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by Karen on March 6th, 2015

 

artwork and agates

artwork and agates

 

There are so many memories all over our house:

Every estate sale “find” that we discovered together

Her artwork

Her agates

The chair she sat in everyday fighting the ravages of cancer

Photos

 

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.

xo

mother and son at Bandon Dunes

mother and son at Bandon Dunes

she helped the boys build a Tom Sawyer raft and launch it

she helped the boys build a Tom Sawyer raft and launch it

grandkids visiting

grandkids visiting

garlic from the garden

garlic from the garden

a beach collection

a beach collection

on the deck

on the deck

a late bloom

a late bloom

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on her favorite beach

the other kids

the other kids

the hammock

the hammock

what a day!

what a day!

frequent visitor

frequent visitor

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.

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7 Comments
  1. Cindy permalink

    What a beautiful tribute to your mother in law. She sounded like a wonderful and fun woman.

    Love and hugs

  2. What a wonderful collection of memories. Thank you for sharing as I feel I got to meet her through your photos. Hugs to your family.

  3. Ali Bassett permalink

    Thank you for sharing. What a special person she was. Thinking of you. XO

  4. Jeanne dierickx permalink

    Karen,
    Your family and your mother in law were so blessed to spend her last few years together. It sounds as if she was a big inspiration to you and her family. Although she will be dearly missed, she will live on in the wonderful memories that all of you shared with each other.

  5. Amelia permalink

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law. I could feel the love you and your family have for her and it brought tears to my eyes! I am so sorry for your loss, but know that the love you feel for her was felt by a total stranger and that is truly beautiful.

  6. Tari Gordon permalink

    Beautiful tribute Karen, to our wonderful Diane. Her legacy lives in in all of us.

  7. Karen permalink

    Thank you for all of the lovely comments. I just added a few more notes to the post since I wrote it rather quickly the other day and have reflected more since then.
    I appreciate all of your thoughts. xo Karen

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