Thursday, January 3, 2013

Balloon Launch


It has been forever since I updated the blog.
The day before Christmas my laptop
decided it had lived a nice life and was ready to retire!
It took till yesterday to secure a replacement.
I am so thankful that they were 
able to recover all my files and photos!
What a blessing!


The week after Thanksgiving our family suffered
the loss of our precious Grandma (Great Grandma), 
Nona.


Her wishes were not to have a traditional funeral here in town.
Instead we will be holding a memorial service during 
the annual family reunion in August.


But that left us feeling a little "empty".


So taking an idea from my dear blog friend Christine,
the family here decided to hold a balloon launch
in honor of our Nona.


We all wrote out messages and memories...


... on colorful balloons.


Letting her know just how loved
and remembered she was and is to us!







We all went outside and
sang her favorite Christmas carol
"Silent Night".


Then sent the Balloons towards Heaven!


We love you Nona!

10 comments:

Barbara said...

Dee Dee I am so sorry for your loss. It's such a difficult time of the year to lose a loved one. Your baloon launch idea is simply a beautiful one. This is something that can be done whenever you feel the pain of missing your Nona. Just send up a note to her via a colorful balloon.

I wish you much happiness and joy in this new year my friend. I am so grateful to have become friends with you over the past 12 months and I look forward to our continued friendship in 2013.
God Bless you and your family Dee Dee.
XO Barbara

Christine said...

Dee Dee,
Nona, I'm sure was looking down with love all over her face. To have your family come together and remember her with colorful balloons, and celebrate her life, is a sweet tribute to her.

I liked what Barbara said about sending one up every once in awhile, when you really miss her.

Glad you are back. You have been missed!

Lynne said...

Dee Dee . . . beautiful says it all . . . thank you for sharing her balloon memorial with us . . .

~ rooms FOR rent ~ said...

What a great idea! Such a great way to celebrate what I'm sure was a great lady :) So glad your back, hope your holidays were lovely! ~Bre

Carol said...

Sorry for the loss of your Grandmom. What a wonderful way to bring your family together in remembrance.

Anonymous said...

Hi Deedee,

What a wonderful way to remember Nona. One of my sweetest memories of her was hearing her sing Silent Night after devotions. It touched my soul. I will miss her. You were such a blessing in her life as you cared for her so faithfully and lovingly... a treasure to her, indeed. Nona - loved, missed, remembered.

Love, Aunt Theta

Gloria said...

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry for your loss of Nona! But as I read your post, I got choked up and had tears in my eyes because what a BEAUTIFUL idea to do for her with the balloons!!!! Oh God, to have everyone there (your photos were great showing everyone and everything) and making the balloons/writing on them... Man, I'm sure your Nona is so honored and happy to have seen that from Heaven. I'd LOVE for that tribute to be given to me upon my passing! (As strange as it may seem, I'm only 54, but I am going to ask my son to do this for ME when it's my time! I think it's a wonderful, loving, happy tribute!) Well, Dee Dee, my heart goes out to you in your loss. You are a wonderful person, so I know that your Nona must have been a wonderful person also. :)
Sorry this is so long, but it was such a touching post, such a touching idea. I know your Nona is smiling in Heaven. xxoo
Best,
Gloria
P.S. A blessed, happy and healthy New Year to you and yours!
P.P.S. I know this sounds like "fluff" at this time, but I wanted to say that your house looks beautiful. I know you don't care about something like that, at this time, but I wanted to mention it.

Heather said...

What a beautiful way to honor and remember her! I am getting teary here!!

Wendy said...

Dee Dee,
What a great idea to honor and remember your Nona. I am so sorry for this loss, I know she was a very big part of your life and the holiday's had to be extra hard with out her.
Hugs to you.
Wendy

Andrea said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. What a great way to honor someone special.