Wednesday, December 30, 2009


This Christmas was good!

It goes without saying!

But the main focus for us was the 27th December at 9.30am. We had a ceremony for my hubbies Dad and buried his ashes. We chose a spot that my Da loved. On the top of the hill at the back of the bach (holiday house). He loved it up there and would climb through the bush and trees and sit up there.

So this June his sons cleared an area and we planted a kauri tree. The little tree has taken root and we as a family felt ready to say our final goodbyes. The whole family gathered, along with his close friends, and we all climbed up the hill to say farewell. People spoke and we all cried and then it was time. We buried his ashes along with the ashes of his dog and each put a sprig of a native tree into the ground. The grandchildren were all given a little white shell to put on the top. And then we all descended and had family time together. Reminisced and laughed with love.

It feels good. Final. It felt incomplete up to this point somehow.

And now we are home. Sunburned and rash faced (well, those of us who reacted to the new sun screen are!) Ready to move forward and take on a new year. A scary huge new year. A God new year!!!
Happy New Year everyone! May 2010 be filled with God!

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tea said...

...I'm so glad you were able to have that closure. It sounds like it was a truly beautiful and loving way to remeber your husband's dad.
Blessings to you,

FROGGITY! said...

that sounds beautiful, i am sure that it was moving and lovely.

i keep forgetting that it's summer where you are! (that's right, isn't it?)

we have dreary cold today. perfect for soup and fires! happy new year to you! :)

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