Oh my word, we are loving our time with Liza and Aylabelle! On Saturday, she spend the day with Buddy's family and it was felt so strange not to have them with us! I was so excited to pick them up, come home and just chill together as a family that night!
Gene passed away peacefully on Sunday morning at 9AM. His daughter arrived the night before and was able to say goodbye. We were getting ready for church and were able to rush directly to Mom. She has handled things so amazingly well. All of Doug's siblings, except his sister in Idaho were able to be there. I was quite fascinated watching each of us there "step up" to the tasks that are our natural strengths. Some of us are organizers and planners, some are gifted with compassion and understanding, some with a "calming" nature. Each person there had something to offer Mom in their own way and it touched my heart to see things fall into place so naturally.
My brother-in-law, Dee, Mom and I will be meeting with the funeral director this morning to finalize the plans. As of now, things are planned for Thursday, barring any scheduling complications with the mortuary.
Gene's granddaughter will be flying in on Wednesday evening. Liza was supposed to leave on Wednesday afternoon. Thankfully, Southwest Airlines waived the $179 difference for changing her airfare, so Liza will be going home on Friday afternoon instead. HAPPINESS!!! Two extra days with my girls!
The funeral home came for Gene, the family had all done what was needed and we were able to make it to church just as everyone was entering the chapel for Sacrament Meeting. The kids were there waiting when we arrived. Aylabelle made us laugh blowing raspberries all the way through the meeting. She's a doll! Miki could not stop loving on Aylabelle. She came running up to me and said, "I need to tell Aylabelle I love you."
I was happy that I had prepared dinner before the call so that we could eat and have family time the rest of the day. There were phone calls to be made and more planning to be done. It was a crazy day. Liza and I settled down to watch Episode 5 of this season's Downton Abbey at 10PM, once everyone was in bed. I ordered the DVDs last week so that she could catch up with the rest of us. We hope to see the finale tonight. I no likee that it's such a short season! It was nice to have a small escape.
I'm always amazed at how in the midst of life and death, things just go on. Laundry still needs washing, bathrooms still need cleaning, kids still need attention. Speaking of kids, I've loved hearing the kids prayers for Grandma and Gene. They have such tender hearts.
I spoke with Dale yesterday to tell him the news. He was sweet and kind and thoughtful of his grandmother. Where Dale has been away for so many years, he commented, "Wow, it's like Grandma and Gene just got married yesterday!" It hit me that Dale was about Quayd's age when Mom married Gene, and he's been gone for over fifteen years, so his relationship with Gene was different than the babes.
Today, we have more funeral planning, Liza has lunch with a high school best friend, I have flowers to arrange and more contacts to make. In between all that, I'm working on giving Miss Aylabelle a million kisses and I get two extra days to do it! YAAAAAAAY!
Seriously... this baby could not be loved any more. I love her so much it hurts!
We appreciate the thoughts, prayers, emails and texts. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It's so wonderful to be blessed with so much love in our lives! Life is good!
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