What a beautiful day… Storms the night before… storms in the morning, and just minutes before we began our proceedings some of the most glorious weather peeked beyond the clouds to bless our day of celebrating Dad’s life with the unveiling of his new tombstone in a memorial service.
The memorial service was done at the cemetery by my uncle Mose Tuisaula, who is the head of the Auckland branches of my dad’s denomination of churches that he pastored in (Samoan Congregational Church of Jesus or Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Iesu i Samoa). His message was based on one of my favourite verses in the Solomon-penned book of Ecclesiastes which was so apt for the day:
I personally want to thank Dad’s friends and our family who came to be with us today to celebrate the life of our father who has left such a wonderful legacy in our lives…
Unfortunately I didn’t take that many pictures today, as I spent a lot more time just soaking up time with family and friends as we celebrated today. (Besides, most of the shots I took ended up having people eating in them at the reception… haha!)
We were so blessed to share wonderful memories over some classic Samoan cuisine (oka, Taro, Fa’i (green banana’s), Sapa Sui, Pisupo etc.), and it was good to see so many relatives, that, if it weren’t for events like this, we’d totally miss out on seeing one another. So thankful for family and friends, and the people God brings into your life throughout it.
If you’re ever in Mangere Cemetery in South Auckland, look out for my Dad’s tombstone, pop by and remember just how fleeting life is, and how important it is to realize that this world has nothing for you.
As soon as we got into our cars and drove away from the cemetery… the downpour began again… Good old Auckland weather!
We love and miss you Dad!