Joshua's tedddy bear collection from yesterday. The brown one was my idea, the light blue was a gift from Rae and Madge. and the four little ones were Matt's idea. He said a few teddy bears. Next thing I know we had 4. But it looked great to have them all lined up. :)
A gift from Margo (Eli's Mum). She took some family photos for us. The one at the top will probably become THE family photo. Jen from Darwin - that's the one we like best, but I'll email you about that later. There are other photos in this collection, which shall be posted at a later date.
The program. The bottom is Joshua 1:9 which reads "Have I not commanded you - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Little white caskets are beautiful. But they suck.
Back track story from December. **Edited to say: Hydrangeas (not delphiniums like I said before... DUH I KNEW THAT!)(above) were in bloom before Joshua was born and I remembered thinking, those are gorgeous and besides that - they're blue. If we have to have a service I'd like some there. So the other day we were driving back from ordering flowers for Joshua when I saw a bush in bloom! Of course it was in someone's yard, and I thought, is it too wierd to ask for some? So the morning of his service I went with Matt to pick up flowers from the flower shop and stopped at this house. It was a beautiful yard, full of flowers - obviously well-maintained. I came up to the door and was greated by a delightful woman. I said, "I have a strange request for you. My name is Susie. My son's funeral is this morning and I was hoping to have some blue delphiniums for the service. Would you mind if I cut some of yours?" She was more than happy to let me take some. We picked them apart and set them in a basket. After we (Matt and I) carried his casket out to the car people were encouraged to set a flower onto and say their last goodbyes. It was perfect to have a HUGE pile of BLUE flowers on top of it. Flowers are girly - but blue flowers are about as manly as flowers get. So it was good. I thought it was beautiful. I hope it's not too disturbing to see pictures of his casket. I'm over it - it's one of my final links to Joshua.