For those of you that I haven't shared this with, I'll tell you a little about what this trip is involving. Back in February Lisa's family took her ashes down to the Bahamas and went through the arduous and emotional task of making a memorial reef. I had never heard of anything like this before! Lynn & Doug described the process to us when they came home. Basically you take your loved one's ashes and mix them with concrete to form a memorial structure (man-made reef) to be placed in the ocean. They said it was physically hard work, not to mention the tears. The memorial reef serves two functions: 1) It provides a permanent living legacy for your deceased loved one. 2) The reef helps to support and revitalize the ecosystem in the ocean. That's our Lisa, giving and contributing even in her death.
So, about 45 of Lisa's friends and family are making the trip to witness the placing of her memorial reef. Her new home. And once it is in the ocean we get to snorkel around and check it out. I'm sure it will be a joyous, yet emotional day.
Prayers for safe travels are greatly appreciated. We'll also take any extra prayers for strength. ;) I know this is a trip of celebration in a wildly beautiful part of the world. But, it's still hard to think about the reason we are making this trip without getting that familiar lump in my throat.
We love you, Lisa! And we miss you like crazy. I hope our efforts to honor and celebrate your life make you smile. You always did have the best smile.
As only Lisa could say...Rock Out!!