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Thankful Thursday~

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

There are so many things to be thankful for today!

(funny how a funeral puts life into a whole new perspective… every time)

  1. I’m so thankful that I am getting good reports from Izzy’s teachers and therapists every day! In the past I have geared myself up to hear negative and found myself repeating 2 Cor. 5:7 when going into those doors… but this year it has been so positive and still I walk by faith, not by sight. The biggest joy is knowing that she is enjoying school and happy. That is a blessing!
  2. Coming home after a long day. Home is just the best place of all. I love taking off all my jewelry, then changing into comfy clothes! Love it.
  3. I’m thankful for my blogging friends. You guys are the best. I love popping in to read what you have to say and love all your sweet comments.
  4. FALL! Isn’t the cooler weather heavenly? I love the crisp mornings and the cool evenings. The nice breeze. Beautiful.
  5. Quiet mornings, just me & Izzy! (I was basking in one of those, but matt just popped in and told me he is off for the rest of the day!)
  6. I’m thankful for my cell phone! How did mothers survive without them before? I know the answer to that questions, but what a blessing to always be a literal phone call away!

You can go HERE to see what others are thankful for today!

a long day…

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Well today was a LONG day.
We headed out of town late morning for Eddie’s funeral.
The family dinner was scheduled for noon, with the funeral at 2 PM.
I didn’t anticipate how sad the funeral would be…
The lunch was nice. The menu was baked ham, corn, baked beans, potato salad, salad, multi-grained rolls, and various desserts.
You never really feel like eating at those dinners, but somehow shove the food in to fill the void of conversation. If that makes sense.
I could hear laughter and conversations, I saw friends and relatives embracing and realized I haven’t seen many of these people since the last funeral in Blanchard.
Eddie’s daughter and son seemed like they were handling it all pretty well.
The funeral itself was very very sad. I cried a bucket of tears. Matt did too.
I still have a cry headache.
Those video montages always get me, it’s like watching someone’s life literally flash before your eyes.
I felt so sad for Evva, Eddie’s daughter. She is a sweet girl and loved her daddy so much. Bryce, Eddie’s son, spoke. I was amazed at how composed he was, how he had the entire congregation laughing and then how he pulled it all together and prayed. It was touching.
I’ve never seen so many flowers at a funeral. It was incredible. I sat and counted but lost track at 50 arrangements. He was loved.
We viewed his body. He looked 80, and was only 54. He had so much life in him, without it he was just a shell. I guess that’s always the case, just seemed more pronounced in Eddie.
It was a beautiful day. Perfect weather. We went to the cemetery and gave last hugs to the family. His sister Betty whispered in my ear as I hugged her, “I pray for your family every single night.” She was having a very hard time, she was the older sister by 18 years and was almost like another mother for Eddie.
We visited both of Matt’s grandmother’s graves while we were there, they have both died in the last year, then drove by Marmar’s old house. Lots of memories there.