07 July 2013

Storytelling Sunday ~ My Precious

Sian suggested we share a precious related to a journey this month for Storytelling Sunday and I have so very many of those but I won't be sharing any of those. I am veering away somewhat from the prompt of sharing about the little things, the special little something, an object and am sharing about a precious person.

This past Wednesday, July 3rd we suddenly and unexpectedly lost my mother in law, 
Elena to cancer. We are all quite devastated at her passing and I am in still
 in the phase of crying both expectantly and unexpectedly.
Tonight as I read some of your stories I kept thinking about how journey fit Elena so well. She loved to travel and came by it almost genetically. Her parents met on a boat carrying them to Puerto Rico and that is where she was born several years later. At the end of her parents' lives they had traveled to 73 countries.

Seven years ago Elena and her husband, Herb decided to sell almost everything they
 owned and hit the road. They traveled from state to state working as park hosts in various state and county parks. They lived in a small camper and never ever complained and if they thought of killing each other they never let on.

 I love the Chosen One dearly but I don't think those arrangements would be healthy
 for our relationship. It worked for them and it brought both of them a great deal of happiness.  Every place they lived she planted flowers and made quilts.
She left each place 
better than it was when she arrived.

I will be sharing more about her in the days to come
but today,
Elena you are my precious. 
I was blessed to have you in my life.

To read about others' "precious" belongings click over to Sian's for "Storytelling Sunday"


  1. Sorry to hear that but a beautiful tribute and photo. Hugs from over here x

  2. So sorry that you have lost such a special person, but how lucky you were to have her in your life for as long as you did. What an adventure they had in their travels. I look forward to learning more about her in future posts.

  3. What a lovely tribute,Beverly.

  4. I am so very sorry to hear about your sad loss today. It feels like a privilege to have you tell a story as such a loving tribute. Thank you. Thinking about you all today and over the days to come.

  5. So sorry for your loss, but as Debs14 said, how lucky you were to have her in your life and how happy she must have made everyone who came into contact with her.

  6. Oh what a beautiful tribute Beverly - for a very beautiful lady - thinking of you and praying for you all - both today and in the future. Very big hugs my friend from my little island. J xx

  7. What a lovely post today. Sending you lots of hugs and condolences to your whole family.
    She sounds like a wonderful and well-traveled person. I'm sure she touched many people on her travels.

  8. Sorry to hear of your loss you have written a a wonderful tribute for your mother-in-law.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. She sounded quite remarkable. I would love to also travel like that after retirement. I have a friend doing it now, kids and all! She says they will do it until she feels like throttling her husband and kids and then they will return to 'normal' life :)

  10. Such a wonderful tribute, she sounds like an amazing woman. I cannot imagine living in a small trailer with DH. I think we would kill each other within a month.

  11. I'm so sorry to hear of your lose and I hope writing this beautiful post has helped x

  12. What a lovely tribute to Elena.....you are in my thoughts and prayers, Beverly
    Alison xx

  13. A beautiful tribute to an obviously special lady. So sorry for your loss.

  14. Oh Beverly, I'm so sorry for your loss. A wonderful tribute to her. I love the thought of always making somewhere better than you found it. Thinking of you xx

  15. Hi Beverly so sorry for your loss but so glad you could find the courage to write this tribute to her. What a wonderful personality she was from the sound of things. Her DH will need a lot of TLC now which I'm sure he will get from such a loving family.

  16. What a wonderful life and epitaph - 'she left every place better than how she found it'. I hope that the good memories help to ease the sadness and grief in time.

  17. So sorry to read of Elena's passing and your tribute to her is lovely. A soul who loved to travel and expand her horizons, and made everyone else's world a little better ... A life well lived.


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