Okay, Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to post again for a few days, but I just had to share tonight with you!
The visitation was wonderful! It was just the kind of time Daddy would have loved - lots of people, lots of love, lots of hugging, lots of laughing and lots of reminiscing, and did I say lots of laughing! Oh, there were tears, but I'm shocked to say I had a really good time! I saw people I haven't seen in many years, and met people I've only heard about. I found out one of the girls who I grew up with - sang with in church when we were teens - isn't going to survive the cancer she's been fighting for a long time now, and will probably be joining Daddy soon. I got to see so many people, and hug so many that I thought I might never see again. Miss Lucy is 90, and isn't looking so well, but she wouldn't have missed coming tonight. There were so many! What a joyous celebration of Daddy's life!
But then, there were the incredible gifts of you friends! All the comments from Sue, Lissy Lou, Aimee, Linda, Betty (razorbackfan) and others. The beautiful e-card from Helga (I love Jacque Lawson cards!). I am so blessed to be a part of this blogging world!
And Fay - the plant is beautiful! Looks like a schefflera (sp?) but I'm not sure, and it's shiny and green and at least 3 - 3 1/2 feet tall. I'll bring it home and try not to kill it - It would look beautiful in the living room. Thank you so much! I love you friend!
Mildred - ah, Mildred! How wonderful that you got to know my Daddy! He loved selling those plants and sitting there talking to folks! I'm so glad you got to know him. The flowers are beautiful! A large basket just full of stocks, snapdragons, burgundy mums, lilies, even little ornamental peppers - just beautiful! Thank you! When you can, I want us to meet sometime! Maybe we can meet at Sugar Pike Junction for lunch some day!
Then we got home, and wow! My sweet friends Nancy and Jane - you girls are the best, and I love you, too! The mums are beautiful, and huge, and I cried when I saw them. We forgot to turn the front porch lights on before we left, and I think Wayne almost tripped over them as he went down to turn them on for Mama and me. The mums are the prettiest color of a dark rosy not pink, not burgundy color, and there are few that are fully opened, and dozens and dozens of them will be blooming over the next weeks. I've got the mums sitting in the front window by the door so I'll see them every time I come in and out, but one day I'll plant them in a special spot in my garden. I think I know just the spot, close to the driveway, but up front where everyone can see them.
There may have been others - I don't know - but I didn't get a chance to see all the flowers tonight. I was too busy hugging and laughing and being shocked at how much older everyone has gotten. All I know is this - I am one blessed woman, and so thankful for each and every one of you!
Thank you for your continued prayers. Tomorrow will be a long, emotional day, but after that we start learning to live without Daddy, without all the appointments, doctors, hospital rooms, worry, etc. On Wednesday hubby and I are putting Mama in the car and taking her riding up in the mountains. Just to get away and clear our heads. I'll probably take her home Thursday, and let her start living again. I think it will be harder for her than she realizes yet, but I'll be there to help her through.
It's late, I'm tired, talk to y'all in a day or two, Becky