Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Cheryl Bidwell Story Garden






















And some of the pictures of the garden that did get built and was named in honor of my mother. This was her vision and I think she would be very happy with how it turned out. To me, it looks just like what I heard her talk about when she first dreamed it up. The wheel looking thing is actually a pizza garden but was not yet in full bloom. This is a place where kids can hang out, climb, read books and dream. There are other things in the garden that I did not get pictures of.
The last two pictures are of my mothers grave. I love the saying on the gravestone - one of her favorites.

5 comments:

Glenda said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes, Heidi. I wish you and your children had had more years with your mother. My mom was born only two years after your mom, so that aspect really hit home with me. I do appreciate my mom; I appreciate that she loves my son and all her grandkids unconditionally. And I'm getting ever so much better about loving who she is and not focusing on things I wish were different. Thank you for sharing your feelings about your mother.

Snavleys said...

What is so wonderful about some mothers is that they can look back on the years they raised their kids and know that there are things they wish they would have done differently. The very cool thing about my mom is that she was the type of grandmother that she wished she would have been as a mother. It's easy to feel resentment about some things but she made up for all of it when she became "grandma". She also went from being my source of contention to my very best friend.

Laura said...

Oh my - your posts about your mom really hit home. We lost my father unexpectedly at age 58, and awaiting the arrival of his gravestone has been super hard on my mom. The other entry, your letter to your mom, was so very sweet and touching. This is tough stuff, losing a parent. The memory garden for your mother is amazing! What a lovely tribute.

*peace*

Ren said...

Oh my....
I actually was looking at the pic of us on the butterfly chair and trying to figure out who everyone was when it hit me "OMG, I was still BLONDE!!" Sheesh.:)

We were just down at the storytelling center with Chuck and Becca's family showing them the Bidwell brick and the butterfly chair and all....I need to send you a pic of the Jonesborough one to put on your blog, just for fun. And I need to post one of the Fairbanks version.

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