Friday, September 19, 2008

In Honor of Mildred Hannah Stringham..... My Grandmother

In Loving Memory
Mildred Hannah Hillam Stringham
July 13, 1915 - August 31, 2008

I know a lot of you have already seen this on Jason or Becca's blog. But since my blog is kind of like my journal so I want this for me. A couple of weeks ago my dear Grandma passed away. It was a bittersweet day. I am so happy to know she is not in pain anymore and reunited with my grandfather, but it was sad because we will all miss her so much. My parents and all my brothers and sister went down to the funeral. It was so much fun to spend time iwth them without the little kiddies. It was just like old times. My brother Jason gave a beautiful talk on her behalf, if you want to read it go to his blog. After the funeral we went to the farm and had a lot of fun. It wasn't till I was driving away and realized that I may never be going back that I got really emotional. Going to Idaho to see my grandparents will always be such a wonderful memory to me. I will miss my Grandmother so much and can't wait to see her again.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the funeral services:

Her beautiful casket and headstone.

My dad paying his last respects to his mother.

The pallbearers- my brothers and the other grandsons look so serious. Each of them carried a special place in there heart for grandma.

After the funeral services we went to her farm house in Ashton Idaho. Like I said in my previous blog, we have so many memories at this place. We had a lot of fun running around the farm and getting pics of our favorite memories. These are my favorite pics. It is nice when Becca is around to be the family photographer. As you can tell these were not taken from my camera.

My dad in the fields where he grew up.

A picture of me and my brother and sisters on the farm. It was so much fun to spend time with all of my brothers and sister. We had a blast.

Here I am 8 months pregnant, I know I look like I am 10 months pregnant!!

The old farm equipment. Becca made us take a bi zillion pictures. But it was fun and we got some good ones.

A pic of me in front of the canal. This was one of my favorite memories, playing in the canal at grandma's farm.


san said...

Those are some great pictures - thanks for sharing.

Mark and Jennifer said...

I think that is a time that will remain one of my favorite memories! Our feelings about Grandma and Grandpa and all our memories were captured in the funeral talks and the visit to the farm that day. I'm so glad we all have pictures to remind us.

Courtney said...

What a beautiful day too! You're right, it's very bitersweet to loose an aged grandparent.

The Dillon 6 said...

these are great pictures. I can tell from all of the postings by your family how much you love your Grandmother! She was a beautiful woman and it is obvious her good works have trickled down like a river through her family. :)

The Kidds said...

some of my best memories ever! we were so lucky to have such loving grandparents on both sides... i am so happy that my kids will have the same blessing!

Tara and Orlando said...

Those are great pictures. But I"m sorry to hear about your grandma.

Jaime said...

Those pictures will be treasured for generations. I love the preggo pic of you. You look fab! I can't believe your baby will be here in just over a month. I hope you are feeling better.

Shawna said...

The pictures are so beautiful. The sky amazes me in each one, I can't get over it. I'm so glad you were able to go with your family and spend time in such a special place.

theamazingjohnsons said...

I really like those pictures. They are very nice.

nea and rusty said...

these are beautiful, maria! thank you for sharing, and having lost my own grandmother within the last year-- i can relate to all your feelings.