Tuesday, January 01, 2008

In memory


In the summer of 1953, to celebrate his firstborn son born in late autumn the year before, a great man planted this tree.

As you see this is a grand tree, tall and proud, as was the man who planted it, if not in physical height so in appearance.

Tonight, on New Year's Eve, the beloved tree planter passed on, just before 8 in the evening, giving cancer a tough fight for 2,5 years.

This summer, the youngest son of the proud tree planter, aka my dear husband, and I, had the pleasure to take the proud man and his beloved wife on a trip and sit by this tree, drinking coffee, eating cake and having a lovely day with family.
I will treasure this moment forever !

Rest in peace - you left many footprints in our hearts!

49 comments:

Nadine said...

My very sincere condoleances to you and your family, Hanne.

Some people have "that special touch". And when the time has come for them to leave us, we treasure so many memories of them, that we're never alone...

That tree is so beautiful and peaceful !

A big (((HUG)), dear friend !
NADINE

Carolyn said...

Hanne, I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a true "gentle" man. Prayers are going out for all who loved him.

Winona said...

Hanne, I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for comfort for you, your husband, and his family.
Blessings,
Winona

Doodlebug Gail said...

Hanne, I am so sorry for your loss. May memories of happier times sustain you through your time of grief.

What a lovely story about visiting that very special tree.

Hugs,
Gail

Wenche said...

Tenker på dere............klem fra oss begge til dere.

Vicky said...

My heartfelt condolences, Hanne. You were left a remarkable legacy by this wonderful man. (Hugs)

Pat said...

Hanne, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family.I am sure that He is in a better place now and pain free.Your family is fortunate to have that very special tree to visit and help you get through this very difficult time. (Hugs)

Ms. Jan said...

Hanne, I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband's father. Please share my condolences with the entire family and take care of yourselves during this difficult time.
xoxo
jan

Patti said...

I'm glad you have happy memories to take you through this difficult time. Hold onto each other and give thanks for his long life. Sending you hugs and prayers and hoping you find the comfort you need.

Helen said...

My sincere condolences on the loss of your FIL. I'm glad you have many happy memories and I hope they give you comfort in these difficult times.
Take care, Helen

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What lovely memories, I am so sorry to hear of your loss....take care

Judith said...

Hanne I am sorry for your loss.

de vliegende koe said...

A beautiful story with a sad ending. I’m sorry Hanne to read about your loss. Your father-in-law must have been a wonderful man. Take care!

Tamera said...

Hanne,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

May Britt said...

Dere har mange gode minner om en spesiell og kjær mann. Klem fra meg.

Nancy in Norway said...

Kondolerer.

Elin said...

Tankane går til deg no, kondolerer!
Eg mista far min for eit halvt år sidan, og kjenner korleis det er!

Bjørg said...

Kondolerer.Mineq tanker går til dere alle fire.

Gudveig HN said...

Kondolerer, Hanne!
Samtidig må jeg berømme deg for de fine ord du skrev om svigerfaren din, og for at du deler dette med oss... Tusen takk!
Tenker på dere...
Godt Nytt År!
Klem fra Gudveig

Juliann in WA said...

Hanne - what a wonderful tribute you have given to your father in-law and a beautiful example of the love of family. May you all find peace in your memories.

Julia said...

Hanne, I send you my sincere condolences. He sounds like a wonderful, gentle man. You and all who loved him will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Julia

Darlene said...

Keeping you and yours in my thoughts! I'm so sorry to read about your loss. Cherish all the memories.

Elisabeth Augusta said...

Kondolerer, Hanne.

Yvonne said...

Oh Hanne, what a wonderful tribute. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family as you mourn your loss.

Pam said...

Wonderful tribute. Hugs to you and your family at this difficult time.

Pam@
www.pamgwillim.com

Beth said...

What a wonderful tribute! I too was privileged to be the daughter-in-law to a wonderful "Pops". He was a role model to his children and grandchildren. My prayers go out to your family on this New Year's Day

Sigrun said...

Kondolerer Hanne.

Lise said...

Så nydelig et innlegg Hanne - han må ha vært en flott mann!!
Lise

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Keeping you in my thoughts...what a lovely post about your father-in-law.

blueheron91 said...

Hanne, you have written a very beautiful and inspiring tribute to your dear father-in-law. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Take care,
Susan

Nina In Norway said...

Kondolerer Hanne.
Godt du har gode minner i sogen.

Godt nytt år til deg. Håper du får et langt og produktivt syår.
Jeg synes de røde/hvite blokkene din er fantastiske. Har også gitt meg selv et nyttarsløfte om å kaste meg over din Fabric Diet 2008. God ide. Har du noen "kjøreregelr"?

QuiltMom said...

Dear Hanne,
What a loving story - it is hard to lose the people we love.Like you, We recently lost my father in law. My father in law was 83 and a grand man who nurtured many people in his life. Your story struck a chord with me.
May you find comfort and solace in the many warm memories you have of your dear father in law.
With sincere condolences,
Regards from a western Canadian quilter,
Anna

JudyL said...

Thanks for sharing that story. I'm sorry he's gone but glad the battle is over. You have great memories of a great man and now I'll remember him and the tree he planted.

katelnorth said...

Great tree, Hanne. And my condolences to your DH on the loss of his father - I lost mine in 2007 myself (though not to cancer) so I understand what he's going through.

jeanette said...

Jag beklagar sorgen.

Butterfly said...

Hi Hanne.
My deepst condolanses to you and your family!! Remember the good stuff :o)

I've joind your fabric diet for 2008 ;-D youe energy and spirit is truely inspiring!!

Best wishes for the new year!!

May Kristin said...

I feel so sorry for your and your family's loss, Hanne.
You have some wonderful memories from a lifetime, treasure them and take good care of them, and bring them further to your children. Take care of each other.
My best, May Kristin

Anne Ida said...

Kjære, Hanne! Kondolerer. Dette var leie nyheter på nyåret. Likevel, de gode minnene vil dere alltid ha med dere, og jeg må berømme deg for at du tenker positivt. Tenker på dere! Klem...

Caroline said...

My dear friend
I can't find those wonderful words you did find to talk about your dear FIl.
Your wonderful friends around the world are there in prayers with you !
Love
Caroline in Brussels

Tamara said...

Hanne,

So sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have great memories that will help ease the pain in years to come.

Sherry said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful memory with your husband & the family gathered around that tree. You & your husband are in my thoughts & prayers.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

So sorry to hear your sad news Hanne. It's a beautiful tree and the planter obviously had a romantic soul.

Simonetta said...

Hanne,so sorry for your loss.It will be great in your memoirs! A great and big hugs!

pudge's girl said...

My father too was planting trees for a large forestry service when I was born. I would always pass by that forest and remember him. My best wishes to your family. May god bless. Mary

Beth said...

How very beautifully spoken. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

Lene said...

Så nydelig skrevet, Hanne!
Klem fra Lene

julieQ said...

A lovely momento. I am sorry for your loss.

JulieQ

Leanne said...

Dear Hanne,
My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
X
Leanne

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I know that you, your family and all who knew him will miss him, may you find peace at the end of his battle with cancer.

Hugs,

Evelyn