Friday, July 27, 2012

Summer Bucket List

I have this list of things I wanted to do or accomplish over the summer before school starts.  I will be honest and say, I've really only done a couple things on the list, but yesterday, I did get to do the ONE thing that I've been waiting to do for a long time.  My Aunt Pat, Kiley, and I drove out to the cemetery.  I have not been out to Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery in Rittman for quite a while.  It is a bit of drive, but so worth it.   It's like a miniature Arlington Cemetery.  Kiley napped on the way down.  Dark clouds lurked in the distance.  Just as we pulled up to my parents section, it began to rain. The giant football field sprinklers were spraying like fire hoses, too.  Thank goodness they were a few rows down and we didn't have to get drenched.  The rain stopped almost as quickly as it began.  It will be 3 years since my mom passed away in November, and 12 since my dad passed in September.  It doesn't seem like it could be that long for either.  While Kiley will never meet her heavenly grandparents, she will certainly know what they were like and what she would've meant to them.  Kiley has already listened to her Grandma's sweet voice read her stories before bedtime.  My mom recorded several children's books on tape when she knew she probably wouldn't be around to see another grandchild.  Kiley plays on a special quilt she and my Aunt Pat made, too.  These are just some the little "gifts" that will help our sweet little girl know what special people her grandparents were.  

Beautiful Angels

Beautiful angels are all that is here
Saying O'Lord please leave me here
Weren't ready to leave, but had to go
Wanted to go back, but God said no
A family, children
Grandchildren and friends
Meaningful lives that suddenly end
Angels are what they are meant to be
Now think of all that they can see
Watching over their family night and day
Saying we love you in their own special way
In the night we sleep and in the day we cry
While they watch us all from their stars in the sky  

Love and miss you so much Mom and Dad!


  1. Kim, this is a beautiful tribute to your mom & dad. I love the poem. I am so glad I got to share this day with you and Kiley.

  2. only two words are needed to describe this.... absolutely beautiful!!!