15 September 2009

Life Is What Happens While You're Making Plans

That's one of Vince's aunt's favorite sayings and how true it is. Life has been coming at me pretty fast these days. Thanks for being understanding since I have been away for a few days. I can't even begin to tell you how busy last week was. There were a few moments that I wondered if I was going to make it. Of course, I always do, but at times it just seems like life is sucking you under, right?

I was only at home one full day last week. Why is it that everything seems to always come at the same time? We had a picnic trip, a fishing trip, the season's big children's clothing consignment sale for our area and the first day of co-op classes with our homeschool group. Then it was also the week to figure our estimated taxes (fun stuff, I know) and pay some bills. Of course, it also turned out to be the week that my computer totally freaked out with viruses. Thank you, Vince, for working tirelessly to restore it! That was the night I nearly melted down:)

Then as most of you know, I also lost my grandma last week. She was my last grandparent to die. Deaths and funerals have a way of stopping even the busiest of weeks and making us realize the most important things in life, don't they? Suddenly added into my week was the night of the funeral visitation (the Southern version of a wake) at the funeral home and a morning of a funeral service and burial. It was a bittersweet time. Our family will all miss Grandma very much, she was very loved. But we are also happy to know that she is now in Heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with a brand new body and mind. And we were reminded of how important family is. I can't even tell you how much I enjoyed my time at the visitation with our family. I have a HUGE Southern family. My grandparents left quite a legacy. They left 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Then add in everyone's spouses and we have one big crew when we all get together. My kiddos had such fun getting reacquainted with their cousins. It definitely renewed my desire to start planning some *cousins playdates*. And I think most of us have a renewed desire to have more family gatherings again.

When late Friday night finally came it was time to pack us all up to leave early Saturday morning for Kentucky. We are here until Friday. Vince spoke at a church in Nortonville on Sunday and now we are in London until Wednesday. Thursday we are taking the kiddos to Mammoth National Park~I'm really excited about that!

Right now I'm enjoying relaxing at our hotel today with an indoor pool and a Starbucks, a Steak-n-Shake and a Frish's right next door. How much better can it get? LOL


Shawna Williams said...

My sympathies over the loss of your grandmother. What a wonderful legacy she left behind.

Song Lee said...

Good blog, Lora, even if all the material in it is not necessarily great news.

Leigh Ann said...

So sorry on the Loss of your Grandma, but thankful she is with her Lord. What a legacy she left!

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Is that the same Frish's we had in Indianpolis with Big Boy? If so, I am so jealous. I will be continuing to pray for your family. The loss of a Christian loved one is such a bittersweet time. You will see her one of these days, but you must be so sad she has gone on. Take care, Lora. You are a blessing and I love your posts.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I said prayers for your grandma, Lora. May she rest in the peace and love of the Lord,

I always enjoy visiting the National Parks. Be sure to watch the beginning of a new Ken Burns' speical about the National Parks on PBs Sept 27. Check your local listings,