6-19-07 Since this video has been on here for awhile, I muted the sound - if it's your first time watching, please click on the sound button to hear the GREAT and most fitting song while viewing the pics.
Instead of sitting in the house looking at pics and crying about how much we miss Dad...because our hearts really do ache so so much still...it would have been easy to sit in the house. Aaron suggested a "Dirt Day". Dad loved "Dirt Days" for his birthday/Father's day...whatever occasion he could find. He's get a load of dirt, ask for no gifts except a day at their house. We'd work spreading the dirt here and there from bad spots that show up after winter and to get a jump start on their landscaping for the summer. We'd end the day with a BBQ.
Well, we did just that. Aaron had a load of dirt brought in early morning. As an immediate family we had breakfast together, something we did every morning for the week following Dad's passing - it was always a special time. Then...more family and dear friends showed up. We were working hard by 10:30ish...it was cold!!! But, we had a ball and didn't stop until 7ish that night. Rachel & Jeannie had coordinated dinner and we had steaks and lots of stuff to go with! It was such a great time. We talked often of Dad; enjoyed each others company and love; and helped Mom get a bunch of work done. She had a porch added to the front of the house this past year since she was worried about Dad not being there to shovel her out first thing in the mornings. So...this was the best solution. And, we love the porch!!!
It took out all of her BEAUTIFUL flowers, so she had to start from scratch. This day was perfect to help her get going and it's already gorgeous. I'll have to snap a picture of it when we're over there sometime...she has such a gift for this.