Monday, January 9, 2012


Happy New Year

The passing of time ......
a moment
a day ... a month,

almost three years since we trekked down the hill
and left Eldon's ashes at the base of the Pine Tree
on our property.
It was the only Pine Tree on the entire 10.5 acres when we first moved here in 2002.

I wonder how much a Pine Tree grows in the three years
since .....that sad day.
We had planted 10 pine saplings after making this our home ....
and in the passing of seasons,
 4 of them closest to the house are now over 8 feet tall.




Eldon's ashes weren't the first laid to rest at
the Pine Tree.
His Uncle Ben and Aunt Laverne's ashes
were the first to be scattered at the base of the tree a few years earlier,
and Eldon's followed in Feb. 2009.
It's as if this spot was determined even
before the universe was created to
be sacred ground for our loved one's final remains.

Each spring there are delicate flowers dotting the
hillside surrounding the Pine Tree,
and a gentle spring creek flows by,
 fed from melting snow from surrounding meadows.
In time each year, the creek dries up
the flowers fade and die,
and the grass and wild onions
wither and rest until the following spring 
when all becomes alive and new again.

There is a time for every purpose under heaven .......
a time to be born
and a time to die,
a time to plant
and a time to uproot,

a time to kill
and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate
a time for war
and a time for peace.

The Wisdom of Ecclesiastes
in the Bible.
How beautifully these words of Wisdom apply
to our lives.
In the 52 years we were married
we experienced
"the time for every purpose..... and a season for
every activity under heaven."

Christmas 2011
What a joyous time of year!
A time to give and a time to
receive presents.
I can't wait to tell you about this gift ......
Next post.