Monday, September 30, 2013

40 years.


Our parents died on Sept 30, 1973.

It has been a long time but the love remains.

It remains and grows and pushes out the sadness.












esther and jim




jjwhole group


Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No, it won't all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good

I know it's good.

~John Mayer

Always love.


  1. Donna,
    Such a lovely post. How is it possible for time to pass so quickly, and yet some days seem forty years long? Your family has not only survived, but thrived. I am sure moments, just as when Katie got her hair cut, that you see your mom and dad in your own children, so I have to believe they live on, in us and through us. Love you my friend. xoxo

  2. Good morning, dear Donna. I love how these photos (glorious images) and simple lyrics paint such a beautiful, loving picture of a family. United in their joys as well as sorrows. Bless you on this day of rich memories.

    Times such as these increase my longing for heaven. What a day that will be ...

  3. Janice9:50 AM

    Wonderful, thank you Donna <3

  4. Love this, Donna. My dad died 18 years ago this month. You have a beautiful way of putting words to the feelings inside my heart. Well, you and John...One of my favorite songs!

  5. I just went back to your archives because it was this day in 2004 when I read your blog for the first time. Your ability to tell about your parents death with such sweet sadness mingled with hope and gratitude showed me that you, Donna Elsie, are a woman I could learn from. And I have. Thank you for being honest. Thank you for choosing to remember and to love! Thanks for telling your story. It has helped to remind me to love today, with all I am, because it is what we are here for.

    Lovely photos. So lovely.

    I lift my mug of morning Java to the magnificent Glymans! Blessings on you as you remember your beautiful parents.


    1. {{{LOVE}}}

      having my first mug very late, over here in Illinois. Raising my mug to this lovely family along with you Di (in spirit :-)

    2. Anonymous12:15 PM

      Raising my glass of iced tea along with you ladies. Your words are perfect, Di.

      much love,
      Sarah P. from Iowa

    3. Anonymous1:02 PM

      Adding a toast with my hot chocolate from way down south here to the Glyman family...such amazing light in your beautiful faces. love and prayers, jep

    4. LOVING these toasts - hearts across the USA lifted in honor if your beautiful family :-)

    5. Anonymous11:09 PM

      Adding a toast with my Perrier water on ice from here on the west coast this rainy evening. Your post is so beautiful and your parents left such a legacy of love. That last photo of you and your siblings by sea is just lovely, there is no other word for it. If I were you I would have it framed on my wall.
      Debbie Z.

  6. mary from wheaton10:14 AM

    My heart aches and rejoices at the same time, Donna. You lost so much that day, and yet, you've given, shared, and blessed so many others, that I can't imagine it hasn't come back around to touch you deeply.

    Indeed, some pains never leave us, but they remind us of how fortunate we are to know love...

    In my thoughts now, and throughout today. Every hour.

    -- mary e. from wheaton

  7. A beautiful tribute to your parents and your whole family:)

  8. Beautiful tribute to wonderful parents and family.

  9. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing and helping me to remember.

  10. Anonymous12:07 PM

    Lovely song, words and photos. Your parents certainly set you on the path to knowing how to love and live. (((Hugs))) to you.

    Mary Z

  11. Tori - Fountain City, Wi1:41 PM

    Donna thank you for sharing your heart through both the words and the pictures you chose to share today. Loss is mingled with sadness at what we are missing and joy from the memories we hold on to each day. It has been years since we homeschooled together in Marinette and I still get to know you better through the stories and photographs. I pray that you and your family are filled today with peace and good memories.

  12. Anonymous2:10 PM



    Bridget in Minnesota

  13. Anonymous3:30 PM

    From a longtime reader and seldom commenter, I wanted to say thank you for sharing your family with me.

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  15. Beautiful - thank you. I'm been reading a long time and haven't commented in a few years. Your blog brings beauty to my life.

  16. Big hug from SC straight to you, Donna. Your parents instilled that love in your hearts for one another. What a great blessing and legacy to pass along to their children. (Your mama in front of that tinsel covered Christmas tree is breathtakingly beautiful.)

    1. YES, Southern Gal, I was thinking the same. GORGEOUS photo of Donna's mom.

  17. Anonymous5:10 PM

    Oh my goodness you look so much like your Mom to me. What a beautiful couple your parents were. Good to know they're up in Heaven together, loving you all and now are joined with Sue in a forever peaceful perfect bond. Karen F.

  18. Donna,
    You celebrate your parents and your siblings with such beauty and kindness and love. You inspire me. Your folks would be so proud of you all and that their love for all of you endures.


  19. All the commenters have said it so beautifully ... how YOU expressed your family's love and your parents' legacy so beautifully. Lovely photos, too. I love what Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about loss of those we love, leaving us "precisely unfilled." You can read it on this blog post I wrote back in May on the anniversary of my mother's death:
    Blessings to you, Donna!

    1. Barb, I just read that quote yesterday on another blog, and thought how beautifully it expressed loss. Thanks for sharing here and God bless you as you walk your own journey of grief.

    2. Thank you, Susan. My dad died two weeks ago, so it's a new season as both parents have passed. Donna knows this all too well.

  20. I am so sorry for the loss of your parents. I can not imagine growing up without that kind of love. I love how much your sisters loved and cared for you. I love that you have so much love now.

    These pictures are beautiful. They tell a story. A story of family. A story of very big love.


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