Last July Penni wanted to come back to New Mexico. She knew her time was growing short and needed to visit our Dad's grave. The previous August she drove out here for his funeral, but spent that day in the hospital with a bowel blockage and had to be medevaced back to Texas. The Dallas Morning News was running a seried of articles on Palliative care and she was one the patients they were following. For this trip they sent a staff photographer, Sonya N. Hancock with video and still cameras.
After flying into Albuquerque they spent the night in a hotel. I loaned them (Penni, David, Michelle and Sonya) my little Elantra for the trip to Santa Fe. I drove up with them in my Windstar with Mom, Linda, Melissa, and Eddie.
First stop was the National Cemetary in Santa Fe.
Penni with Mom and her husband, David.
After letting Penni spend as much time as she needed, we then drove to the Santa Fe Plaza.
We parked by a clothing store and did some shopping.
After buying a few items we headed towards the La Fonda Hotel to eat in their restaurant for some green chile.
After a nice lunch we took a leisurely stroll through the Native American vendors that have been selling their wares here for three hundred years.
Sonya then treated all of us to ice cream.
Leaving Santa Fe we then drove to Glorieta prayer gardens where Penni and David were married. (Aside, fittingly while we were holding our service and spreading Penni's ashes around the Cross that is behind the gazebo in this picture there was a wedding taking place at the same time.)
All of us in the Gazebo.
We all headed home, but Penni wasn't ready to head back to the hotel. On the way back they decided to go up the Tram which goes from the base of Sandia Mountain to the Crest.
They stopped by my house and spent some time with Richie who stayed home with Christina and Daniel.
The hardest part of the day was saying goodbye.
We recently received these pictures on a disc from Sonya and copies of the special reprint of the five part series the Dallas Morning news printed from Dec. 14-21, 2008.
These are a very few of the more than 600 pictures Sonya took over a six month period for this special.
I really believe that there is more good in the world than bad. When I read posts like this it gives me hope that many are doing the right thing and enjoying the comfort of family and friends. As to the Baptist from OK, he has a logical approach to his beliefs and gives me hope that all is not lost when it comes to the injection of other people's beliefs and values into those that disagree with his. As my grandmother used to say, "everything in moderation". Oh, by the way I lived in Taos from '72 thru '74 teaching skiing at the ski valley. Hold good thoughts of Taos and the people.
Thank you for your kind words. That Baptist from Oklahoma referred to is my older brother, Bruce.
P M: It feel like only a couple of months ago. Can it really be a whole year? God Bless Penni. She really touched my heart and my prayers are with you and your wife and family as you must certainly miss her. I am honored to have read this Blog Post! God Bless You!
Your kind words over the past year have touched our hearts as well. Especially from someone who does so much good work for children suffering with cancer.
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