I was visiting my mom last weekend and noticed these apples still on her trees despite it being late November. I recalled how Ashley loved giving apples to her horses. So much so that one time at the barn she went to pick apples from the usual tree and one fell on her head. She thought that was so funny.
(c) 2009 Chelsea Myers
Sara and I have been working with Oregon City United Methodist Church (OCUMC) youth to start Ashley's Closet which is the their outreach of mission activities. Recently the youth group completed their first successful clothing drive.
Two Leaves, Two friends.
Ashley valued her friends immensely -- they were her source of inspiration and connectedness with the world. She reminded us frequently how important it is to make and maintain friendships.
I owe a debt of gratitude to Rick Florey, a friend from church who has been going out of his way to connect with me during this difficult time in my life.
The other day, Rick and I had lunch together and then went on a photo walk at Field's Bridge Park in West Linn. He suggested this activity because of our mutual interest in photography. Also, I think he understands how difficult it is to restart an interest in an activity you enjoy (like photography) after you've lost a loved one.
Here is one of my photos from that day. Thanks Rick for your friendship!