Saturday, February 07, 2009

Wagie Ride For Tuesday

Today was a wonderful day.

Some of you are aware that Tuesday's family requested that people come out to participate in a 'Wagie' Ride in Tuesday's name to celebrate her life. Though Colorado was too far for us, we decided to have a ride here, near home, to be part of the family and friends that gather to support the Whitt family.

It was looking a little grim as we had near constant pouring rain from Thursday on. This morning the pounding rain had stopped and the clouds were parting a bit. Tim dried off the wagie and we loaded up two cranky molar-teething-slightly-cabin-fevered kids and set out with the Meesh.

riding II

And it turned into the best experience we have had in a long time. Our wandering brought us to our favorite parks, to the coolest of old cars, to wet fields and challenging play sets. A chance meeting with the spiffy LVFD truck, the guys stopped and flashed the lights for the boys and let them get close and see a real fireman. Up hills and down hills, for over an hour we roamed our neighborhood, the two of us watching the two of ours.
Truck stop

And knowing in our hearts that this is the biggest blessing that has ever been given. And thinking of the joy and vibrant life little Tuesday lived while she was with us.

And as we headed downhill towards home, the clouds began to roll back in, the source of life giving water that we so need.
Wagie Ride for Tuesday

And I could see the blessings all around. And then we brought the boys in for a much needed nap and I held my little one and cried awhile. Because tears and joy can exist in the same space.
I felt with them in spirit and yet so solidly here with my own. Watching them through the lens brings home who they are and what they have become in our lives. The wagie ride for her was also a wagie ride for us. A fitting tribute to a little one that brought such light to my life in the time I had to know her.
Wagie Ride for Tuesday

How was your wagie ride if you had one? I would love to hear about it.


Eudea-Mamia said...

This is an incredible tribute. Thank you for sharing the adventure, and I'm so glad it meant so much.

Your family is absolutely beautiful.


Jenni Jiggety said...

What beautiful pictures!

Lovely tribute!

Christina said...

Your family is so beautiful - great post!

The Eadle Family said...

This is beautiful. I am a family friend of the Whitt's, and I am making a video scrapbook for them to see all the wagie rides and balloon releases. I would love to add your pictures to it

Lee the MWOB Queen said...

Oh my... Who are you? This is such an incredible post and your words are beautiful and really spoke to me. Especially your line ...because sadness and joy can exist in the same place. I was like that today too . Holding my kids with tears in my eyes and them asking me why? My wagie tide is not yet complete... Part one will be up later tonight... Part two will happen tomorrow.

Thank you for this post.


Lee the MWOB Queen said...

Oops wagie RIDE not tide. :-)

Patricia said...

What a beautiful post. You have such a way with words. I took my two on a "wagie ride" up and down our block. We breathed in the beautiful weather and enjoyed a moment of just looking around at all that is around us. I felt, just like you, a twinge of joy and sadness. It is ironic how those can exist in the same space.

I learned of Tuesday through your blog. Thank you for introducing me to a family with so much courage and love. I think they taught many how fragile life is and how important it is to hold those that you love close.

and your pictures were beautiful.

Bee and Rose said...

What a beautiful tribute! Your photos are amazing!

Bon said...

we have so much snow here no wagie would have been equal to it...but i love the means of tribute, the honouring and paying attention in it.

LauraC said...

Beautiful tribute.

jillian said...

Awwwww - the boys are so cute. What a beautiful and wonderful tribute.

Sereknitty said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful heart with us! Your pictures, as always, are beautiful and inspiring.

Heather of the EO said...

Our wagie ride was amazing, beautiful...there aren't words.

YOURS? Your pictures are totally rockin' the parade party. Your kiddos are adorable...and so are you.

so nice to parade with you.

cat said...

What a beautiful tribute and fun-filled day. Your boys are so handsome! Greetings from a fellow twin mom in South Africa.

brook said...

beautiful wagie ride. i love the clouds and the rain we are having. finally! so, yes, please do let me know when you are coming!! i would love to have a little snb!! yay!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful day, and a beautiful tribute.

BoufMom9 said...

This was just beautiful. Your photos are fantastic and i am guessing your twins are about the same age as mine...

Thank you very much for posting about Tuesday. I was able to celebrate Tuesday's life with the family in CO and I know they are blown away by all of the love and support.
Thank you!
~ Debi