Archive for October, 2009

Just Some Pics

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 by janice

It was a very hard day today after a very looong day of travel. So just a few pics then I am signing off and going to sleep!

Blessings all,

Janice

Cousin Thomas and his friend playing for the memorial

Cousin Thomas and his friend playing for the memorial

Cousin Maarten singing the song he wrote for Oma

Cousin Maarten singing the song he wrote for Oma

Cousin Sharon and cousin Maarten

Cousin Sharon and cousin Maarten

From top left Sharon's boyfriend William, me, my 1st cousins once removed Maud and Irene, cousin Sharon and Great-aunt Jenny

From top left: Sharon's boyfriend William, me, my 1st cousins once removed Maud (daughter of Oma's sister Wilhelmina) and Irene (daughter of Oma's sister Jenny) cousin Sharon and Great-aunt Jenny

Cousin Sharon and me (she'll probably be mad at me for posting so many pics of her but hey they are nice pics of her!)

Cousin Sharon and me (she'll probably be mad at me for posting so many pics of her but hey they are nice pics of her!)

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Leaving on a Jet Plane (Again)

Monday, October 19th, 2009 by janice

Yes, it is true. I am going back to the Netherlands. Wish it was for a happier purpose but I am very glad that I will be able to be there to celebrate her life, say goodbye and offer what comfort I may to my family.

Oma left money for the American grandkids to come to the funeral. Unfortunately Paul’s passport is expired and there was no way we could have gotten it renewed in time. And Darren is staying to take care of the sick kitty boy (who’s blood sugar is still giving us fits unfortunately.) So I will be the American delegation. 😉 (That’s my brother’s joke so blame it on him!)

Early birthday wishes to my cousin Ben. I know you won’t feel much like celebrating, but I hope you will find some joy in the day anyway.

Saturday was also Uncle Arij and Aunt Joyce’s 35th wedding anniversary. Again, I know they were not feeling festive but many congratulations to them. They are such lovely people and a wonderful couple.

Getting on a plane soon. Love you all.

Blessings,

Janice

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RIP Eugenie Charlotte Sophia

Friday, October 16th, 2009 by janice

I learned this morning that Oma passed away. Though I am trying to remember her life with joy, right now I can only grieve.

For all the distance between us, Oma and Opa O were pillars of my childhood. They never forgot a birthday or failed to call or write at the holidays. We can count our time together in person in bare weeks but the love I felt in their home and in the homes of their children and from their grandchildren is all the testament one needs to know what a special and wonderful woman Oma was. Oma was my last remaining grandparent and I am so sad that she will not be able to “meet” her latest great-grandchild when Darren and I finally bring home our daughter.

I know she is with my dear Opa Tom, and with Dad and Mom, Shannon, Pam, her sisters and other loved ones who have gone on before her. Somewhere she is dancing, the pain and disability of her body gone, the lightness of her spirit lifted and joy at the meeting of old friends abounds.

Her passing is only hard for us, it is no longer hard for her.

She is added to the Company of the Ancestors and though I know I will see her again, my heart is weary.

Please keep my Aunt Joyce, Uncle Arij, Uncle Jim, Aunt Ingrid, cousing Ezra, Joram, Benjamin, Sharon, Thomas and Maarten as well as my Uncle Rolf (her nephew who was like another son to her) in your thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

I love you all. Even if I don’t see you or talk to you enough, please know that you are special to me.

Many bright blessings and love to you all.

Janice

Oma as young woman

Oma as young woman

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