Ste. Genevieve-veillant-sur-Paris

I have had a few thoughts that I’ve wanted to share, and since today is Jennifer’s birthday, it seems like a good day to do so. Four Seeds is all Jenn, so I do not intend to continue to post here. However, because many people have asked, I do want to let everybody know that I plan to keep the site up so that you can continue to visit and, if moved to, make comments.

Some of you know that earlier this year Jennifer fell in love with Paris. It had always been a source of romance and allure but somehow, in all of her travels, she had never visited the City. After reading a particular book set in Paris, she began planning a trip. She sought more stories set in Paris, looked for movies set in Paris, asked people to forward her photos of Paris. It was settled, we were going…

A week or so after the memorial, I saw a print in my favorite Sugartown antique shop. Something about it kept drawing my attention. I finally picked it up and flipped it over: “St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris” (by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes). Genevieve is the patron saint of Paris. Among other things, as the Huns approached and prepared to attack Paris in 451, Genevieve led the fearful citizens in a prayer marathon that managed to divert the Huns and save the City. It was said that through her instruction and example, she led people to a high degree of sanctity. The print now hangs in our living room.

Everyone reading this has their own unique and personal relationship with Jennifer. However, there is a common theme from people I have spoken with and heard from which is that Jennifer met people and every opportunity assuming the highest potential. As a result you wanted to live to your highest potential. To Jennifer, it didn’t matter where you were from and what you had done. Where you are, what you do in the present, and where you are going, these are most important.

Along with our individual experiences and thoughts of Jennifer, this is what we can all carry forward together. As we do, and as we pay it forward, we will help Jennifer’s spirit live on. We will help Jennifer’s spirit continue to grow.

Happy Birthday, Jennifer. I miss you. I love you. -Dennis

  1. Tracy’s avatar

    This is beautiful, Dennis, and perfectly in sync with how Jennifer wrote Four Seeds. Thanks for the gift you have given us on Jennifer’s birthday.

  2. Shelly’s avatar

    Beautiful reflection, Dennis. And, I love this picture and its story and am so glad that it now hangs in your living room. Sending love to you and little J today, and taking in all the Jennifer spirit I can get. xo

  3. Sharon’s avatar

    Thank you Dennis. Such a seedful gift for Jenn, and all of us. Much love to you and little J -

  4. Ronnie’s avatar

    I came here for some peace and inspiration today, and I found both in your heartfelt words, Dennis. Thank you for sharing as eloquently as Jennifer did. Lots of love and hugs to you and little J.

  5. Katie’s avatar

    Beautiful, Dennis. Finding that print makes me believe Jennifer is still with you, watching over you and Little J. For some reason, she came into my mind today, as she has on many other days in the past few months, which is what led me to check her site. Love and prays to you and J.

  6. Meredith’s avatar

    Happy birthday, Jennifer. I didn’t know about the fascination with Paris and thank you, Dennis, for letting us in on that. I, too, love Paris and am fortunate to have visited very often in the last few years. When I was there last September, I lit a candle for Jennifer at Notre Dame. It is such a holy sacred space. It so deserves Jennifer’s generous and positive spirit. Thank you Dennis for letting us continue to cherish all of you in this space.

  7. Marina’s avatar

    Beatiful, Dennis. Jennifer in my mind a lot. Thank you for posting. Alot of love to you and liitle J.


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