Russ and Roselie taken in August '09
I just cant believe that it is already February...So much has happened! I haven't posted anything on here since December. Haven't done a whole lot with my photography lately...lost some of my desire. I need to get it back, it is my passion, so I need to rekindle that.
My Spiritual Dad, of 18 years...Russell Taze Poggensee, passed away recently. I have never experienced anything like that in my life. Sure people I have known have passed away before, but I have never seen the progression of death right before my eyes. When we brought Russ home from the hospital he was still talking alot, and joking and quoting scriptures, My family and I lived with Russ and Roselie for 2-3 weeks to help Roselie with all of Russ's physical needs. Like I said he was very talkative and stuff in the beginning but each day thereafter, you could see him going downhill...less talkative, weightloss, changed breathing, more phyical help needed each day, what was so sad to me is that his mind was still as Sharp as ever and for him to know that we were having to assist him with all of his physical needs (Russ was a very modest man) so it was very hard on me as I know it must have been to him. It didn't bother me to assist him at all, but it hurt me to know that he was aware of all of the assistance that he needed, I didn't want him to lose his dignity like that! But...then the day came when it was all over, he took his last breath and fell asleep, with all of us there...everyone he loved and that loved him, for the first time since he had been home right there in the same room with him at the same time...I think he chose that moment to say goodbye, we all got to say goodbye and then we had a prayer and then he took his last breath and fell asleep.
It has hit me really hard...not doing to good!
I have got to snap out of it...we had a Circuit assembly recently and that was truly wonderful, and uplifting. But I still can't seem to shake it.
Before Russ passed, a couple of weeks before...there was a bit of joy, my nephew (Timothy) was baptized at the Special Day Assembly. I will attach a few photos of that at the end of this. It was a very happy day, but in the back of my mind was everything else Daniel's problems, my grand-children, Russ and so many other things.
Well, I am determined to shake myself out of this somehow...talk to yall soon!
Finesse, LuLu ( my sister), Timothy (LuLu's son), Me, and Danyel, Pauline ( my other sister) holding Kasidy
LuLu and Timothy
Russ and Roselie's 65th Wedding Anniversary June 14, 2009 (Their last one) taken at my house.
For the past 4 years that we have been back to Wa. everytime we got together with Russ and Roselie, Russ would mention a movie "Spawn of the North" that he and his sister saw when he was a teenager, and we got together with them OFTEN! So we decided to go online and surprise him on their anniversary, with a copy of his favorite movie "Spawn of the North" and I just LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, his reaction when he saw it.
After he opened it...we went upstairs to our Theatre Room and had Popcorn, candy, soda and wine and watched it, He loved it!
How cute are they?
Also as part of their Anniversary gift from us...we got them those bears in their yard...Because everytime we were with the Poggensee's, if we passed a Brown Bear Car wash, Roselie would say I need those bears for my yard. Or if we were out in service and saw some bears in peoples yards...she said she needed some too. So we got these bears for Roselie and the Movie for Russ for their 65th Anniversary! The morning this photo was taken, we were all on our way to a weekend trip to Leavenworth. **This Sweater that Russ is wearing (he wore often)... Well, Roselie gave it to me after he passed away, and I wear it every evening that I watch TV, like a warm hug from Russ!