If you remember me telling you before, we were so sad to have to cut down the huge old Maple tree in my parents backyard in January.
And, since then, the tree stump has sat there as a glaring reminder of all that we have lost these past few months.
Well, on Saturday, the weather was finally warm enough to grind up the old stump and plant a new tree in its place. And it's amazing what that new little tree has done for me, emotionally. It's refreshing to see this new life in a place that once stood a symbol of all the death we have faced recently. It's yet another reminder that life continues and, as hard as it may be to move on, there are still plenty beautiful things in this world.
Although we had hoped to plant the new tree on my dad's birthday in May, we're glad that we get to enjoy it now. I think we've all seemed a little brighter since it was planted this weekend. We're now in the process of ordering a memorial plaque to place beside it, and we plan to hold a little dedication ceremony on my dad's birthday on May 25th.
This tree is for you, Dad. We miss you every day.