Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mosiac Monday Dedicated to Uncle Paul and Aunt Liz~

This Mosaic Monday entry is being dedicated to two very special people, Paul and Elizabeth Phillips.
They were not blood relatives and yet, they were uncle Paul and Aunt Liz to me and my husbands family for many decades.  They were two of the most caring people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  They encouraged me personally in many ways, including the love of my photography, as well as saying that my meals always turned out as though Martha Stewart herself had prepared them ;)
Uncle Paul had a stroke a few years ago and had to live in a facility not far from where he and Aunt Liz had recently moved.  Aunt Liz would drive there a couple of times a day and stay with her life long mate all day, every day, making sure that his needs were taken care of.  
They had one of those really sweet, tender, loving marriages. 
Uncle Paul passed away in recent months and he will not soon be forgotten.  He could no longer speak, but he could sing and that he did.  At the facility, they knew this man with a sweet spirit, who could be heard singing to his new found friends up and down the corridors and he continued to love and be loved. 
It was very difficult these past several months for Aunt Liz, but she was coping, she was doing what Uncle Paul would have desired.  Last Wednesday afternoon Aunt Liz had gone to the market.  Once she returned home, she stopped to gather up her mail and then pulled into her driveway.  For some reason, she had gotten out of the car, maybe to toss some junk mail into the garbage can.  In doing this, she had not put her car in park and she was tragically killed.  
My heart aches at the loss.  My spirit grieves that she was all alone after giving so much of her life to others and yet, I know what she would say to me...  
It is all alright Mary, I am at peace, I am with Uncle Paul once again and I have seen Him face to face~
I shall always love you Uncle Paul and Aunt Liz.  Thank you for your love, your faith in me and your caring for all of humanity~

Images taken on Tingsgrove in Borowick Farms, and down the lane, just for the pleasure of sharing a small part of my world with yours~

* All photographs were taken with a Nikon D-90 camera, using a 70/300 lens set on macro and hand held~

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  1. oh Mary, what a lovely tribute to your two dear friends. A beautiful love story they shared. I'm sorry for your loss. The light you've captured in these marvelous spring flower shots - excellent. thanks for lifting me up this early spring morning. It was a peaceful start to my day. happy week to you Mary. Take good care now.

  2. i'm truly sorry, mary. what a shock. but perhaps she would not have wanted to linger on in old age without her sweet husband to tend to her like she did to him...

    these are beautiful blooms for them both.

  3. Mary, these are such gorgeous spring images, and a lovely way to pay tribute to a very special couple. What a comfort to know that they are in the presence of their Savior.

  4. A lovely tribute for your aunt and uncle. So sorry for your loss this week.

  5. Mary, lovely images and tribute for your friends. I know they are happily together now. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I am so sorry for your sad loss. It's never easy to lose those you love. You've taken beautiful photos and I'm wishing you a week of comfort and peace. ♥

  7. Beautiful tribute to your friends Uncle Paul and Aunt Liz. Give yourself a great big hug.

  8. A very moving post to your relatives. Photos are amazing. You must have a steady hand. V

  9. Mary, this post is a beautiful tribute to two such wonderful people... I am so sorry for your loss.

    I know they would have loved these beautiful flowers (no, I know they DO love them).

  10. Gorgeous shots and a wonderful tribute to your friends.

  11. Thank you for sharing your memories of such a sweet couple. I wish you much comfort.

    Your photography is amazing and the mosaics are wonderful. You've really poured your heart into them.

  12. What a lovely tribute to a lovely couple! The mosaics are breathtaking! I especailly love the blossoms!

  13. Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. How your heart must ache. And what a tender love story they shared. Thank you for telling us their story.

    Your flower images are really sensational, full of the essence of spring.

  14. Your beautiful photos are a lovely accompaniment to this tribute to your sweet, honorary uncle and aunt. I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

  15. Oh, how sad... to live that long and lose one's life so tragically.

    Such a lovely post, Mary and your photos are beautiful.

  16. Thanks for telling everyone of your uncle Paul and auntie Liz. They sounds like they were in love. RIP. Beautiful. And the flowers, superb.

  17. Dear Mary what a beautiful tribute to those you loved. So sorry they are gone from your physical live but your tribute to them will keep them close to you. There is nothing more beautiful than a flower to convey the heights of our soul. Blessings

  18. This is gorgeous. I would love for you to visit me at My Dream Canvas :-) You have a lovely blog.

  19. Superb flower shots, Mary. Very sorry to hear of your loss.

  20. What a beautiful story. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I am sure you will listen to your Aunt's wise words. Your photos are lovely ~ thank you for sharing.

    Also, thank you for stopping by my blog a while back Mary. I've been away from my "screen" and am trying to catch up with bloggy friends this week.

    All the best to you,

  21. beautiful images to go with your sad but beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. I am sure they are together again - so perhaps it is as it should be.
    Take care, and take heart from the special memories you have of this very special couple.

  22. Beautiful photos and such a lovely tribute to two special people. Sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds as if they will be sorely missed but lovingly remembered forever.

  23. What a nice tribute. Sorry for your loss.
    Thanks for stopping by and nice comment.

  24. Beautiful flowers and a lovely tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss, Laura

  25. Our family appreciates the comments so very much. Over 70 page reviews since being posted and that is very special to each of those missing our loved ones.

    Thanking you again for your kindness~



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