Liza and I had a busy day, but it wasn't spent together. Liza had a long lunch with a high school friend while I met with Doug's mom and a few others to plan the funeral. I was jokingly called the "Family Secretary" by the mortician, which gave us all a laugh. I'm so not a secretary. I just happened to be the one who's taking notes everytime we've gathered. The funeral is planned, the obituary was submitted to the paper and the funeral is coming together quite well.
Following our meeting, we decided to grab lunch together and I had a very long lunch, talking about everything under the sun, with Doug's mom, two sisters and my brother-in-law, as well lots of funeral talk. Mom is doing well, but this has to be just exhausting to her!
Doug came home and surprised me with the best news of all! When he informed them, at work, that he needed Thursday off for the funeral, he was told that he gets three days of bereavement! HAPPINESS!!
Liza and I reconnected at Kohls and did a little shopping. We found three darling outfits for Aylabelle and a new pair of jeans for Liza. On Sunday, I walked Aylabelle out of the chapel for the last few minutes of the meeting. She was so tired and Liza wanted her to stay awake for fifteen more minutes so that she could have a real nap when we got home. When I stepped out into the foyer, Brother Thayne was sitting with his son. He took one look at Aylabelle and reached out to hold her. Brother Thayne is one of our favorite people in the ward. He has a daughter in Arizona who's married just a few years and he commented, "You think I'm anxious to have a grandchild?" Jared is an amazing photographer. He took one look at Aylabelle and said, "Can I photograph her?" He was serious! I was thrilled! We scheduled for 5:30 on Monday evening.
Liza and I were anxiously watching the clock and hoping Aylabelle would last before her nap until he got here. We had a wonderful hour watching Jared take picture after picture. She was getting tired and a bit wiggly, but oh, my! He did a fabulous job. We laughed at her because she would not stay still! She rolled over and over, more in that hour than she has yet in her life! She's got rolling down pat! We figured it would be a few days before we heard back from Jared but he sent us five of the shots last night. Oh my gosh! I'm in heaven! Those eyes!
This day is full of busy work.. I have a display of Gene's memorobila to assemble, getting the funeral flowers ordered, a visit from DCFS and the rest of the day should be focusing on Liza and our sweet baby girl! Life is good! INSANELY CRAZY BUSY, but oh, so good!
There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy!