Monday, July 11, 2011

Visiting Clara's Grave

This Memorial Day, I wanted to do something special for Clara. You can read the story if you click on the link. We bought a cross with some flowers on it and cleared out some of the weeds so you could read the headstone again.

While we were at the pioneer cemetery, Lily found this baby sheep on the head stone and tried to hug it. I thought it was precious and could imagine the baby smiling down from heaven with approval.

Hopefully, this will become a tradition. It was a way to honor a special 9-year old girl who died so young.

We brought enough flowers to put on her brother's grave as well. His is in the background. The heart ache that these parents suffered must have been unimaginable. It is my way of honoring all parents who have suffered the loss of a child.

We were blessed that Steve was off work and could come with us. He enjoyed reading the headstones and recognizing some last names of some local farming families.

Hoping that this will be something we do more often. Next year, we want to locate Steve's first dad's grave and put some flowers on it. The children have never seen their grandpa's grave before.
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Anonymous said...

It sounds like you made some special memories on this day. Still, the thought of visiting a grave site would make me very sad.

Camille said...

What a sweet tradition. Your Lily is too cute! :)

Blessings to you!

caz1975 said...

It's amazing how a mother's heart can be so gripped with pain for the loss of someone else's child. The church my friend recently got married in is one of the oldest in Australia and it had lots of very old plaques on the wall in remembrance of people from long ago, a lot of those plaques were in honour of children.

One in particular really upset me as there were 3 children on it, a 2 year old, a 4 year old and a baby a few days old, they all died only days apart, obviously from a sickness that spread through the family. The thought of suffering that kind of grief had me crying in the middle of a wedding rehearsal.I love that you are honouring a little girl whose parents must've grieved her so! Beautiful :-)

Mich said...

precious family memories are being made.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

That is awesome, Stace! Love how you are teaching your children. Love that Clara is still being honored. Good job, Stace.

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