way out west

20120904-205528.jpg20120904-205536.jpg20120904-204406.jpg20120904-204427.jpg20120904-204440.jpg20120904-204447.jpg20120904-204453.jpg20120904-205600.jpg20120904-205547.jpg20120904-204547.jpg20120904-205512.jpg20120904-204524.jpg20120904-204530.jpg20120904-204537.jpg20120904-205519.jpgwe went way out west last weekend. it was a sad trip, but to have all our family there made it a joyous occasion. my grandmother died, after being sick for a few weeks. she lived a long and happy life. she had two daughters, my mom and aunt karen, and six grandkids, my two sisters and i and my three cousins. the funeral was really beautiful and sentimental. one very special part of the trip was being able to spread my grandma’s ashes. we threw some off the scottsbluff monument, in her garden that she loved so dearly, and at redington cemetery where her whole family is buried. we had a nice little family ceremony at the cemetery where we each got to scoop some of her ashes by her grave. we said some words, cried and reflected all while trying to take in the beautiful surroundings.

the land out in western nebraska is gorgeous. brian had never been to scottsbluff, so it was fun to share some family history and tradition with him. it makes me realize how important it is to share your family history and roots with your children. this was something that my mother always did when my sisters and i were young, and it is something i want to continue with my children someday.

although it was a sad occasion that brought our family together, it ended up being almost like a family reunion.

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