Tuesday, April 5, 2011

OUR LITTLE ANGEL TREE


During Christmas, Patrick and Ashley were having a difficult time setting up their Christmas tree.  I had wanted to plant a tree in memory of  Preslee, so Patrick and I went down and purchased a live spruce tree.  They decorated it with angel decorations and called it the angel tree. 
The snow finally melted here, so on Saturday I braved the forty mile an hour winds and went out and planted it in my back yard.  It looks a lot smaller than than it did in the pot all decorated for Christmas.  It is very significant of our little angel "Preslee".  She was small.  Very strong, but still very small.  Right around the corner from our house, there is a row of pine trees that are very old and tall and strong.  It is a reminder of what our angel tree can become.  Probably at least 100 years.  It too will grow tall and strong. 
I now will have a lifetime of mowing around the tree, pruning, watering, and fertilizing it.  It will always be a reminder to me of our angel.  Each week as I make the rounds mowing I will have a reminder of all that Preslee and her short life taught me.  The teachings are immeasurable to me.  The love that she showed us, the joy that she brought to our home, the hugs and kisses, and all of the teachings that she has blessed us with during and after her passing.  As the tree grows, it will also symbolize the growth that she is also undergoing in the spirit world. 
I am sure that the "Angel Tree" will live on, way after I am gone.  Hopefully it will be a memorial to her greatness for a long time.  We love you Preslee and still miss you every day.  This tree is for you, and in a way for all of us as well.  I will enjoy watching it grow.  

7 comments:

Ashley said...

I started reading this at your house and had to stop, I didn't want to cry. But thanks for buying it along with the ornaments and then taking the time to plant it. It really means a lot to Pat and I. We couldn't have gotten where we are without you and Mom. Love you!

Susan Marie said...

Precious and Perfect

Butternutsage said...

dear sir, I have been reading since Presley's accident and cannot even remember how I got here, funny how angels work! I want to say your post is gentle and sweet and so full of love. Thank you for sharing your inner most thoughts on this blog. God does miraculous things and the stories of the world make Him glorified when we come together to thank Him in good times and bad...blessings to you and all of your family

Chris & Stephanie said...

What a wonderful tribute to your precious Preslee. I have come to love your family and pray often for you, though I don't even know you outside of these blogs. But i have a testimony that Preslee is working miracles up in heaven and here for your family. God Bless and thanks for sharing your family with me.

Wendi said...

So sweet Bishop! Thanks for your great example and testimony of life after this one. I would have loved to know Preslee!

Jenny J said...

"The Angel Tree" What a wonderful tribute to you gorgeous little Preslee. I too have been reading since Preslee's accident and cannot remember how I got here. Ashley and Pat are blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to support them.

LJ Wightman said...

I didn't know you had done this...I will look forward to seeing it grow over the years...
Mark.