds in “Mickey’s Garden”. My parents have a huge raised bed (it’s like 8′ deep x 32′ long) at their house, and we added boards to section it off into 6 different raised beds. Anyway, we are doing it all in honor of Mom, because ever since they moved into that house, she talked about what she wanted to plant this summer. It was one of those things that we would talk about & distract ourselves with on tough days during mom’s illness.
Anyway, so far we planted a bunch of things, with a few more to be added in May. Some of the things we planted are: onions, sugar snap peas, bush beans, kale, lettuce, carrots, canteloupe, zucchini, tons of flowers (including marigolds, sweet peas, nasturtiums, sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias) and I’m sure I’m forgetting some things. Still to come is: corn, tomatoes, peppers (jalapeno & bell), eggplant, pumpkin and that’s all I can remember right now.
I can’t wait to watch things grow & flourish. I wish mom was here to see it, too. Who knows – maybe in heaven we get to see glimpses of things back on earth that would make us happy. I know this one would make mom happy.