Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Time to Laugh, A Time to Cry

Only in California will you find Palm Trees
where the valley floor and the foothills collide.
The beautiful, green farmland of the San Joaquin Valley
surrounded by the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
There were a few sprinkles of rain as we drove towards the cemetery.
Florance & Charles (seated, right side of picture, facing camera)
This pic was taken at our annual senior luncheon last year.

Yesterday, was a beautiful day in the San Joaquin Valley. From the valley floor, the Sierra Nevada Mountains could be clearly seen and the foothills were a lush green. It was a day to enjoy and yet a day to mourn. I was mesmerized with the view as we drove to a nearby town to perform the funeral of Sis. Florance's husband, Charles. This world and life work together like hand-in-glove and beauty is given to us even on dark, cloudy days. The last two years of Charles life were clouded by disease but precious memories pour sunshine through the clouds. Rest in peace, Charles.


  1. Sis. Allard, just found out that Florance went to your church, she is my dad's cousin. they are sweet people.

  2. Nancy - Yes, Florance has attended our church over 35 years. Her mom was a wonderful pioneer in our church, too.