Saturday March 18, 2017 I had a Celebration of Life open house here at the farm. Many friends stopped by to say goodbye, and share some lovely funny stories. My brother flew in on the red eye that morning from Oregon.
I will admit I was afraid that no one would show up since Jeff's family is having a large memorial in town. I was thankful when Kris from Kris Loves Fabric arrived, and I was pleasantly surprised at all of the people who came. I know we had well over 50 people come.
Jeff wasn't one to take pictures often. I managed to scrounge up enough pictures to make a memory board. I titled it A Life Well Lived. On the board were pictures which I got from the AA when he was little, a few pictures of the daughters, and a picture of him with the grand kids.
I also received an arrangement from Kate and Dustin my oldest daughter, and Kate's mother in law sent a lovely plant also.
The prayer inside his memorial folder:
Native American Prayer
I give you this one thought to keep-
I am with you still- I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
I will say that I think that Jeff was a great example of a Life Well Lived and all of his friends and the family that showed to share, were proof.