Sunday, July 1, 2012

An update

Thank you all for your sweet calls, text messages, cards and blog comments this week. They meant so much to me and to my family. Thank you, especially, to my precious friend Jessica and her husband Austin, for checking on Oliver this weekend. It was such a relief knowing he was taken care of! 


This weekend was definitely a mixed bag of emotions. Maw-Maw's funeral was so sweet, yet hilarious and full of memories. What always gets me at funerals is the music, and Maw-Maw's funeral was no exception. "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "Amazing Grace" had my tears flowing. And, seeing here "there" {and I put that in quotes intentionally} made me sad, too. Especially when my mom pointed out that she was wearing the pink pant suit she wore to my wedding

But, what made me the most sad was seeing my precious, precious Paw-Paw. They were married for 72 1/2 years. I can't imagine losing Brandon after two years of marriage; can you imagine after nearly 73? 

What I haven't mentioned is how comforted we are knowing that she was a Christian and that she's in Heaven right now. She's feeling no more pain and she's with her Lord and Savior, face-to-face. That is why I put the "there" in quotes. Her body is here, but her soul isn't. And I'm so happy knowing that. 


After the funeral, we went home with my Nana and Pah {my dad's parents} and took a nice, long nap. Crying {and getting up early} really takes it out of you! After our naps, we went with my brothers to my parents' place at the lake and enjoyed hamburgers for a local little marina there. 

The boys swung on the rope swings...

...and played in the water. 

I just relaxed on the dock, which was, well, relaxing

It started to rain for about five minutes, but afterward, I looked up and saw this beautiful rainbow. What an appropriate day for one, no? God always fulfills His promises!

We let my exhausted parents relax for a bit at home and just stayed at the lake enjoying the gorgeous sunset. That evening was so needed...for all of us. Spending time with my brothers {and husband} is so special to me. They're both at that age now where we're not just siblings; we're friends. And I love that.

And of course, no trip to the lake is complete without a stop at Sonic for some ice cream! 

{And photo shoots with your brothers...} 

{Oh, Parker.} 

And while it was a sad/joyous occasion getting together this weekend, it was so wonderful seeing all sides of my family...some I hadn't seen in a couple of years. 


Brandon and I stay with my dad's parents when we go "home," which is special in itself and a time shared with them that I'll always cherish. Friday night, my grandparents cooked a huge meal...and as we were getting ready to eat, my cousin Rebecca and her husband Kris pulled up in the driveway. My Nana called her and invited them to dinner to surprise us! It was such a great surprise and a fun evening. My grandfather kept saying, "Does anyone want a drink? Anything?" He kept playing 'host,' and it was so great to, as adults, spend an evening with your grandparents. You can't beat that.

Sunday morning, my Nana made egg casserole, bacon, biscuits and coffee. Her love language is cooking. And I love that love language. 


And here's what we had to eat this week: 

Chicken, Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad {plus fresh watermelon}

Modifications: I left out the coriander; used tilapia filets; and added more cilantro to the crema.

"Clean out the Fridge": leftover pasta salad and a grilled chicken breast with basil, a slice of fresh mozzarella  cheese, a tomato slice and some EVOO. Oh, and wine. Obviously. 


I'm off work tomorrow, so I'll be running a ton of errands...and hopefully sleeping late. 

1 comment

  1. I'll be praying for your Paw-paw, you said it perfectly- I couldn't imagine life without Tyler and we've only been married four years but 73!

    Love all the pictures, it looks like you had so much fun at the lake!


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