Sunday June 26, 2011
We have been busily having a blast with the kids, so much that there is not time to even post. I'm going to try to do this one before they get up this morning to show you an example of why it takes a lot of time to get photos ready.
The day after the party in Carlinville, we went to Jacksonville for a gathering of Pauline's family. Since Sandee and the kids were not able to travel here when her grandma passed, Pauline's son, Dave, and his wife, Judy, had us over to their campground. Judy prepared a fabulous lunch; we ate and visited and reminisced and looked at old photos in their pavilion. When we took family photos, no one noticed the portable heaters in the background that made it look like the guys were wearing coolie hats...too funny!
These are important photos to all of us though so I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning a couple of nights ago editing all of them to remove those "hats." You'll see the results after I share a few others.
Here are the family photos after I applied some PhotoShop tricks. This is Dave and Judy with their two sons, Rob (left) and Brian (right) along with Rob's wife, Sonya, and Brian's wife, Kris. I'm having trouble finding the words to describe all that Judy did for Pauline in the last few years but she was the one who made it possible for Pauline to live independently for as long as she did...she did EVERYTHING!
Four of Pauline's grandkids: Rob, Sandee, Greg, and Brian. She was so proud of them; since Rob and Brian still live in Jacksonville, they and their wives saw her often and regularly brightened her days.
This is our whole group. My adorable grandkids brought so much joy to Pauline. At her 98th birthday celebration last October, several people told me that she frequently commented about how sweet and well-behaved they always were when visiting her. She had welcomed Rich into her family with love all those years ago and often thanked him for his role in providing Sandee and Greg so many rich life and family experiences.
It was fun to see the family and reminisce over Pauline's photos that Judy brought for us. Pauline was such a beautiful person and we all miss her.
Lovin' Life ~~ And Family