In May of 2012, I wrote this post about my mother-in-law who had recently moved to a nursing home. The last year-and-a-half has been a slow decline that had picked up serious speed in the last few weeks. Our plan was to make the 90-mile trip on Saturday, but late Friday evening we received a call. Perhaps we should come sooner. We spent most of the next 36 hours sitting vigil as she slipped away, and the next few days making funeral plans, catching up at home and preparing to travel this weekend for the services. Last night I finally took time to sit down and concentrate on the theme and see what I could come up with. My thought process ran along the lines of "ornaments --- Christmas ---peace on Earth --- doves."
And doves took me straight to one of the songs chosen for the memorial service: "I'll Fly Away"
Some glad morning when this life is o'er, I'll fly away
To a home on God's celestial shore, I'll fly away.
I started looking for images of dove-shaped ornaments but eventually just settled on an outline of a dove that I copied freehand and embellished - my interpretation of "I'll Fly Away." I know - the connection to the theme is pretty vague, but that's where my head is this week.
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