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Here I sit...unsure of how to start or what to say.

Grandpa: He passed away early Saturday morning. It makes me sad to type makes me sad that he is gone...but after seeing how he was struggling on Friday night, I am grateful that he is no longer suffering.

Benefit: Verd's benefit went very well! It wasn't nearly as "hard" as I thought it was going to felt very much more a "celebration" of his life, rather than a time for mourning. I was already feeling emotional from my grandpa's death, but seeing the community rallying around my SIL's family put some happiness in my heart.

Mother's Day: Busy, fun, fattening! Brunch with everyone, then supper and no holds barred kickball, which ended up being more of a "mud ball" game after the day of rain we had! The sun came out just long enough for us (and by "us" I mean everyone minus me...I was feeling lazy) to get in a game and just long enough for the kids (and Grandpa) to get good and muddy!

Now, here I sit. Cozied into bed (having been excused from bedtime duty--'cuz it's Mother's Day, dontchaknow!)...blogging and playing Words With Friends!

I hope you all had terrific Mother's Days! G'night!


  1. My condolences on the passing of grandpa but you know now his suffering has ended and he is now in a better place.

    Hope you had a nice mothers day, glad you got part of the evening to relax. Take care, God bless

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss!

  3. So sorry for the loss of your grandpa :-(
    Happy Mother's Day

  4. So sorry for your loss. God be with you during this time.

  5. So sorry about your grandpa. We will be praying for you and your family. Happy Mother's Day from GA

  6. I'm sorry to hear about your grandpa. But I'm glad he was such a joy in your life. That's a blessing that some people never have!
    I hope you're hanging in there after such a rough year!
    Thoughts and prayers are with you!

  7. I am so sorry for your loss sweet girl. This has been one heck of a year for you. Know that I am praying for you and your family and I am here if you need to talk or if I can help in any way. (((HUGS)))

  8. I'm so sorry about the loss of your grandpa.

  9. Your family is in my prayers.

  10. So sorry for your loss. But he is in a better place now that has no pain. :)

  11. I'm so sorry Mama M. I lost my grandpa in January, after being his caretaker for 4 years. My heart goes out to you and your family right now.


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