Tuesday, October 9, 2012

September again

Carynn and I drove to central Washington to spend the weekend of September 14-16. Melinda and Michael spent some time together over the weekend while I was gone. Bret, Laura and Ethan were in Utah, Landan in the Middle East, Jamie and Ty in the Spokane Valley. All of us reflected, each in our own way, the year that has come and gone since we got the terrible news of Lynette's death.

It was good to visit family. Carynn and I did a spa night for my mom on September 14 and then went to the cemetery on the 15th. We each had some private moments at Lynette's grave and left flowers for her and Lindsay. We spent that afternoon with my 9 year old niece Kloey. We had a good time and it helped to lighten our hearts as Kloey got to choose our activities which included lunch at an all you can eat buffet. We also celebrated my nephew Colton's birthday (a few days early) with pizza and cookies and cream ice cream. Later we saw a movie. It was good to see Mom, Erin, Karra and their families.
Sunday morning we detoured back to the cemetery-where it was a lot quieter than it had been the day before. (A graveside service was going on not too far from Lynette's grave on Saturday.) A yellow butterfly flitted by both times we were there. We had an uneventful trip home.

I'm relieved that the year of "firsts" without Lynette is done. You don't stop grieving just because a year's gone by though, do you? I will count my many blessings and I will choose to remember Lynette as she is in the above picture. NS

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