Blogging has been a bit slow around here lately. We lost a dear dear member of our family. Our beloved Grandma Connie. She lived a good, happy, beautiful life. She adopted so many of us as her grandchildren and when she hugged you, she hugged you with a deep and real love. It’s something I will always remember about her. We spent yesterday honoring her life and then I was able to spend some good quality time with my cousins who I had not see in a while. I am filled with gratitude for the closeness of my family and it’s times of loss that really seem to shake us to our core and remind us just how precious life is. The priest at the service said something that really struck a chord with me. He said, “At birth you are the only one crying while everyone else is smiling. At death, you are the only one smiling while everyone else is crying.” I am choosing to focus on the smile and the arms wide open welcoming Grandma Connie home.
Thanks for letting me share. And for any of you who are suffering a loss right now or know that the end is near for someone you treasure, I am sorry. It is painful and real. And yet such an obvious reminder to appreciate this life we have and the time we have to make amends, travel, love, savor and behold. And to simply appreciate the very tiny moments that light us up on the inside.