Monday, July 17, 2006

openings in heaven


Dorothy Nell
January 30, 1919 - July 17, 2006
I made this art in memory of my mother-in-law Dorothy Nell. She passed away today July 17, 2006 at 3:30am.
She was kind and sweet and had a fiesty sense of humor. She was a terrific grandmother and a wonderful mother-in-law. We will miss her spirited energy...

Perhaps they are not stars,
but rather openings in heaven
where the love of our lost ones pours through
and shines down upon us
to let us know they are happy.


Eskimo Proverb

24 comments:

Amanda said...

i love that. is the photo a family member of yours? she's adorable. she kind of has your features. i like to think our loved ones are looking down at us. my mom and i actually believe i'm her mom. she died in nov. of 1973 and i was born aug. 30th, 1974. it had taken 4 years for my mom to have me after my sister. and then her mom died and she was pregnant with me. i like to believe i came back to let my mom know all is ok.
-amanda brooks
:)

~jolene said...

Dear Angela,

Deepest heartfelt condolences to each of you whose lives she touched.

You will feel her spirit in more ways that you can even begin to imagine.

Your creative expression of love is a beautiful gift...

Sincerely,
~jolene

JRoberts said...

Dear Angela,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You always put your heart and soul into beautiful work, and this is truly a wonderful testement to a much loved woman.

Bea said...

Angela,
My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother in law. She must have been a wonderful woman. She will live forever in your hearts.
Bea

Anonymous said...

The gentle continual lights of love falls on us always.
Even during the day, when over- whelmed by the greater light and love of the Son. My greatest condolences to you and your family.
>PEACE

Amanda said...

i had posted my comment above before you had edited the blog, so i didn't realize she was your husband's mom. she must have been a wonderful lady. she was born the same date my mom was-january 30th (my mom was born 1946). :) i'm so sorry for your loss yesterday. know that she's happy with god now, and watching over all of you. love, amanda
:)

Anonymous said...

Dear Angela,

I also wish to add my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother-in-law.

Your art piece is a wonderful tribute to her.

Sincerely,
-j

Tatterededge said...

It's amazing how art can soothe the soul. Just the simple act of creating helps us to reaffim life.

This has always brought me comfort:

"I am standing on a sea shore
a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand a watch her until at length - she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.


Then someone at my side says, "There! She's gone". Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her; and just at the moment when someone at my side
says, "There, She's gone", there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "There she comes!" And that is dying."


Sending you prayers and good thoughts at this sad time.

KLeniger said...

What a beautiful piece. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Katie

brigittavontrapp said...

to angela,

heartfelt sympathy to u, steve, becca and jess and all ur family.

across the miles.

clare.

brigittavontrapp said...

to angela,

heartfelt sympathy to u, steve, becca and jess and all ur family.

across the miles.

clare.

Jann said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss ....... I do empathize with what you, and especially your husband, must be going through. My mother-in-law passed away a few years ago, and then, 3 months later, my father-in-law. Two years ago, I sat holding my dad's hand as he died; it was very, very, difficult, to say the least. Please know that the sadness you now feel will lessen with time, and the love and memories you carry for her in your hearts will always remain and continue to grow with time. Your artwork is beautiful. Sincerely, Jann

Babsarella said...

Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Today is the first anniversary of loosing my FIL and although thoughts of him still bring a smile to our faces, we miss him very much. I hope the memories of her love and kindess, and all your wonderful time together will give you comfort at this sad time. Hugs.

Michel Murphy said...

what a blessing that you had her with you these many years. You have created a lovely tribute to her.

Deb said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your artwork is a lovely tribute.

“There is peace and rest and comfort in sorrow” Kierkegaard

Deb

Kim said...

Sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law

pattisl said...

I just returned from a vacation to Nashville and Florida. I was out of touch with the internet. I just read your blog and would like to offer deepest sympathy to your family, especially your husband.

What a wonderful tribute you composed to honor your mother-in-law. I'll bet she loved having you as a daughter-in-law!

The sailing ship quotation from Tatteredge is beautiful! I am going to copy it and keep it handy.
It is certainly a reminder that the "ending" we think of as death, is really a beginning for our loved ones.

When someone in my family passes away, I like to think that all of our passed relatives and friends are waiting to greet them. I'll bet there are great reunion celebrations in heaven!

pattisl

tiffinix said...

What a beautiful tribute - I love the text in this piece. And of course your rose photo. I am so sorry you are in my heart and thoughts.

ac said...

I am truly moved by everyones comments and it has brought me comfort...
thank you so much...

Cris said...

My heartfelt condolences and prayers to you and your family. This piece is a stunning tribute.

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Anonymous said...

I just heard the news. My condolences go out to the family. I knw how it is to lose someone you love but the memories we have of them will forever live in our hearts. All my Love,Karey

Lesley Riley said...

So sorry to hear that your mother is gone. She will live on in your heart and memory.

Vintage Collage & Quilts said...

What a beautiful collage! Condolences to you & your family.