Friday, November 26, 2010

Legacy IX: The Legacy of Sweet Auntie Marg

What a joy it is for me to share this week's Legacy contributor with you.  Kim Klassen is, simply put, a blogging and photography goddess.  She and I first found each other almost exactly a year ago, and she has rocked my little world ever since then.  You can find her at her blog, Kim Klassen Cafe, where she shares fantastic photography tips and textures as well as peeks into her rich life, including her husband, sons, dogs, long walks, beautiful barns, and much more.  You can also find Kim and several other fantastic women over at The Inspiration Studio, where every day they offer tips, ideas, and encouragement for living a creative life.  Kim offers incredible e-courses in processing and using textures, so if you've always wanted to learn more about texturing but have felt intimidated, visit the Cafe or the Studio to find out more about her classes and to sign up for her mailing list.  She has been a wonderful friend to me this year, and it's a treat to share her words and images with you.     

Dear sweet Gigi... I am so honoured to be here, sharing in your amazing 'home'.  I am such a fan of everything Gigi....

I have read some of the past legacy posts....and wow... they are truly all so very beautiful. 

I've been pondering my post on legacy since Gigi asked me to do this back in August..... I have had so many ideas running through my almost always spinning head.  You see I am surrounded by pieces of the treasures are here there and everywhere in our home.

Originally I thought I would share a few stories behind the treasures I have been blessed to inherit.....

But recently my sweet Auntie Marg took a quick turn for the worse in her battle with cancer and passed away just a few days ago.

I grew up spending summers and holidays with Auntie Marg. She never had children of her own. But she loved each of her nieces and nephews dearly.  She was a teacher so she had nice long summer breaks.  I would hop on the bus and head to Auntie Marg and Uncle Vern's for weeks at a time.... When I was about 12 my family moved to the same town as Auntie Marg was living and the town where my Dad grew up.  Since then, we have been together for every birthday, celebration, holiday....and just because for years and years..... 

My parents, Auntie Marg, my brother and his family, along with me and mine... still live in the same tiny prairie town.  Auntie Marg loved having us all for dinner...and she was not satisfied until we were all completely STUFFED. 

Auntie Marg was the type of person that was always concerned about others first.  She loved to spoil everyone with the most delicious baking.  Always adding a little more to the recipe... a pinch more sugar, a tab more lard... etc....  and my oh my was it good!

Auntie Marg spent countless hours with my boys.  It was nothing for them to land on her doorstep and stay for several days.  They would soak up the love, the good cooking and the comforts of home away from home.  She made them the most delicious chocolate shakes, yummy french toast....and all kinds of baked goodies.  They loved being with Auntie Marg.

She was very down to earth....nothing deep or complicated about her.  She was a school teacher and a strict one at that....  But with my boys, nope, never... she was the softest soul.....  She spoiled them with love.  There was nothing she would not do for any of us.... 

Yesterday, was her funeral service.....  at the service my husband gave her eulogy and my boys both shared as well.  Brett wrote her a poem and read it to all....  this was not an easy task for a 20 year old young man who is usually very shy in public... But for Auntie Marg he was more than happy to do it.   Bryce wrote a small dedication to Auntie Marg. He's been having a very difficult time with all of this.  And as his mom, it's hard to see him hurting.  I pray his heart heals and he can move through the pain. 

Auntie Marg and Bryce were extremely close.... there was a special bond between the two of them.  'sigh'

I wanted to share a snippet of Bryce's dedication here today.

'She was a person unlike anyone I have ever known.  Unlike anyone I will ever know.  And since her passing I feel an emptiness within my heart.  Auntie Marg meant so much to me.  More than I think a lot of people will understand.  I loved her so very much.  And to a person like myself... a person who has made so many mistakes in life, being with her reminded me that no matter what happens, life is a beautiful thing.  And if anyone has left such an everlasting impression on "mine"... It was Auntie Marg. '

I believe Bryce's snippet summarizes a beautiful legacy left behind.....

To my dear sweet Auntie Marg... may you live in our hearts....forever and always.....

My images today are of a tiny crock Auntie Marg gave to me a few years ago.....  it's been sitting pretty on a shelf in my kitchen....  I will cherish it always.  The old remington belonged to my Grandfather, Auntie Marg's father...whom she loved so deeply.  He was a truly kind and gentle man......

As I sat in the church yesterday, listening to my boys speak so sweetly of their auntie.......  I thought to myself......Auntie Marg lives on...through the beautiful hearts of my children.... and for that I am truly thankful.....

thank you so much for allowing me to share this Gigi..... 

I truly adore you.... xxo, kim


  1. well this was just a lovely story to share...beautifully written. a story that came straight from your hearts...

    please accept my sympathy for your Auntie Marg...she was a wonderful woman who was truly loved...

    a heartwarming story, indeed

  2. beautiful and it brought tears to my eyes - it makes me think of my dear sweet nieces and nephews. it is my wish to be an "aunt marg" to them. that when i'm gone they will remember me with great love.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of someone in your life who you loved so deeply.

    All we truly leave behind are the memories of how we lived our lives. Auntie Marg lived a good life to be so loved by so many. What an amazing legacy.

    My sympathies to you and your family.


  4. Kim - what beautiful tributes you and our family have given your dear aunt. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  5. How wonderful for you to have had this beautiful person in your life. Beautiful story. Loved the accompanying images ~ and the crock is a gem.

  6. Kim, I am sitting her with tears in my eyes. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind. What a wonderful legacy for your children to cherish.

  7. What a beautiful blog. Wonderful tribute.

  8. What a beautiful tribute to Auntie Marg...she sounds like a fabulous woman!! xxoo :)

  9. This was so beautiffuly written, my regrets to
    you on your Aunts passing. She still lives as long as you remember her. She has simply taken the road we all take but just went ahead of us. I am sure you will see her again sometime.


  10. Seems like everyone that Auntie Marg's life touched is truly blessed...she must have been an Angel in disguise...they do walk among us you know. A deep painful loss takes a long time to heal - here's hoping time will be your boys best friend, plus yourself and members of your family. Bless you all.

  11. Kim...This is what everyone wants to leave as their So sorry for your loss Kim...but I am happy for you that you have had that love.

    Gigi...once again, thankyou for this series.

  12. I do love kim klassen. She is a gem. So sorry for the loss of Aunt Marg. I had an Aunt Margie, very different from Aunt Marg, but still special legacy's each Auntie left.

  13. Such a beautiful tribute.
    I hope I can be that kind of aunt to my little niece who I adore so much.

  14. Choking back tears
    as I type....What
    a lovely and heartfelt
    tribute to a great
    lady who lived in a
    manner that we should
    all aspire to! Just
    beautiful, Kim. And
    Gigi, thank you for
    selecting Kim for this
    series. I am one of
    her followers and I
    can see from this post
    how Aunt Marg has left
    a legacy of kindness and
    giving on her niece,
    as well.
    xx Suzanne

  15. Oh, what a lovely, heartfelt post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Kim.

  16. What a lovely way to remember your aunt. I had a dear aunt myself. She took me to the Tn. state fair every year. After I married and had a son he was loved just like me by our auntie. We miss her but she left us her love. We remember Sunday afternoon drives, taking us shopping, the great candy and pies she made, we miss you auntie.


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