Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Memorial Has Arrived

Hi All,

I have been away for quite a while and I must apologize for not keeping you all in the loop.  Life is going well for all of us, the boys are doing well in school and I'm fully back into the swing of the work world.

As you know from past posts, Katie and I spent a bit of time shopping for our final resting place.  While she wanted to know where we were going to be, she didn't really feel the need to direct the arrangements of her service or the other aspects of memorials and the such.  She did however say that she really liked the idea of having a bench that folks could come and visit, and since we have such a nice quiet spot by the creek a bench was the perfect memorial.

Shortly after Katie's passing I decided to order her bench and after a long wait it finally arrived.


Take care all,
Kevin

91 comments:

Karan said...

I found myself thinking of you, Katie, and the boys today. I am glad you all are doing well. It is wonderful that the bench arrived,the picture of the boys there is priceless. Thank you for keeping "us" in the loop. I don't live close, but do know I'd hold my head high, smile. The very best to you and the boys.

Linda said...

The bench is perfect. Your boys have really grown. So happy you are all doing well. Take care Kevin

tilly said...

It's good to see how much the boys have grown and so handsome as well,The bench is just so lovely in that great shady spot.
I am so pleased that you are all back into the swing of a happy and healthy life. I know you will take care of each other. Thank you for taking the time to communicate
Tilly

cbuswell said...

The bench is a wonderful idea. It looks beautiful. Great to hear you're all doing ok. I think of you all often.

cbuswell said...

The bench is a wonderful idea. It looks beautiful. Great to hear you're all doing ok. I think of you all often.

Kerry U said...

So happy to see a post pop up from you. I think of you often and pray that God continues his prechiou care of your beautiful family. The bench is the perfect place to sit a spell, reflect, read a note, chat, and just listen to the gifts of nature. It's exactly what I think Katie would love. Thanks for sharing. Happy to see that everyone is doing well.

Sherry Eckblad said...

Thanks for the update and the photo of the boys. I know Katie must of been smiling from above when that bench was installed at her resting place.

Glad to hear that you are all trying to get back into the throws of "normal" life once again.

Margie H said...

What a beautiful bench! I can't get over how big the boys are getting - Katie must be beaming from above :) So glad to hear that you all are doing well...I think of you all (and Katie) often.

i {heart} papers said...

It is beautiful! It's perfect! Thank you for the update!

~amy~ said...

It's wonderful...such a bittersweet picture...thanks for sharing.

Cassie said...

Glad you're doing well, Kevin. The bench looks wonderful, and those boys are so handsome. They look like they've grown so much!

jengd said...

Fabulous picture of the boys and I'm glad to hear everyone is doing well! Thank you for sharing.

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely memorial Kevin - so glad to hear you are all doing well!

Novice Naturalist said...

So happy to hear you are all well and to see the boys looking so grown and healthy. The bench and spot are beautiful. Your earthly memorial is the perfect complement to the memorial we all hold for her in our hearts.

Miranda said...

Kevin, glad to hear you and the boys are doing well! The bench is such a wonderful memorial! Do take care and thanks for the update.
Miranda

Becky said...

It is beautiful. Really lovely. The boys are so big. I can't believe how grown up they look. I think about you often, Kevin. Hope you are feeling wonderful and that you are happy. Thanks for keeping us updated!

Winnie said...

Such a lovely idea. It is beautiful and a very special place for you to visit and reflect.

Vanessa Middleton said...

The bench is just perfect and it is a very bittersweet photo. I still can't believe that Katie's gone and I got choked up seeing your post. I'm glad that you are all adjusting and doing well. Kids are so resilient! I can't fathom all you've been through and it breaks my heart still. Wishing you continuous healing and happiness to you all. Love from NH!

Shazza said...

it looks beautiful, glad you are all doing well x

Allisa said...

So glad to hear everyone is doing well, love the bench photo. Thanks for the update! I think of your family often!

Kathy said...

Wonderful picture of your boys and the bench. So glad it finally came and what a great spot for it. It's good to know your life is full and moving forward. Thanks for the update, the boys look great!!
Prayers,
Kathy

KER said...

it's beautiful...have yourselves some lovely visits

GlitteryKatie said...

What a lovely way for you and the boys to remember Katie. I can't believe how much the boys have grown!
Wonderful to hear that you are getting along OK.
Love to you all
xx

June K said...

What a lovely bench. Katie would like it. Thank you for sharing the bench and your sons with us. I do often think of you and the boys. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update Kevin. Prayers to you and the boys. The bench and the boys are beautiful.

Lauren said...

Thank you for the update. What a lovely bench and a beautiful picture of your handsome boys.

Annie said...

Thanks for sharing Kevin. I think Katie would love this bench, in such a beautiful spot. So glad to hear you're doing well. The boys are sure growing fast!

Grandma Nancy said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman! :)

Desiree said...

What a beautiful bench! Now the boys have somewhere to commune with their mommy and remember her. :-) Thank you for keeping us updated.

Elaine M said...

Oh Kevin - thanks so much for the update - the bench is perfect - your little family will continually be in my heart - blessings

Leslie Hanna said...

This is so beautiful. Thanks for keeping in touch. :)

Queen Mary said...

Kevin, thanks so much for the picture - the boys have grown so much! It's amazing! I think of you and Katie often. My mother died in January and a colleague was diagnosed with ovarian cancer - she's single, no kids. I think of Katie and her incredible love of life and her generosity of spirit in the way she shared her art with us all. I think the bench is perfect - I've considered one for my mom. I am so grateful for your willingness to keep us updated -- your generosity of spirit.

Sue from Oregon said...

Such a very touching picture, thank you for sharing.

Jan Y. said...

I love the bench and think Katie would too!! You made a great decision in keeping her memory alive and beautiful!! I thought about you all on Mother's Day and now I'm so happy to hear that all is going well. Kevin, you are a true testament of love, honor, and cherish. Katie was so lucky to have you by her side. Wishing you and the boys much happiness and fun adventures this summer!!

Jan Y.

Curt in Carmel said...

What an awesome memorial. The photo is heart touching. The boys are growing like weeds! If I lived close, I would visit the spot often. Katie's presence will always be felt here. Glad you are all doing well. Best, Curt

Jennifer said...

Hello! I found you through a little blog stroll at the Moxie Fab World Blog Roll and I am so sorry for your loss. Your wife was a beautiful women and I wish I had started crafting earlier so that I may have had the chance to meet and interact with her in blog land.

May your many happy memories help you through the rough times.

Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin,
The bench is beautiful & the spot you chose looks so serene & peaceful. A comfortable place for you & the boys to sit & visit with Katie.
Wishing you all a great summer!
Hugs & peace, Vina

Craftdee said...

I was thinking about Katie today, which I know you do EVERY day :-) It was nice to pop over to "her" blog and find that the memorial bench had arrived. It looks lovely in a truly serene setting. Thanks for keeping us posted. I'm glad every day life is keeping you, if nothing else, distracted. Your boys are turning into young men already and I'm sure Katie would have been proud - as you should be, as you're obviously doing a great job! Sending you loving thoughts from Australia, Donna ☺

Whimcees said...

Hello Kevin!

I have been checking back so many times and now I waited for a bit and almost missed this post! The bench is lovely and the photo of the boys is beautiful and heart breaking at the same time. They have grown so much! I am happy to read that all is well and you are all healthy and sharing a good life - Katie would be so proud. Thank you for posting, Kevin and for sharing the photo. Katie was a blessing to all of us who came to know her and her smile is missed. Wishing you a happy day today!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Misti said...

What a precious, precious memorial and picture. Thank you for posting it. I know you don't have to keep updating, but I'm glad that you recognize how much people love you and want to know how everyone's doing. The boys are getting so big!! Thank you for honoring us, her cyber friend, by updating and sharing with us!

ThePurplePlace said...
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ThePurplePlace said...

Oops...sorry about that...trying again!...

Dear Kevin --
Katie was on my mind today, so I thought I would stop by and see if you had added any new posts and was very happy to see her Memorial.

I'm touched by the lovely picture you have shared and have thought of you and the boys often. I am happy to hear that you are all doing well and I continue to hope that you are starting to heal, and the can now begin to move forward and cherish your wonderful memories of Katie and her time here, despite it being far too short. She's truly and Angel and my heart makes me feel she is watching over you all and is very happy with your choices and how well you and the boys are doing.

God Bless you all and I will continue to hope you'll move on in your life. I know Katie would love that!

Lisa

Lynn Mercurio said...

Thanks for the update...what a lovely place to come and remember Katie. I thought about her several times yesterday...don't really know why, but I'm glad I stopped by her blog today.

God bless you all.

Kathy Mc said...

Was just thinking of you and the boys and wondering how you were doing. Decided to check the blog and here you are updating us again. The picture of the "resting" bench with the boys is priceless. I'm just sure Katie is smiling from up above and so proud of how you have handled all of this…including her blog. Thanks, Kevin, for the update and continue taking care of yourself and the boys. You know that's exactly what Katie wanted. God Bless You and the boys!

Debbie Turpin said...

You are AMAZING

ribenaruby said...

Hi Kevin, lovely to see this post as like many others I was thinking of your beautiful family today. Touching post, brought some tears to my eyes but so glad you're able to keep us bloggers posted, memorial bench is truly beautiful, happy thoughts for you all! Ruby x

Claire said...

A lady from Montana staying with us in the B&B reminded me so much of Katie today,it was uncanny. So I decide to check in and what a great picture. The bench looks a great memorial to a grat woman. Looks like the boys are thriving, they have grown so much. Thanks for keeping in touch.
Claire

Tameko said...

Thanks for sharing. Such a lovely tribute to Katie. Its good to see life moving forward for your family!
God Bless,
Tameko

Jesi said...

She is surely missed... what a beautiful bench...

Glad to know you are all doing good.

Jesica from Argentina

Joan Bardee said...

Thought of you and Katie today and thought I would check in. What a perfect photo. thanks for sharing it.

ilove2write said...

Nice to see a post from you.. glad to hear you are all well..I think the bench is perfect!

paperANDi - Stephanie said...

I am so happy to hear that you and the boys are doing well. The bench is beautiful.. Thank you for keeping us in the loop. God bless you all!

-Stephanie

jengd said...

Wonderful picture of the boys. I'm glad to hear things are going well for you all. Thinking of you.

Shelly said...

Thinking of you and the boys. Hope you have had a great summer and hope the new school year goes well. Take care and know you are never far from our thoughts.

Sankari W. said...

I was just thinking of Katie and wanted to come connect with her on her blog - so nice to see this picture of the boys - they look so big and handsome - The bench looks so beautiful and peaceful - Sending you and your family lots of love and light ...

Kathy Humphrey said...

Hi Kevin and Boys,
I just want you to know I'm thinking of you and praying for you as the anniversary of Katie's passing comes up. I know you've moved on with your lives and that is as it should be. I know you still love and think of Katie too.
Many prayers and blessings to you,
Kathy

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