There are so many memories all over our house:
Every estate sale “find” that we discovered together
The chair she sat in everyday fighting the ravages of cancer
But she is not here.
We worked through a lot over the past 16 months of cancer treatment and all the challenges that go with it. As we prepare to honor my mother in law at a celebration of her life we look forward to hosting her family from back East and visiting with her friends. Her home in the San Juan Islands reflects her in every way, we had fun taking some pictures there in September and bringing some important items here to Seattle to adorn her in-city bedroom.
Over the years we did some silly things like make huge footed pajamas for her 6′ 4″ son complete with drop seat—-laughing hysterically throughout the process.
We took on many collaborative projects from in-store promotions for the Kraft General Foods Beverage Group to our very own cookbook with her gorgeous illustrations gracing the pages. She essentially taught me how to cook (well her son taught me a lot too as did my own mom) and she taught me how to look at the world through an artists eyes.
Especially heartbreaking is that she will never get to experience the completion of the house we are building, the one she helped to build with her son. She will never see all the special furnishings she gave us to go into it, unique elements collected over a lifetime of passion for arts and crafts era styled homes. And she will not meet the great grandchild expected soon.
At 79 she was far too young and vital to leave this world.
We will miss you Diane.
We recently completed a photo project for her service—so beneficial in the healing process for the family. Along with it came the realization that in life we spend so much time getting to the next thing that we don’t focus on spending enough time with the important people in our lives.