January 2, 2013 9:38 PM

30 years ago today at sunset....

Wedding 1983.jpgI was blest to marry my dreamgirl. She's gone now, but her life lives on through all of us that she touched......Life goes on.... Love her still and always will...

Carrying on in His grip,
 Papa Tripp

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I keep your family in my prayers.

Posted by: Heather P | January 3, 2013 12:01 AM

Thank you all for your prayers.....I know they are what is sustaining me...If not for those, I would be a total mess......blessings to you and yours....
Papa Tripp

Posted by: Barbara | January 3, 2013 12:17 AM

I haven't been commenting lately but I read here everyday.I am praying for your family daily as well.You are a wonderful person.I can see why Barbara loves you so much.This world has seemed to just get crazier and crazier in the last few months.I REALLY miss your precious wife.I had a ruff child hood and I guess I just felt like Barbara got that.She was in my mind the older sister I wish I had had.I love the pictures you post,so nice to see her smiling face.I pray this year brings many joys and lots of peace.

Posted by: melita | January 3, 2013 1:34 AM

I just read this and I thought of you and your family. (from: http://www.patheos.com/Catholic/Portal-Heaven-Earth-Pat-Gohn-01-03-2013.html)

"On one side of the Host in the monstrance is me, and my all-out neediness. Prayerfully, I'm compelled to bring my concerns to the fore. I'm "all in," as the gamblers would say. I bring it all with me—my family, my friends, my intentions, and the church and world. But in truth, it's really no gamble at all. It's really a win-win.

For on the other side of the Host is the heavenly realm, the angels and the saints, the cloud of witnesses, the Blessed Trinity in the beatific vision. Somewhere on that other side is every loved one that I have lost to death. Heaven contains the ones who "sleep" in Christ, who've been judged and found worthy. They are there just now, on the other side, yoked to the same Body of Christ that captures my gaze in the Host I adore on the Altar. If the Host were a door I could open, I'd almost swear I could peer straight through it into heaven."

Posted by: Sarah | January 3, 2013 10:52 AM

Oh Tripp, a huge anniversary so soon after your loss. Sandy and I would have had our 25th anniversary five months after his death. A tough but bittersweet day filled with joy, hope and fun. Hope your day was too. May your love for Barbara continue to bring you hope. Love, Sherry

Posted by: Sherry Harper | January 3, 2013 12:44 PM

God bless you all. These memories of Barbara are so beautiful, and make me appreciate all the more the amazing woman she became.

Posted by: Denise | January 3, 2013 2:41 PM

Continued prayers for you, Tripp, and your family on this bittersweet day. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I still feel Barbara's loss as new, so I can't imagine what you are going through. Silly story, but I have to recover my kitchen chairs and I was thinking of changing the color from a red print to something else after many many years of a red kitchen. I couldn't bring myself to do it, since one of my memories of Barbara was that we shared a red kitchen. She told me shortly before her passing that she thought of me every time she scooped coffee out of the red canister I sent her one year for Christmas. I know that is of no importance, but just an example of how she is always on my heart. Know that this mostly stranger holds you in her heart and prayers.

Posted by: Danielle M. | January 3, 2013 6:22 PM

My prayers and thoughts are with you Papa C.....we all miss her very much.

Posted by: LadyLovas | January 3, 2013 8:48 PM

Ah, how young and beautiful! Both of you. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful memory. We miss her too.

Posted by: MOTUS | January 3, 2013 9:28 PM

i am certain that the legacy of your lives together will forever impact your family tree. i was blessed to have an awesome example of love watching my grandparents journey through life. they taught me what it really means to love and respect and adore your spouse. i know your marriage must be the same beacon of light for your family .van example to live by and pass on. lots of prayers going your way. as i have a house full with six kids i spend much time in my laundry room as did Barbara . i have dedicated my time in there to prayer time for the Curtis family in memory of Barbara several times daily i pray for you by name.

Posted by: April | January 4, 2013 12:05 AM

Oh Danielle....Barbara would say to make the change if that's what your intuition is telling you....your memories of her will be in your heart and mind always regardless of what color your kitchen is. Who knows what new memory will be fostered in your children about how Mom changed the kitchen! By the way, I make Jonny's and my coffee by scooping our beans out of that red canister every morning at 6:15 :) Thank you for your gift. always...Papa Tripp

Posted by: Barbara | January 4, 2013 11:20 PM

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