This rose photo is of one of the beautiful roses in an arrangement at Uncle Frank's funeral. The sunset is a photo of the view of the Dan River from Uncle Frank's living room.
My Uncle Frank, Mom's brother passed away March 5th at the age of 90. He had an extraordinary life - one full of travel, family, friends, and dancing. Uncle Frank loved a party and especially loved to dance. He and Aunt Alice lived around the corner from us when I was growing up. I used to cut through their yard walking to the swimming pool. I also used to wear Aunt Alice's shoes - real shoes - as my dress-up shoes. She was petite and I was not. They fit me perfectly! No plastic dress-up shoes for me! I had the real deals. Uncle Frank lost Aunt Alice to cancer back in 2003. He was fortunate to find a companion to share his love for travel and good times with in his later years. It kept him young. Everyone should have a life so well-lived. Full of hard work, fun times, family, and friends. Godspeed Uncle Frank!
Mom celebrated her 84th birthday on March 6th. It was bittersweet with the loss of her brother the day before. She and Daddy traveled back to Danville for the funeral and were able to see many friends, attend church, meet the new owner of their house of 56 years, and see all of the family who were there for Uncle Frank's funeral. Mom's sister, Nancy, was there from Mississippi along with Nancy's daughter, Holly. Mom and Daddy had a great time and were ready to get back to Ohio last Tuesday. I'm so glad they were able to go. The packing back in late November and the move on December 1st was so frantic and rushed that little time was allowed them to enjoy their friends before they left. This trip back, while sad, was full of celebration of Uncle Frank's life well-lived and seeing friends and family.
I also made the trip to Danville for the funeral with an overnight in Richmond to see the boys and their families. It was a quick trip - to Richmond, VA on Saturday, to Danville, VA on Sunday, then back to Ohio on Monday. It was worth it. I loved seeing my cousins and their children and grandchildren.
My son, Taylor, and Rachael are doing well and Landen and Raleigh are growing like weeds. Raleigh had changed soooo much since I last saw her in November. She is now 7 months old, is crawling up a storm, and cutting two front bottom teeth. She's a happy happy girl! Landen (3 years old in June) hasn't slowed down a bit - unless he's playing with his trains. He's a very busy boy. They are planning a trip to see us in late June and I can hardly wait!!!!! I'll be counting the days to when I have not just one grandchild under our roof but two! What fun we'll have!
I was able to finish Raleigh's sweater vest and leave it for her. I think Virginia is finished with cold weather so the vest will have to wait until next year.
My other son, Brian, and Eryn are also doing well. Their daughter, Miss B (3 in August) is very talkative and full of personality. Big news is that Brian, Eryn, and Miss B are expecting a baby in August. We received a cute announcement this week - they emailed us a picture of Miss B sitting on the sofa holding a framed hand-written announcement that she is going to be a big sister to a baby girl in August. Miss B is going to be a wonderful big sis! I so wish I could post Miss B's picture but in deference to her parents' wishes - no picture. You'll have to trust me - she's adorable!
Here in Ohio, Mother Nature is reluctant to leave winter alone. We had snow Wednesday night with some spitting snow Thursday. The weatherman is also predicting possibility of snow flurries Sunday night. As much as I love my winter months, I guess I'm ready for spring. Well, almost ready. We've had migrating ducks visiting at our pond over the past several weeks on their way to Canada. The most recent was a group of about 30 Ring-Necked Ducks. It's been very interesting seeing them.
Before leaving Danville, Virginia, I visited the church where Uncle Frank's funeral took place - my home church. The church is absolutely gorgeous with the most beautiful stained glass windows I've ever seen. My next post will feature those amazing windows.