Monday, October 26, 2009

Family Losses II

After saying goodbye to my family in Illinois, it was time to make the 6.5 hour drive to see Don's family in Indiana. Although it was late when we arrived, the boys were wide awake. Having no concept of the reason we were in Indiana, the boys were just so excited to know they would soon see Matthew, Natalie and baby Elise.

And see them, they did! The next morning the kids couldn't wait to see one another. After breakfast we took them to a nearby playground and let run and play.

The kids laughed and played, the boys just love having their cousins to play with. Lucas generally follows the big boys around, so he was stuck on Matthew, laughing so hard at everything Matthew said and did. Wyatt was drawn to baby Elise, always wanting to check on her and touch her. Jaxon was just happy to be free of the van and got all his little wiggles out of his system, usually not far behind Natalie.

The next few days were busy with Don's grandmother's viewing and funeral, and although with the stress of his Grandmothers passing away and everything that entails, it was so nice to be around so much family. He saw cousins he hadn't seen in over 15 years, and got to catch up with people he generally doesn't get to talk to more than a couple times a year. Not to mention the boys got to meet new cousins as well as play with the ones they already know and love.

It was a long and stressful week for the both of us. It is always sad to lose someone you love. Fortunately both our Grandmothers had lived long full lives and we are sure they had many loved ones waiting to welcome them at the gates of heaven.

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