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

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Estate Sale and Scholarship Fund...

The first day of the estate sale is tomorrow, and fortunately for the scholarship fund, there are over 70 appointments scheduled! The big public sale day is July 11th, and we are hoping to fund the scholarship for several more years with the proceeds from the sale.
Here is a snap shot of some of the many items available...
The estate sale gal, "Sharon" sent me some pictures of all my parents things that are up for sale. Of course for me it is more than just 'stuff.' Every item holds some memory or story for me, that will sadly be gone when the items are gone. I told a friend earlier today that although time is passing, I think time makes my grief harder to accept. The realism of my parents being gone is hard to swallow and harder to "let go" in the selling of all their belongings. Fortunately, I was able to save the most important momentoes, but even the little insignificant things take on more meaning when you know the people who loved them are gone.

Christmas decor, linens, cookie jars, etc...
I found two items in this picture I decided to keep, so they are setting them aside for me...I am so afraid I have overlooked something important!
Dishes, glassware, and even Longaberger baskets for those of you in the know!

Easter decor and lots of bunnies...there were 5 more pictures of rooms loaded with items...crafts, scrapbooking, stamping, quilting, etc...etc...

The article I wrote for the local paper in my parents community ran yesterday and will hopefully generate interest for the fund by those who shop the sale. If you would like to read it, you can find it here..."Scholarships carry on teachers' legacy."

Stay cool this week, and I will keep you posted on how the sale goes...feel free to stop by on July 11th if you are in the area!


glitzen said...

I loved your email! And I am going to write you a long one back, but for now I had to jump on and say that I got it, and loved it.
All of those lovely things in your estate sale, I can imagine how each one tugs at your heart, and I can sure see how you wonder as you look at it all, if you should keep something or there. I was so glad when you read my mind, and said you had decided to set aside one or two items. Good for you! Nothing is set in stone, and only you can make those kind of decisions. IF your heart is calling out for something, you just grab it, Girl. Hold on to it dearly, if it helps to comfort, provide clarity, or just give you a moment of peace or pleasure. Your parents would, above all, want that for you. It makes me sad to see those bits and pieces, in minute detail, of your parents' lives...and all they represent, so I cannot fathom the ache you must feel. Words are no good, isn't it sad that words cannot do much to life's greatest hurts? I think its so that no earthly comfort will do, and we must reach out to Jesus and ask him to hold us. Tell him we hurt. Tell him we feel lost and lonely. Tell him we cannot go on without him picking us up and carrying us for awhile.
You don't have to be strong. Feel what you feel, and God will meet you RIGHT where you are at, each day, morning, night, or middle of the night. There are no rules to grief, so just feel, and allow it.
I am praying for you.

linda said...

What a hard time you are going through with all of this...I'm so sorry. In the end, there really is nothing more that matters than family is there!?! I bet your parents were wonderful, kind people!

From the looks of it, the estate sale will do beautifully and the scholarship fund will benefit greatly, I can feel it!

Lucy Marie said...

Wow, what a difficult time for you. Continuing to pray for you. I hope the sale goes well.

Lorri said...

wow, she did such a great job setting it up! I hope it brings lots in for the scholarship fund.

Love you, I know this is very hard. Hugs!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, sweetie... I am thinking of you today and through the eleventh and giving you a hug in my heart! The eleventh is my father's birthday, and he would be 100 this year. :-) He was old enough to be my grandfather when I was born, and his father was old enough to be his grandfather when he was born. I'm sure there will be some celebrating in Heaven.

I hope things go great with the sale. You have gotten the things that are most important to you, so don't worry. And the other things will do so much to benefit their memory in helping those teachers. You are for sure doing the right thing. You are paying it forward and enabling some bright persons to prepare themselves to impact the lives of children. Oh, how proud your parents would be of you and how grateful some children will be when their gift makes all the difference in their lives! You are sowing such good seed in good ground.


Sheila :-)

Anita said...

As I read this post and looked through the pictures, my heart felt heavy for you Denise, I know it's not just "stuff" for you, they are memories and cherished decorations, purchased and used by your parents. I remember when my mother in law passed away, as each of her six sons and daughter in laws went through closets and containers and tried to save things that meant the most and found even with six that there was just too much, it was difficult to donate much, but we felt that someone would benefit, just as you have. The estate sale allows their memory to live on in the scholarship fund. Your parents are no doubt so proud of the legacy you are allowing them to have. Bless you Denise, and know your friends are holding you close in their hearts, just as I'm sure our Lord is too.

charlene Wiley said...

Denise, I know how difficult this must be for you my friend! It is comforting knowing how much the sale will generate for the scholarship fund. What a wonderful way to honor your parents! I will pray for you!
love, charlene

Kim said...

Those ladies did an amazing job! I appreciate you posting the pics so we could see the lengths they went to to make it go well. And, so many appointments. What a blessing. I'll be keeping you in my prayers during this week my friend!