Monday, December 14, 2009

A Time to Remember

Today is the first anniversary of the passing of Mr. Stewart.

It's been a long year for Martha. She's had to walk a challenging road as she's rebuilt the form of her life. She sold and bought a house. She moved back to be nearer to family. She's taken classes and started an on-line business, fixed up her little cottage and started to pick up all the fragile pieces of her life.

She's done amazingly well, by the grace of God.

There have been very dark and lonely times. One doesn't lose a 28 year marriage and just "snap out of it". But she has had her girls and their husbands and her beautiful grandson to help her on the way. They've all helped - and continue to help - each other.

It's an amazing testament to the idea of family; that the founder of that family could be gone and they still hold as a unit. It's a credit to what she and Mr. Stewart created together. And a testament to Love.

On Sunday nights, after evening services, Mr. Stewart used to send his congregation forth with the charge to "go home and eat a lot of pizza and ice cream". So Martha decided that on this, the anniversary, that is what we would all do. Unfortunately, she lives far enough away from us that joining them would be difficult. So we are staging a "Pizza and Ice Cream Remembrance North". Jane Austin and her Mr. Darcy will join us and we'll phone in to the rest of the family.

This will not be an easy day for my sister and her girls. Please keep them in your prayers. And maybe share some pizza with someone you love.

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Blogger Willym opined...

Remembering her and the family in our hearts and prayers today. Piazza it will be ... with Laurent and the pups and a good deal of thanks being given.

December 14, 2009 8:20 AM  
Blogger Dame Judi opined...

Perfect piece on this day! Thanks from a mother's heart.

December 14, 2009 9:48 AM  
Blogger Julia opined...

Thanks Sis. Kind words for a heavy heart.

December 14, 2009 11:09 AM  
Blogger Sling opined...

Do this in rememberance..I've always liked that concept.
Beautiful post Rainey.

December 14, 2009 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Ba Ha Ha Ha

Wow. The only pizza I have had in a month was yesterday when i took a friend to costco.

My best to your friends.



December 15, 2009 10:36 AM  
Blogger rosemary opined...

In my heart.....all of you. Passages. Life. Love. Family. Traditions. I'm getting a pizza tonight. It feels right.

December 17, 2009 10:15 AM  

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