Friday, December 6, 2013

Saying Goodbye...

...is never easy.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we had been spending much of our time visiting Eric's mamaw and taking her pumpkin pies. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we spent countless hours at her home with the entire family...watching her struggle to hold on and being so thankful that on Sunday morning, Dec. 1st...she found her way home to the Lord.

Yesterday was a sad day as we laid sweet mamaw to rest. I am so blessed to have spent the last year and a half getting to know her. It seems such a short period of time for all the smiles, hugs and I Love Yous that she shared! It was a very sweet service and many tears were shed.

After having lived through 3 of my own grandparents passing away, it was different to be somewhat of a bystander to this experience. I know that doesn't adequately describe the feelings, but not really any words to put it into. I spent my time just trying to be there for everyone, especially Eric and the girls. This was Jordan's first memorable funeral, as she was extremely little when papaw died. Emma barely remembers papaw's funeral (9 years ago), but as a teenager she wanted to be stoic and not cry, usually easier said than done. It has been especially rough on Eric since he now has 1 grandparent remaining and she lives 2 hours away from us...we have vowed to make more trips to see her.

We now have a beautiful basket of greenery & a fern to nurture in mamaw's memory (one of the flowers sent to the funeral). Lots of great memories shared the past few weeks...such a wonderful lady to be thankful we've known and loved.


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