Well, that was an unplanned absence.  We’ve been away for almost a week — or what should have been 4 or 5 days but turned into a week because of bad weather and flight cancellations that resulted in a 16 hour drive home.  But, my little rant about the airlines is the subject of another post.

Sadly, TheManoftheHouse’s father passed away a little over a week ago.  He was a career Army officer with a long and distinguished career, so it was only fitting that he have a service with full military honors.

Thimbleanna: Funeral


Thimbleanna: Funeral


Thimbleanna: Funeral


Thimbleanna: Funeral

We were very lucky for the end of February, and the weather was beautiful on the day of the funeral.  It was so nice to see all the friends and family gathered together. Why is it that we only get together for weddings and funerals?  The passing of time and of a loved one is such a sad occasion, but there’s also a sense of relief that he’s not suffering anymore. He was a hard worker and always made me laugh with his funny little jokes. And as hard as his illness was, my MIL said he had a little smile up until the end.

RIP dear FIL.


47 Thoughts on “Honors

  1. Miss Jean on March 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm said:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. It’s never an easy thing. Hugs.

  2. so sorry for the death of father in law but sometimes yes at the end of a long battle or short battle of illness it is almost a blessing. Only right to have the military funeral. Sorry the airlines were bad – storms I take it?

  3. Jewels on March 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm said:

    I am all choked up Anna, so sorry for your loss. You are so correct, families need to make it a point to get together more often. I am glad you survived the weather/airlines. Very nice tribute. xoxo

  4. I’m very sorry for your loss, Anna.

  5. Oh, Anna, I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs all round from me.

  6. brigita on March 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm said:

    welcome home anna. so sorry for your family’s loss.

  7. A sad reason for a family get-together. I always think, at funerals, how much the deceased would have enjoyed the party, with all his/her loved ones. One should have one’s funeral when one is in full health. Or maybe just more birthday parties… .

  8. I’m sorry. Words can’t express. Hugs from AZ.

  9. Glad you are home safe & sound. I’m sorry.

  10. Anna, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing our parents is so hard. Please pass on all of our condolences to your husband. I’m sure the military funeral was amazingly touching. Take care my dear. Good to have you back.

  11. So sorry for your loss. Love the beauty that is a military funeral. My FIL had one too. A fitting goodbye.

  12. So sorry for your family’s loss Anna. But what a perfect day to say goodbye, with all that sun.

  13. So sorry for your family’s loss. I’m sure the tribute and the beautiful day were an honor to your FIL but the loss of a parent is hard no matter what the circumstance. You have some touching photos here.

    Glad you made it home safe and sound !

  14. So sorry to hear about your FIL. My father was also career military and his ceremony was at Arlington. The pomp and circumstance with a military funeral is very emotional.

  15. My deepest condolences to you and your family, Anna.

  16. Melissa on March 5, 2014 at 9:47 pm said:

    My deepest sympathy to your family Anna.

  17. My deapest sympathy for the loss of your Father-In-law Anna!

  18. It’s always sad to lose a parent, no matter how old we are, or indeed how old they were. Somehow one is never ready for it. So sorry to hear about your loss.

  19. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.
    Love, Anne xo

  20. Thinking of you and the family. Much love.

  21. So sorry for you and your family, Anna. Many hugs sent!! What a way to live-with a smile until the end.

  22. Wishing you sweet memories.

  23. So, so sorry for your husband’s/family’s loss. Prayers for everyone during this difficult time.

  24. Oh, Anna. So sorry for your family’s loss. May your many happy memories provide some comfort to you all.

  25. I hope you and your family find comfort in knowing that he knew he was loved and that he loved all of you. I know this will be a difficult time for all of you but especially for your MIL. Marriage is a unique relationship that is shared between two souls. When one is gone, the other struggles to carry on.


  26. Nicole on March 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm said:

    Just did some catch up reading, very sorry to hear about the loss of your FIL, love the brown bread muffins (I make molasses bread to go with baked beans and other stuff so will try this) and those sneakers were an outrageous must have…..

  27. so sorry for your loss x

  28. Sally on March 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm said:

    So sorry for your loss, my condolences to your family.

  29. I’m so sorry to hear your news x
    I was just thinking we hadn’t heard from you for a while then went to the computer and found your post.
    Please send my condolences to themanofthehouse xx

  30. Frannie Fimbres on March 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm said:

    Very sorry for your loss. Our loved ones leave such a void in our hearts. Be extra loving to themanofthehouse….he needs it. Sincere condolences to ya’ll.

  31. I’m so sorry for your loss, Anna.

    Looks like a lovely tribute was held for your father in law. Take care!

  32. Awe Anna, I’m so sorry for the loss of you father-in-law. Life just seems to get too busy for everyone I guess, it’s the same thing in our family too.

  33. So sorry for your loss Anna.
    Looks like a lovely funeral with the family and friends.

  34. I’m sorry Anna, for your loss, and for the Man-of-the-House. What a blessing the two of you have had in him. It is very touching when an “old soldier” is shown proper respect as he is laid to rest. I am glad for such ceremonies. My own father, who served in the USAF for only 5 years, was honored by 3 members of the American Legion who played Taps, and performed a flag ceremony. I played a recording of Paul Robeson singing “Going Home”, and there wasn’t a dry eye to be found. So very moving …..
    I am glad for you to have had him to honor.

  35. Sorry to hear of the passing of your father in law. I too went to a funeral this past week and it was a sad occasion, glad that my friend is no longer suffering but very somber to bury a wonderful man. Looks like it was a beautiful service.

  36. So sorry for yours and your family’s loss, Anna. xx

  37. Oh Anna I’m so sorry about the passing of your father in law – thoughts and prayers for all of you. What a special way of honoring him and I’m sure a very emotional one as well. I know the pictures you shared were beautiful.

  38. sorry to hear about your FIL passing. We had a military funeral for my FIL last summer. The flag presentation is very special. I’m glad you had a sunny day for it.

  39. Judy on March 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm said:

    I am sorry for your loss, it is always difficult to lose loved ones. When you know they have lived a long happy life it does make it easier especially when they are in pain. I know what you mean about only getting together with family and friends for funerals and weddings as it always seems to be a topic of conversation when I attend either.

  40. I’m so sorry, Anna, a hug for the MotH. Just got back from San Diego tonight, I can probably match your airline rant!

  41. I am so sorry for you loss Anna. Sending you and your family a long and warm hug.

    Your words about how we only get together for weddings and funerals reminds me of an UWP song I love called “Give me my flowers before I die”. We should always try to spend time with a cherish the ones we love today. More hugs.

  42. So sorry to hear about your FIL. Glad you took your camera; beautiful pictures!

  43. So sorry to read of your loss! Please accept a hug along with my deepest condolences!

  44. mary pigot on March 11, 2014 at 5:12 am said:

    Sincere condolences to your husband on the loss of his Dad. xx

  45. I am so sorry for your loss Anna xox Clarice

  46. Sorry to read of your loss Anna. xx

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