I have been thinking a lot about Aunt Anelle, times at the ranch, and my Adair family over the last week. I know I have truly been blessed. I am so grateful for what I have been taught about God's plan for us, that death is just a part of that plan, and that we are an eternal family. My dad gave a beautiful talk about this very thing at the funeral. I find that death, especially when it is unexpected, promotes thinking about things of an eternal nature. Life here on earth is such a short part of our existence and there are wonderful things waiting for us when we pass from this life. We miss those we love, but it is a great comfort knowing that it is not the end. We will be with them again someday. In the meantime, I have great memories that I can reflect on.
- staying up until all hours of the night playing card games
- playing games -- Aunt Nell loved to play games
- when Nell talked to you, you were her focus and it seemed like nothing else mattered
- we had so much fun singing together and she was really good at making up harmony
- being out on the water at McPhee Reservoir
- going to stay with Aunt Nell and Uncle Ken when I visited the ranch
Speaking of family. It is a tribute to how much Nell was loved by seeing the family turnout. Of course, all of her siblings came and 12 out of her 16 nieces and nephews came out. My kids loved how there were cousins galore. In addition to their 3 first cousins, they also got to play with 37 of their second cousins -- and those were just the ones that were there! It seems our numbers have increased exponentially. It was also great seeing my great Aunt Adelle and my dad's cousins that I haven't seen in years. I loved reconnecting with so many family member that we don't get to see all the time. I have a very fun family and we all enjoyed being together. Aunt Nell would have especially liked that part. She always loved a family get-together!
The service itself was beautiful. My Uncle Lynn gave the eulogy. My dad spoke on Heavenly Father's plan. Uncle Doug and Aunt Fay gave prayers. Uncle Ken and Linzi, Shawn, and Andy all spoke and shared memories of their mother. About half of the family (mostly the kids and moms) sang three primary songs; I am a Child of God, I Like to Look for Rainbows, and Families can be Together Forever. There was lots of laughing and many tears. I think my favorite part was when Shawn shared a poem that Uncle Ken had written for Aunt Nell several years ago. It was tender, yet in the tone of his great sense of humor and talked about their history together and relationship. I was so glad that I could be there with so many others to celebrate her and her life! I will miss her dearly, but I look forward with great anticipation for the reunion that we will have someday.