Sorry for the lack of posting, it's been crazy around here lately...
The last week has been SUCH a whirlwind of activity; it's been a very bittersweet week. We started last weekend celebrating my sisters' graduation from college in Michigan. We were with my whole family for two days and it was wonderful; we ended the weekend with a trip to the zoo with some of our oldest and dearest friends and their daughter. It was absolutely wonderful. We returned home Sunday night exhausted and happy. Monday we had lunch with the Greats and it was *great* We learned a lot of family history; who knew Grandpa the Great was a bit of a rabble rouser in his day!? Or that Grandma the Great's father worked for "the White Owl Cigar" company!? hehe.
Monday night, however, the mood shifted suddenly. Katie came over and asked me to come to Michigan with her, as her momma had fallen ill and they didn't know if she was going to pull through. I packed a bag and got ready to leave when we found out she had passed away. Katie and I drove through the night, in the pouring rain to get to her family.
I'm not sure what else I can even say about the situation; I don't know that I have words that even begin to describe the pain I saw them all experiencing. Four children lost their mother, a husband lost his wife of 35 years, and grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters, and brother lost their beloved Kim. She was a gentle giving person, quick with a smile and would literally give the shirt off of her back if you needed or even WANTED it (I would know, she gave me a jacket once because it looked similar to what I was wearing and she said I looked so cute, I ought to have another!) The world truly lost one of the "good ones" with her passing and my heart hurts FOR their whole family.