Monday, September 14, 2009

Home Again

We returned to St. Louis Saturday evening after a little more than a week in Washington (state). Though it was a trip that one month ago we had no idea we would be making, to be with family to mourn and bury my dad, it was a good trip. As all visits with my family go, it was way too short.

My head is teeming with bloggables, from the passing of my dad and the funeral, to visiting with friends and extended family not seen for 20+ years, from the ever-breathtaking views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River gorge to our youngest son turning 8 on the trip and losing a tooth in the Portland airport, from Mom's flat-out gorgeous flower garden to the book I began reading on the airplane trip out and can hardly put down (Dracula, by Bram Stoker)... and what stress and hot weather can do to a body with MS.

But on arriving home I realize regular life must resume, and so I quickly type this from my school computer while the boys take a brief play-break outside with Lucy, their buff-colored cocker spaniel that they missed for 8 days. I don't know that I'll find the time to blog about any of the above items. Regular life, homeschooling and all that goes with it, keeps my blogging to a minimum it seems, so we'll see.

But, to sum up our visit, I am more grateful for dear family and friends today than I ever have been before. Our family is truly blessed. Our Lord has taken my dad into eternity and, I think, left the rest of us closer.

I'm glad to be home, but the lump I always get when saying good-bye hasn't quite gone yet. Love you, Mom!


Gregory Thaumaturgas said...

Glad you're back.

I actually just read that book about a month ago... after some misgivings based on movie adaptations and found it an excellent read. A little creepy for late night reading, but ahh well, that's what you get when you read about vampires! Kind of turned my stomach to think of how Stoker treated Hosts in that book though...


HSMom said...

G.T., thanks.

I'm about halfway through and haven't encountered any dealings with Hosts yet, so I'll bear that in mind and perhaps review it here when I'm finished. It is a real page-turner, but yeah, I would agree, the creepy-quotient is high, especially for late night reading, but that's my only time to read MY books!

Glenn said...

I prayed for the repose of the soul of your dad...
I envy dad walked out on my mom and me when I was three, I haven't seen him since. We need to pray for all dads, living and dead.

Requiem aeteram dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace...

HSMom said...

Thank you, Glenn.

Our family is blessed, indeed. I am very sorry for your situation; yours, or similar, is a story that is all too common in this age in which we live.

You are right: we need to pray for all dads.

St. Joseph, pray for us.