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backwards and forwards

it was a really hard weekend. but in the end, it was good. liz deserved two big memorial services. her life and legacy live on in so many people. the memorial service was overwhelming. so many times i almost had it together only to lose it. matt asked me to tell my story about the supernova again. i felt honored to be able to share it again to so many people. it was hard getting up there. i started with a story about the weather:

every time matt and liz came home, we would bug them about moving back. but the weather is so nice in LA, they would say. after spending a few days out there, it’s pretty hard to disagree with that. and so for the memorial service on April 26th, a date and time that should be well into spring temperatures around here, we had snow. yep snow. i think liz was up in heaven somewhere laughing at us all.

the star tribune heard about matt‘s story and wrote about it: Without Liz, but not alone

this morning, after going to church, and having breakfast with my family, i finally was able to take a nap, and really sleep. i don’t think i’ve slept that well in about a month.

liz’s story continues on in my mind and in reminders that i see everywhere. matt came over yesterday after the service and sat down on our couch. the last time they were here was when they told us about their pregnancy. what’s new with you guys, they said as they came in and sat down on that chilly day. not too much, we replied, what’s new with you? we were hoping you’d ask us that, they said. big grins spread across their faces.

the sadness that remains in those memories turns to joy though as i think about all of the things we will experience in the future with matt and madeline. so much to look forward to, and so many happy stories to share with each other when we look back.

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  1. AJ,
    It was a tough weekend. I think I’m still hung-over with emotion as it’s been difficult to work today. I need to shake myself to reality and get some things done.

    I just want to say that it was great to see you again at Candee and Tom’s and to get to know you better. I admit that I didn’t really know you well enough when I made my other comment to you on this site.
    I hope to get to know you a little better. We all appreciated you comments about Liz our ‘super nova.’ She really was that. We are blessed to have Candee who must remind you of Liz in her own ‘super nova’ personality.
    Matt has a treasure in having a friend like you. I know you will keep supporting him. We hope to be able to support him somewhat too, but will likely be better able to spend more time supporting Tom and Candee.

    Your blog might be getting a few more hits now with the link to Matt’s blog.

    God bless you and Sonya (not sure of spelling – sorry).

    Lizzy’s Uncle,

    Rich Fick4/28/2008 @ 9:56 am

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