It had been twelve years since I had seen my grandchildren, Courtney-19 and Christian-15. Mike and Kathy opened their hearts and home to us while we were in Washington. (Kathy is an awesome chef by the way..wow!) We drove the 45+ minute drive from where we were staying gladly to spend time with them. These two wonderful young adults are a absolutely joy to be around. We rode around in their town and laughed our heads off at their crazy Aunt Danyel. We went to the Musem of Glass in Tacoma. Courtney has received awards in Art and enjoyed all the glass art. She and Christian are a mixture of Di, their dad and I saw a lot of Larry Cheeks in Christian, especially. He caught me staring at him several times. 😉
We had many laughs while we were together in their hometown of Eatonville, WA. We went up on Mt. Ranier where Di was the happiest. She worked in the National Park while they were doing construction work at the Lodge. That was the happiest 9mos of her life. The kids got to go stay with her during the summer.
Her friend from the school in England came and stayed with Mike, Kathy and the kids. Toni was wonderful to get to know. She was in shock and we all comforted each other.
Sam came along when Di was 17 and Danyel 14. (God answered our prayers after waiting for 10yrs, but that’s another story!) He loved Di but she left home that year, and was in and out of his life. She was so proud of the man he had become. A full-time college student…working to get his BA in his field of choice in computer networking. She and his dad are applauding him from heaven.
Diana & Danyel provided me with many stories of laughter throughout their childhood. We laughed & we cried but most of all we loved each other no matter that our opinions were different. We agreed to disagree and to love one another for who we were.
When it comes down to it, life is about memories we make. Things are not important. You can’t take em’ with you. What is important is your loved ones and memories you make with them. What is in your heart? Is it pain & trouble free? I started my very first post with how to have peace. Di didn’t have it, and everyone we met in WA said if we only could have…I met her significant other and though their relationship was very troubled, it was not his fault she did this. She made her choices. We can not live others’ lives for them. We can’t control them. We counsel (I pray) we talk, we listen, but we can only do so much. Please no guilt for woulda’, coulda’, shoulda’ thoughts…OR I would be guilty. There is hope for the survivors. The pain of being left behind after your loved one has committed suicide…I do not know how people do it without the grace and mercy of our Father God, though.
Next time some pics and thank you’s to people that did so much!
“The presence of God takes up residence in a person enabling them to live above human standards. That is grace.” Bill Johnson