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We had an impromptu dinner at Chris and Yukiko's tonight to bid adieu to Uncle Chris before he departed for Japan (at FOUR in the morning!)

We trust that we will meet again prior to Elizabeth turning 92 - I guess we might have overemphasized the length of time before we might see Uncle Chris again!


To those of you who kept us in your thoughts and prayers, who wrote to us, who sent cards, flowers, meals and donations, who helped with photos, offered child care and even brought us clothing, who came to the visitation or who came to the funeral: thank you!

We have been utterly overwhelmed by the love and support we've had in the last couple of weeks. Brendan commented at one point: "We have amazing friends and family!"

It's made a difficult time a little easier to bear.

Many people are wondering how we are doing, and the short answer is that by the grace of God we are coping. Elizabeth is struggling with insomnia which has made for some short nights and challenging afternoons but hopefully this will resolve soon. Advice of course is welcome.

We did video the funeral, for those of you who would have liked to see it. We also have most of it in text form. Let me know if you'd like links.

My speech from the funeral

The English translation of the obituary written by the NZZ (the newspaper Christian wrote for)


Silly Grandpa passed away suddenly and far too soon today.  We've all been feeling mixed emotions as we deal with the shock, but also spent time remembering all the great times together.  He was a true character and one of the most generous people one could ever hope to meet.  He had travelled the world and shared many experiences and knowledge with all who would listen.  His love for teaching others spilled over into his work teaching for many years at the local universities.  People all over would exclaim with joy when they recognized him, or his children, "Professor Jaekl!  I loved your course" or "I saw you on T.V.".  His fame even got him out of the odd jam (traffic infraction).  He was a great scholar of history with particular interest in Greek and Roman times.  But ultimately it was his love for his family and bringing joy to them that we most remember.  He adored his wife, his children and his grandchildren and took great pride in all of them.  Seeing his grandchildren running around with the exuberance of youth never failed to bring a smile to his face and a twinkle to his eyes.  He is gone far too soon and will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.  His unique character lives on in the many lives he touched in ways that many of us are only just starting to really see and understand.

Auf wiedersehen Vati.


March Break was a little bit of math, a little bit of science (fireworks in a jar!), a little bit of reading and stories and a lot of playing with soon-to-vanish-to-Japan cousins.

  • We went to Grandma and Grandpa's for dinner with the family.
  • The four kids and I made an epic fort in the living room. Erika organized a book writing session - Matthew's is mainly scribbles but Elizabeth wrote out very elaborate instructions for a series of games in her book (Erika showed her how).
  • We played hard with cousins at the museum of Nature (throat singing was a particular hit)
  • We played hard with cousins at the Children's museum, complete with watching the IMAX Galapagos movie. I was a little worried that Matthew would have a hard time with his first time in a theatre but it turned out that he was enthralled. Elizabeth and Maria on the other hand seemed rather nervous, especially during the previews when a giant polar bear appeared rather close for comfort. But we all loved the movie and I'd say it was a particular highlight. I let the girls go off on their own inside the Children's exhibit for the very first time, provided they checked in regularly. They positively revelled in their independence and Matthew appreciated being allowed to explore things on his own schedule!
  • We visited Aidan and Caitlin's house and played with all of their toys!

But for me the best part of March Break was the day Elizabeth made supper AND did the laundry from start to finish all by herself...


Of course we had to celebrate Pi day with pancakes in the morning and actual pie later in the afternoon.

You'll notice the pancakes and pie are green. We decided to celebrate St Patrick's day at the same time, mostly because that's when Ottawa has their annual St Paddy's parade and I got confused. Of course, it didn't help that my calendar told me St Patrick's day was on the 16th of March - apparently this is when Newfoundland has the related statutory holiday and so was automatically copied into all of our family calendars when I selected "Canadian holidays". Who knew?

Brendan announced that he has discovered the real reason pi is usually abbreviated... Because people have eaten the rest... (groan...)


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