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This year was joyous for so many reasons, but in the same breath, it was also tough for reasons I didn't expect. In February, I lost my 92-year-old grandmother unexpectedly--just six weeks before the wedding. She died peacefully while reading a book on her bed, after a wonderful birthday lunch in my dad's honor--where she insisted upon paying. She was healthy, happy, and even drove to pick my dad up for lunch that day. God just decided it was her time--and we all had to learn to accept it. Goodness knows, she was as happy as a clam to find her true home.
Though she wasn't going to be able to make the trip from Indiana to DC for the wedding, it didn't ease the pain knowing she wouldn't even be able to see the photos. We had even planned another party back home in July so she could be included in the celebration. Until I arrived home in Indiana, my family would call with little stories about notes they would find hidden around her house. It wasn't until my father read the last words of her final diary entry that I found any comfort in losing her:
To think she found it important enough to mention our engagement announcement in the last few words of her life...well, suffice it to say, it brought a quiet realization that she really was getting a better seat at the wedding from heaven, alongside my grandfather--and with my maternal grandparents. It also made me recognize the importance of writing down what's going on in our lives, a very real reason I started this blog.
So, 2010, I'm going to make these last 30 days count. I hope you all will too!
Hello December! :)