End of Summer

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Other than the fact that IT SNOWED THIS WEEKEND (thank goodness we were in Los Angeles!), I think we all are realizing that the end of summer is here. The month of August was very busy for us with lots of visitors. We love visitors. It started with Vic's cousin's wedding, then a visit from Vic's dear friend Mike Hatch, my sister coming from St. Louis, and we topped it off with a trip to L.A.

At the wedding.

Wedding Luncheon.

Cousin Shara and I.

Shara's son Jackson.

Vic and Mike at the Olympic Park.

There were never such devoted sisters.

Here we have my mom and I riding the chair lift. Upon reaching the top, Amy and my mom took one of the world's longest ziplines to the bottom. I wimped out. Go, Nancy!

Shopping at Gardner Village with Ames.

Photo shoot with my nephew Jack at Justin Hackoworth's studio.

Scuplture Gardens at UCLA

We look just like we felt. Somber and broken hearted. It wasn't right to be there without Lucy. It was too easy to travel. No car seat to check at the gate, no stroller... We aren't supposed to be newlyweds.

The Coral Casino 4 Seasons in Santa Barbara. Swimming and reading right on the beach was heavenly.

Apparently, Feclicity Huffman was walking by as our photo was being taken. We were clueless.

Visiting old friends, including the couch where we had our first kiss.

Eric Smith and Victor Victoria.

Jessica Beany and Kami.

Swimming, surfing, and kayaking at the beach house in Malibu with the Ravdins. Tony Danza lives next door and made an appearance on his deck. I waved hello as I walked passed with my wet boy short hair, zitted face, and permenantly tear swollen eyes. Why not?

The beautiful Emma Rose.

Vic and Emma's twin brother Jake Ravdin.

We love you, Lucy!

Endless thanks to Cathy Ravdin, Roy and Christine Silva, Jessica Bean and friends, Ron and Linda Peeleman for making this a healing, inspiring, relaxing, life-giving, enjoyable, much needed vacation. How I wish Lucy could have been here with us to enjoy this summer.


  1. Molly,

    I began reading your blog months before Lucy passed away, but I never wrote you specifically because I didn't want to bother you. And then Lucy passed on and I didn't want to write you and bother you even more and I had no idea what to say. And now I check your blog all the time, constantly impressed with and in awe of you. But still I didn't write because I don't know how.

    What I do know is that every time I read your blog, whether it is on one of your good days or bad, I am touched by the Spirit. You and Vic embody courage and grace in a way that I can barely understand. I love that you have continued to share your world with us, and I love that you never try to hide the ups or the downs. You are so brave and so beautiful. Thank you for that.

    I will never forget the few important moments we had in Kirksville or coming to stay with you and Melissa in Utah and visiting the Salt Lake Temple. You will always be a part of my life, and though I hate what you have gone through, I love having you be in my life (even if it is just through your blog) again.

    ~Melissa Smith

  2. Still checking on you every day, with love and prayers.

  3. You could not look hotter! I'm so glad you were able to get away. Still thinking of you and praying for you daily-

  4. Lucy is there with you in that last picture.

  5. Thank goodness you missed the snow! I always like to prolong that until at least October. :o)

    Still sending my prayers your way.

  6. I was just in LA last week! I'm so sad I missed you!! It would have been great to see you guys. You look great!

  7. Molly,
    You have the best clothes. You always look totally fabulous. Even when you have swollen eyes, you are a gorgeous mom.

    This looks like it was a great trip for you. Thanks for all the pics and thoughts.

    ...would love to see you again this fall...

  8. Molly, You really look beautiful in all those fancy LA shots. You look like you fit in quite well.
    It's good to see you smile!

  9. I was just thinking that the last time I was in LA was on our stops to and from Mexico. In face, aside from my honeymoon, that was my last real vacation. How pathetic is my traveling life?? But I am thankful for the three little kids that keep me homebound these days. I still think about you often. I should get in touch when we are up visiting family in Kamas. Maybe we can get together for lunch or something. I always complain that we never spend enough time in Park City since we are in Kamas all the time, but Addison doesn't get it. I guess because he is from there he doesn't think it is quite as cool and beautiful as I do. WHATEVER! Anyway, enough ramblings. YOu look so beautiful and I'm happy you are having so many fulfilling experiences. You amaze me Molly! By the way, do you know how to contact Miss Sarah Petersen? I can't find that girl to save my life!

  10. I love the last shot. Perhaps Lucy made that sun a little brighter, beaming down on you and looking brilliant. I am so impressed with the things you've been able to do lately. Keep on keepin' on. :)

  11. Molly,
    Your photos are wonderful. You look awesome! I hope you were able to enjoy yourself, despite missing your beautiful daughter. (((Hugs)))

  12. It was so great to see both of you! I had a great time on Sunday night visiting with the two of you and so many great friends I haven't seen in so long. I wish we were all able to get together more frequently. You guys are great, hope to see you again soon!

  13. What a beautiful way to spend the last days of summer...with family & friends. Blessings your way!

  14. You are beautiful inside and out. I am glad you had a great trip. Lucy was with you the whole trip and that shows.

  15. Molly:
    Thanks for the sweet comment you left on our blog. I just watched that most beautiful slide show of your sweet Lucy and I'm here crying. I am so sorry for you loss. It is such a hard road we travel. Know that I'm thinking and praying for you. We live in St. George so if you are ever down this way let me know I would love to meet a fellow angel mom. I've only read a little of your blog but it's so comforting to know that I'm not alone in this grief. Thanks for being real with the pain and sorrow that you feel. I can totally relate to the feelings you are having. I'm so sorry!
    Lots of love,
    Wyatt's mommy

  16. I'm sorry molly you have no idea who i am, but one of my friends has a blog that i look at and one day she was looking at a friend of a friends blog. (it was yours) She said it was a very tragic story, bring tissues, but will change your life. I was interested so i went to the link. I want you to know like many others as a mother i cannot even imagine what you have been through, but you are seriously one of the strongest people i've "met" Please don't think i'm weird for writing you, but you are a true inspiration to many mothers. This may be really weird but you have changed my whole out look on motherhood. I just recently had a miscarriage, which last weekend thought it was the worst day of my life, but now i'm celebrating everyday with the son i do have. Thank you for posting your story, which started with just friends and family. But truely thanks and I pray that your healing continues, god bless!!!

  17. Dear Molly...Despite your troubles and grief you look AMAZING these days. Vic is one lucky dude. Now get over here, and let's party!!! :)

  18. Molly,
    Wow-I'm so glad my google reader suggested I read your blog. It popped up and I recognized your face immediately (even though it's been at least 8 or 9 years since I've seen you). I don't know if you remember me, I was roommates with Karen, Alena, and Sarah at sherwood arms in provo. I remember you getting ready for your mission and your beautiful farewell. What a small world it is this blogging world.
    I have spent the last hour or so reading your blog. I was stunned and saddened to hear of your sweet Lucy. I have cried so hard thinking of you and what you have had to go through. My heart aches for you and your husband.
    I want you to know how happy I was to read that you donated her organs. My mom suffered for three years on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant...that never came. Your beautiful daughter not only gave her kidneys to that 38yr old man to have life, but also that his children could have a dad. I'm sure you'll never know how grateful his children are.
    Words can't express how my heart hurts for you. Know that you'll be in my prayers.

    I'm so glad I found your blog. I lost track of all those old roommates of mine. If you are still in contact with any of them, I'd love to see what they are up to.

    May God continue to give you peace and glimpses of Heaven to carry you through.

  19. ohhhh so many familiar faces! I love this post.....brings back some great memories. I am with you...LA brings warm wonderful feelings. Good things happened there for you and me....I would say that LA was pretty good to us. :) I also wanted to let you know that I read your blog ALL the time to see how you are doing. You are in my thoughts all the time. Taylor and I pray for you and cry for you. I cannot imagine the process you are going through but I do hope you know how you are touching others lives as well with this blog. I honor your honesty and openness. You are just full of so much "stuff". Your strength and your struggle inspire me. I feel like I grieve for you and then also grow. Does that make sense? Just know I love you.
    On another note...we are graduating in December and possibly moving back to LA so you will have to add us to your "people to visit" list. I have so wanted to talk with you and just hear your voice.....hopefully one of these days we can get caught up. Oh, congrats on the pregnancy! We are also due this spring....
    much love to you and Vic


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