Sunset in the Coconino National Forest, looking northeast toward Sedona, AZ, 4/17/15
Sunday, February 14, 2010
In Memory of Elise
It's been over 16 months since Elise's death and I still think of her every day. She loved the outdoors and camping ... so, it seems natural to remember her as I prepare for this trip. For those who don't know, Elise was my daughter who passed 8 months after going to the emergency room with brain cancer.
I'm also remembering Elise today because of a happy Valentine's Day memory. Seven years ago I got a phone call from her with great news. She and Cameron were pregnant! I was so excited to be a Gramma. And, as Jasper grew, so did my pride in Elise as a wonderful mother.
Suanne (me) and Jasper on Tiger Mountain ('07). I love being a Gramma ...
and I loved being the mother of the mother who took this picture.
Elise and Jasper on top of an old stump during our
last camping trip before her diagnosis. (Aug 07)
One of Elise's last wishes was to make happy memories with her family
on a trip to Yellowstone National Park ... and she did. (June 08)
Van with a queen bed and teardrop trailer with a full bed
for our trip with Elise to Yellowstone.
Sunset at Missouri Headwaters SP. (June 08)
This is one of my favorite pictures that Elise took ('05?). She was on a hike
with Jasper and her friend Jorj near the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River.
She loved the moss and so do I. It's the picture I use for
the background on my desktop ... so peaceful.
Elise would think it was pretty cool that her newly retired mama was going on this cross-country adventure. And I trust that this journey, among the nation's most amazing natural wonders, will be salve for my soul as I learn to live the rest of my life without her.