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Friday, September 30, 2011
As I end this 30 Day Photo Challenge, I feel like I need to post a picture of someone that is most on my mind these days. Someone I MISS. My friend, Jen, said it perfectly when she said "This is going to be a year of FIRSTS for the family"....and this picture says it all. It will be the FIRST family holiday where both sides of our family gather and Ed won't be with us. I will miss so many things on that day: the care he puts into making his famous Horseradish Beet sauce that we put on our turkey. I'll miss how he and Zofia would tell a story together. But, mostly I'll miss him smiling at me across the table as if he is saying "Good Job, Ashley! Everything looks beautiful!" We love you Ed Fordonski!
Death is nothing at all....I have only slipped away into the next roomI am I and you are youWhatever we were to each other,that we still are
Call me by my old familiar nameSpeak to me in the easy waywhich you you always usedPut no difference in your tone,Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh, as we always laughedat the jokes we enjoyed together.Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.Let my name be ever the household wordthat it always was.Let it be spoken without affect,without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.It is the same that it ever was.There is absolutely unbroken continuityWhy should I be out of mindbecause I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you,for an interval,somewhere very near,just around the corner.
All is well.
~Henry Scott Holland
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Yesterday was one of those days where I just needed a break. Between the the computer, the phone, the TV, the hectic pace, frantic energy and NOISE of my life...I had to put a STOP to it. So I came home, took lots of deep breaths and just went outside. I laid on the ground, looking up at the blue sky through the trees and soon Charlotte joined me. We found these beautiful acorns and started taking pictures. It was so nice to just sit and take notice of our surroundings. But then we had to rush to Lacrosse and the feeling quickly vanished, going straight back into the fast pace frenzy of our lives. By the end of the day, it was so nice to come home to the dinner table and Pete's wonderful, Italian Chicken Gnocchi Vegetable Soup. Pete's soups are the definition of "Cozy" to me!
"In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth". ~Mahatma Gandhi
Monday, September 26, 2011
This is a picture of Charlotte when she was 2 1/2 years old. It was after an ice storm and the first time she had ever seen ice or snow. We are out next to our GORGEOUS Cherry Blossom tree (in our old house) and you can see the swing Pete made out of an old Coke crate.
"From a distance we are instruments marching in a common band. Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace. They're the songs of every man. God is watching us. God is watching us. God is watching us from a distance". ~ Julie Gold (original writer of "From A Distance")