The funeral was a beautiful reminder of Homer’s wonderful life. Each of his children spoke (except Homer’s daughter who is on a mission in New York). They shared such fantastic stories of this great man and had us all laughing and crying.
I wanted to mention just a little something that Neal's FIL said--when one of Homer's children mentioned how it didn't look like her dad lying there in the casket, Tom talked about how the eyes are the windows to the soul. When the spirit leaves the body, and you look into the person's eyes there is nothing there--it is a real reminder that all that is left is the body. I loved how at the funeral one of Homer's sons talked about looking at his dad's hands and remembering all the things those hands had done.
When we arrived at the cemetery the soldiers were already standing at attention and probably one of the most touching moments was the flag ceremony which included a presentation of the flag to Bev. My nephew, David, who is an amazing photographer captured a beautiful photo of Bev with two of her great grandchildren sitting on her lap with the flag.
Had a chance to visit with a few of our kids when we were in Reno and got to see this little guy.
Utah--I was grateful for the time we spent in Utah. As I mentioned in my previous post, Allan has such a calming influence and I know his being at Bev’s house helped a great deal. We shared great memories of Homer, had a lot of great meals together (including a breakfast where Bev made her first attempt to duplicate Homer’s delicious pancakes—and she did a pretty good job), and had an opportunity to go to the temple together. Bev is a strong woman.
While there we also had a chance to spend time with Heidi and Brent:
Heidi: Allan and I went to Heidi’s school and it was so fun to see her in action. She is a great teacher. She is missing her little missionary so I’m so glad she has her teaching to keep her busy. The day we went to her school I got to read a Halloween story to the kids—I loved it. Allan told them about Miss R when she was in Grade 1. The funny thing was when Miss R introduced Mr. R, the children all said they wanted to know her “real” name. She told them they had talked about this before and they needed to call her Miss R. Well, when her dad began his story he started, “When Heidi was a little girl”—the kids were SO EXCITED—they now knew her name ; )
When we went to the Book Fair with the kids, one of the little boys turned to me and said, “You are beautiful”. (I was feeling pretty good, until he added—“You have wrinkles like my grandma”.
Brent: He helped me do a little Christmas shopping. I love spending time with him. He is such a remarkable young man. He came down to Bev’s on Friday and we had the weekend together. He helped me put together a slide show of our cruise—including a lot of the end of the trip that Bev, my MIL, and SIL, Gerry, missed when they had to leave the ship. I finally had a chance to see the DVD Brent made of our trip to Hawaii—it was so fun.
Of course, we did have to go with him to Hires for hamburgers.
I'm looking forward to being back in a little less than 2 months to celebrate Christmas with them.
Sidenote: I tried to get touch base with UTMommy and TXMommy's mom, but only got to talk with her on the phone. We had a great chat Sunday afternoon, and after our conversation I was REALLY disappointed that we didn't have a chance to meet. She sounds like a wonderful woman and I am so excited to read all about her mission experiences.