Aunt Pat and Uncle John were in Oxford when we were there - they made the drive from NC and dug in and helped prepare for Dad's memorial service.
Here's a shot of Mom and Aunt Pat during the setup of the event. I love her attention to detail and positive attitude about everything. Mom worked hard and--while tearful at times, she was also joyful, I think, to be putting together this celebration of Dad, to be anticipating so many friends and family. She was cooking for days before, tending to the yard and the garden and setting up. Mark & Pepper and Kids and Matt and Julie were, of course, working hard, too.
While visiting, Aunt Pat and Uncle John stayed in my childhood room and I love the blog post Aunt Pat did about the view out my bedroom window. (Of course, on the morning of the memorial service, that view included Julie mowing Grandma Hodge's ditch. It definitely brought back memories of how much Grandma liked everything to be just so -- seems she's passed this desire on.
And here's a look at the energy and love that went into welcoming Dad's friends and family the morning before the service.