January 14, 2013 11:33 PM

A New Chapter in our lives...

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                                  Maddy heading back for her future...

As a family we begin a new year without our matriarch and my beloved Barbara. For her grandchildren, with God's grace her memory for some will just be fragmented and others more vivid.  For her children...it is stark and real....all have realities and memories that will always be there. Each and everyone of them know what she felt and thought about their lives and where they were going....She loved each one exactly where they were.  I know that her only regrets would have been that she didn't have a few more minutes and words with each one.
I lost my mother in 2002....the realization of lost relationship with her was overwhelming even though we were very close. In the reality of life, I had missed what was really important.  The reality is...that when we come to the end of this life, all we really have to carry into Eternity are our relationships and our character. 

Tennessee sunset 2.jpgThough we are seeing the fading lights of those passing before us...we can still see the constancy of God's hand in the truth of His sunrise and sunset....Love each other fully through the days you have....
In His grip,
Papa Tripp

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I miss her.

Posted by: Donna | January 15, 2013 4:49 PM

Since Barb's sudden death, and the weeks following, I for very first time really felt mine and my husband's mortality.It was so vivid to me. I consider this a gift from you both-you being one. I have loved my husband more deeply these last few weeks, appreciated him just the way he is, let the little and big things go, and in turn, he has done things he has never done before. The other day, for the first time, instead of getting up after he finished his dinner and leaving the table to sit down on the couch to watch tv or sit at the computer to chill, he came over to me, pulled up a chair and just sat by me as I finished my dinner. It was one of the most enjoyable moments I have ever had with him in 19 years. These moments are all I ever really wanted.
I prayed to Barb to help us. She has so quickly interceded for us.
Thanks for continuing to post.

Posted by: Eileen | January 15, 2013 11:52 PM

Thanks for continuing to write about your family and life. She is smiling proudly as you continue to touch lives through her blog.

Peace to you,

Posted by: Jen | January 16, 2013 5:14 PM

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