Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"It's an emotional time for us all.."

This past week has been pretty busy and emotional. I had so many mood swings,I feel bad for my poor family. I was ornery,then depressed,then cranky again. It just never stopped. Hopefully things will get back to normal for awhile.

On Thursday the 25th my Grandma died. She was my last living grandparent. My parents took care of her for the last 6 months of her life. I know that it was hard on them but they rarely complained. My mom would just say that it was a privilege to take care of her. I've always had such great love and respect for my parents and that has only increased during these past few months. The last time I saw my grandma when she was alert was a few weeks ago. When the kids and I left I said, "give hugs and kisses" (like I always do) and Camden went right over to his great grandma and laid his head on her lap. That night was when she took a turn for the worse and her health declined. I'm very grateful that my kids got to know Grandma before she died. Her funeral was planned for the 29th in Wyoming.

On Saturday the 27th my sweet Joshie was baptized. He was worried about it for such a long time and then after he spoke to the bishop,his excitement was overwhelming. It was a wonderful day! I had tears in my eyes as he was baptized,I was just so happy for him and such a proud mom. His Aunt Jen gave him a few gifts including a beautiful baptism book which some of the family signed. Here are a few pictures...(I wish I could crop myself out but alas,that is how I really look) :P
Josh with Mom and Dad

With Grandpa Southern

With Grandma and Grandpa Southern

With Grandpa and Grandma Shorter

with his Aunt Jan and Aunt Jen

Posing with his gifts

On Sunday morning I left for Wyoming with my sister and my niece. A niece of mine said she would watch my kids while Adam went to work yesterday and I appreciated that so much.
That afternoon,my mom,my sisters and I went to the funeral home so we could be there while Grandma was dressed by my aunts. My mom helped dress her as well. It was a really neat experience for me.
That night there was a viewing with the family and afterward a few of us went to visit some other family members that live in Wyoming. We played Pictionary and we had a lot of fun.

The funeral was yesterday and it was a very peaceful service. My brother and one of my cousins were the speakers. Their talks really brought a wonderful spirit. One minute they would make us laugh and the next,they would make us cry. It was a great service and I'm so glad I was able to be there. Last night was the hardest night I've had since she died. I cried a lot but this morning I felt a lot better.

Unfortunately I left my camera at home (even though it was right next to my bag) and I didn't get any pictures to post. :( Thank goodness my sister brought her camera.

It will seem strange not to have any grandparents to go visit. However I'm so glad that they are reunited with their spouses and free from suffering.

R.I.P Grandma. I miss you.

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nora.lakehurst said...

I am going to slap you for saying you are ugly. And I am also so very proud of Joshie. I am also so fond of your parents they are amazing even in their "years" they still have the energy to do that. Love ya

Klin said...

You look great! Your grandma sounds like a great lady. I'm sad you miss her. I still miss my grandpa and it's been a year and a half. Hugs to you.

Your Josh looks so excited on his big day. Congrats to him. I was at your mom's ward on Sunday, listening to my sister talk in Sacrament.

Ann Marie said...

I am sorry life has been so trying for you lately! I think it's magnified when you are pregnant too!

Thank goodness for a sweet baptism in between all of it. You little guy sure is a cutie!

I am grateful you got to go to Wyoming. Funerals are always bittersweet. Sad to see our loved ones go.. sad because we miss them.. but the services are soo spiritual! The reunions and fun we have with our families! -- Like I said.. Bittersweet.
Take care my friend. ((hugs))

Jenn said...

I'm sorry it has been such a hard time emotionally for you. I wish I could do more to help you out. Maybe when I lose all this weight and can get around better I'll be able to tend the kids more often for you.

I'm sorry that your grandmother died. It's hard to lose a loved one. I'm glad we know the plan of salvation so we have the comfort of knowing she will be reunited with her family there.

We were so glad to see Joshie come to the point of wanting to get baptised. We are going to take him out to dinner all by himself to celebrate it. We were going to do it this week but I have been too sick to do it but hopefully my medication will kick in and we'll be able to do it next week.

Joe practiced with Joshie showing him exactly what he would do in saying the prayer and then laying him down in the water in our bedroom after I cut his hair.

That came out funny. There was no water in our bedroom - he was just pretending. And I had just cut Joshie's hair. Does that make more sense? Anyway....

Cheers for Joshie!!!

(and you only look bad in those pictures to you. the rest of us think you looked pretty, as always.)

Love to you,