The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A short post from the Sacramento Airport...

Greetings from the Sacramento Airport! It is 8:45 p.m. and our flight is an hour delayed. Bummer on the delay, but so nice that we have the laptop to check in with you! We hope you each had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Here's a photo recap of a great week spent with family in northern California!

Arriving at Grandma Lorraine's...

Tom's brother, "Uncle Mitch" carving the delicious turkey at Ron and Billie's!

Great food, great company!

Finding a good spot to take a Christmas photo for the cards...thank you Aunt Tami and Aunt Shellie for your extreme patience with a certain subject who did not want to be photographed! Readers...your cards were mailed today!

What fun...the cutie pie in the middle is "David" and his parents were former students of my dad's! They told me a story about him that I had never heard but will certainly is such a treat when you hear a story about a loved one that you never knew, but makes their spirit feel so real once again! Thank you Bryce and Suzanne!

Ashlyn, my mom, and me...

Gayle, her granddaughter Grace, Ashlyn and Grandma Lorraine...thank you Gayle for sharing Grace with us, for baking with the girls, and for taking such awesome care of my mother!

Ashlyn loved reading to Grandma, and Grandma is such a patient listener!

Grace and Ashlyn were able to play together for an entire day and Ashlyn was so happy to meet a new friend in Red Bluff!

My new friend, "Melissa" at her beautiful shop, "M" in Redding, CA. Melissa and I met through our mutual friend Kim Faires, and started communicating through blogging. I was able to meet Melissa for the first time at her adorable store and it felt like we were old friends!

Cousin Kathy and Grandma Billie at a cute Christmas store in downtown Cottonwood. We enjoyed a special lunch to celebrate Billie's birthday and had fun shopping at this cute year round Christmas store...we all fell in love with this neat theme tree we called the "Grinch tree" with it's pea green and red colors! Tami and Shellie we needed you in the picture! :-)

Leaving Grandma Lorraine's house today...a bittersweet moment...

Saying, "Goodbye" to Papa Ron and Grandma Billie's so hard leaving, but we had such a wonderful week that there are many memories to treasure!


Kim said...

Thank you for sharing your week via pictures and description on the blog. It was a good recap. Your mom's christmas card arrived at our home today. Both of you ladies are so prepared and thoughtful. I couldn't stop crying when I read the sweet note enclosed. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Melissa said...

Goodness, you had packed weekend! Thanks for including me, I was so thrilled to meet you and can't wait for a time when we can get together (with kim and mom too) for a nice relaxing talk-fest. Hope your flight home was smooth!

glitzen said...

Oh Denise, such wonderful pics. I think my favorite is your dd reading to your mom. You just captured it so perfectly, little girl with her knees drawn up intent on her book, and grandma intent on her little sweetie grandaughter. that pic is simply priceless!
I know what you mean about a story you never heard, bringing new closeness and connection to somebody who is gone. I must remember to ask people for more stories. And you must not be afraid to reach out and ask for memories either. Imagine the buried treasures out there! (((hugs))) from AK

Sit A Spell said...

Looks like y'all had a nice time. Enjoy your time in colorado too...I miss being there.