Friday, June 18, 2010

Sweet Nonni

My husband's Grandma - well, our Grandma - passed away early yesterday morning.

My family is heading to New York to celebrate her life and join our loved ones in remembering how kind and sweet she was.  We're gathering to rejoice in our shared love for her and in the knowledge that she loved us as all with her whole heart.  It will be a beautiful occasion with laughter and tears and the imperfect, selfishly human sadness that comes from missing someone even though we know we shouldn't grieve for the joyful occasion of going to God...

But I will not be blogging or visiting others' blogs while I'm away. 

I will, of course, miss you all - who make me giggle and smile - but I'll be back soon.

It's just that I'm busy with the trip... and busy reflecting.  And praying.  And thanking God that I was given the gift of having Nonni in my life.  And trying to explain to little Jack what it means when someone dies.

It's hard.

But with all things that are difficult or painful, I embrace the sting and the ache because it proves that my love is there... The contrast of sadness keeps my happiness in focus.  I am lucky that I feel the pain.

So we will go and celebrate.  And I will be back soon.  Thanks for understanding!


Tanya said...

I'm so sorry, Hun. You, Justin, & the fam are in our prayers during this safe! Please have a safe trip and let us know what we can do.

Arizona Mamma said...

I love what you wrote. That you're lucky to feel the sadness. Hoping the celebration of her life is beautiful. It is a bittersweet time. Sad because the person is gone, but happy that the person went after a long, full life. It's what I pray for my own children. Grow old. Very old, and be full of love and life.

blunoz said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but I love your perspective on celebrating her life. The song "Homesick" by MercyMe comes to mind. I don't envy the task of explaining this to the little ones either. God bless you and your family as you mourn Nonni's loss.

Kate said...

Praying for safe travels for you and your family.

Celebrate her life and home-going. She is in paradise.

Lots of love to you and your family.

Amy said...

You are all HERE!! And I may never let you leave. It is WAY too much fun.

Also, I gave you an award! Come and get it:

Julie said...

I'm so sorry. I hope the celebration of life was exactly that...a celebration. I love what you wrote.

Stacey said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you have a safe trip.


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