Today our family grieved, celebrated, and remembered a very influential and renowned man: Dr. Robert H. Schuller. As the girls and I sat in the front rows of the widely attended funeral, we had a perfect view of Papa Bear (who was seated on stage throughout with other clergy members), and could also clearly see each of my beloved in-laws as they took turns sharing, reading scriptures, and paying tribute to the patriarch of their family.
Death, by its very nature, often brings pain, sorrow, and regret to those left behind. As hard as these feelings can be to work through, they truly are a beautiful thing, because with death also comes remembrance and recalling of long-passed joys and shared experiences, thankfulness, appreciation, admiration, and a refocusing of values. And love also, by its very own nature, feels both pain and joy, regret and thankfulness. Today, it was absolute beauty witnessing people express all of those feelings — it was evidence of the pure love for and pride in Dr. Schuller that exists and will continue on.
The past few days have caused me to pause and ponder not only my husband’s wonderful grandfather, but the countless worth of both of my girls’ incredible sets of grandparents. Which brings me to…
THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH.
Two days ago, Papa Bear and I took Clementine and Darla to Disneyland. His dad has been a Disney employee for some time, but Saturday was his final day of work before retiring. So, we met up with Papa Bear’s mother and brother (and his lovely fiance) and celebrated family and togetherness with one final trip to the happiest place on earth. Here is a shot of “Grandpa Geppetto,” as we have affectionately called him, working hard on Casey Jr!
Grandma Geppetto can really get Darla Bear giggling hard; they love to laugh together!
I’ve always thought groups that went to Disneyland with matching shirts were pretty silly, but, truth be told, a little part of me has secretly always wanted to do it. So when I found out this would be our final trip to Disney, I totally caved and put the girls in matching tops! They didn’t have a cheesy Disney image on them or say #colemanbabes or anything, but the girls were definitely twinning!
Our little family just loves each other to pieces, and we also love our bigger family more than we can express.
Today we felt sorrow and admiration for a patriarch, and at the same time counted our blessings in abundance as we acknowledged the precious men and women (from both sides of our families) that our girls will grow up calling Grandpa and Grandma.
BABY FASHION TIP: This post isn’t really an OOTD feature, but just in case anyone is wondering, the girls’ shirts are from Zara.com and were only $9.99 each. Zara has tons of affordable baby tops right now, and even some great organic cotton options in the $7 range!