At the end of August we went to Sweden and Iceland. The reason for the trip was to visit my father’s twin sister Lillie in Stockholm. She is 88 years old and I knew she was starting to have heart trouble. Lillie lives alone. My father passed away a few years ago and her other brother lives in Belgium. My cousins are scattered around Europe and we’re way over here in the US, so she doesn’t get many visitors.
We had a wonderful trip and I’ve been meaning to post pictures and stories from our trip. It’s been very busy here getting Lindsay settled back in school and trying to establish a routine, so I haven’t made these posts.
I just got a call from my cousin a few days ago to say that Lillie passed away. I knew she was putting up a brave face when we visited, and could tell that she was getting more and more tired. But I had no idea her time was so short. I am so glad we were able to visit. We took her to visit the little cottage in Ekerö she used to go to every summer, and which I visited a couple of times as a child. It was a happy day, although we all knew this was most likely the last time she would visit it. Here’s the view from her cottage.