Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Over the River and Through the Woods

Well, ok, over the Grand Canyon and through the airports . . .

to graduation we go.

The Lovely Daughter graduates on Sunday. We leave for the great state of Oregon on Thursday, where we hope to see Lisa, the Columbia River Gorge, Cannon Beach, and ~ oh yeah, a few important events at Willamette University!

It will be tough, to make this trip that for four years I had looked forward to sharing as a family of five. But it will be wonderful, too, to help our beautiful girl celebrate friendships and achievements that began with that fateful hurricane four years ago.

Back in a week or so ~

14 comments:

Carol said...

Safe travels, GG. And congratulations on all of her accomplishments.

Stratoz said...

enjoy Oregon. wonder if I will ever travel back to see those places you mentioned. It is all amazing and throw in the graduation celebration. may much joy be with you.

Kathryn J said...

I wonder if I'll ever see that beautiful beach again... Have a wonderful trip! Congratulations to the lovely daughter and her family.

Michelle said...

Traveling mercies, and congratulations to Lovely Daughter!!

Purple said...

Give my congratulations to your daughter...she will carry the Chicago son with her...as will all of you.

Quotidian Grace said...

Travel mercies, and enjoy the graduation! Congratulations to the LD, our newest PBK!!

Sophia said...

Many blessings on your trip and may there be consolation in the midst of the grief.

My oldest daughter would be graduating from high school and heading to college and the seventeenth anniversary of her death is this Friday. Some years it's now mostly a joy to remember her but the grief is quite intense this time....Which is sort of a consolation too as there is such a connection to her and to who I was with her. (Also what I'm mourning, of course).

Your children are lucky to have a mother who will speak her truth and let them speak theirs about the double reality of this and other milestones.

Prayers.

mompriest said...

I love Cannon Beach...congratulations to your daughter...

Jan said...

Safe travels. I envy you going to Oregon! And for such a celebration!

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LawAndGospel said...

Godspeed and congratulations!

bean said...

moving forward. and with such a wonderful occausion. congratulations to your beautiful daughter and her entire family.

Ruby said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Dear Gannet Girl - I stumbled across your blog through Karen's at Gberger and noticed your Chartres cathedral tags - your photos are absolutely wonderful - I felt I also would comment to agree what a spectacular and special place it is. In fact, I did my undergraduate thesis on Fulbert of Chartres and I am currently working with another scholar who is connected with the cathedral, John of Salisbury. Last time I visited the cathedral (summer 2006 - same as you!) we also took several Malcolm Miller tours; thoroughly enjoyable.

What specifically stuck in my mind from reading your posts was the description of the labyrinth, which also holds special memories for me. We arrived late in the afternoon and the cathedral was only open for another hour. Unusually they had the labyrinth uncovered (apparently they do this several afternoons a week in the summer). Walking it was an intense experience - I started off a little skeptical - moving quickly, concentrating on games like keeping my feet on the lines. As I walked I found the weaving in and out as I went around cleared my mind and I could feel my mind reaching a stage of prayerful concentration. It was a difficult point of my life and as things became more difficult over the next few months that memory became a touchstone for me, one that helped reinforce my faith. Thank you for bringing back more memories with your photographs.

This is the first time I have read any of your blog - I shall pray for your son and your family. Requiescat in pace.

Irene (apologies for the lengthy comment)