Thursday, June 10, 2010

Celebration of Life for Lonnie Bonds

Last weekend I went to Chicago for a celebration of life for my great uncle, Lonnie Bonds. He was an amazing guy and brought some incredible people together on this beautiful summer day. We'll always remember you, Lonnie!

My great aunt Eileen (married to Lonnie) kindly allowed me to stay in her home during my visit. I always love staying with her, not only because she is an amazing person and beautiful kind soul, but also because her house and yard are both so incredible. She is conveniently located in a short walking distance from downtown Chicago, just minutes from public transportation and famous shops. However, she maintains beautiful gardens along with her old character-filled home. I love everything about it.

She hosted a very cool party and I had a lot of fun. There was lots of laughs, smiles, probably tears, and new friendships made. Here are some pictures (there are more on my facebook):

my great uncle Lonnie Bonds. What a badass!

signature book & prayer cards
me & my beautiful cousin sheila
lonnie's daughter, Rhenetta & I
my amazing cousin lonnie, me, & beautiful aunt eileen
there was a heartwarming slideshow of pics
eileen's yard, in the middle of downtown chicago. Urban gardens, anyone!?
a couple photographers. ;)
my dad & eileen
uncle jimbo & my dad
a beautiful rose in eileen's garden
raindrops on roses!
crazy magical tree!
another cool tree in eileen's yard.
two cuties by the bird bath...

AND for the raw vegan viewers:

FRESH STRAWBERRY PICKING in eileen's back yard. Yes please!
premium organic strawberries from a local farmer
Stanley's Market, just a few minute walk from Eileen's:
yeah.... cheap stuff!
thanks for reading!


Omegachuck said...

What a beautiful gardens area! I can see why you had such a wonderful time in Chi-town. I wish my strawberries were coming in that big!

badash said...

Yeah I love being in Chicago and stay here at my Aunt Eileens. =)

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