The service for Grandma was just perfect. The Pastor gave an excellent sermon, not too "Jesus-y". He recapped all the major events that she lived through in her 84 years, listed all her greatest accomplishments, told some great anecdotes and gave us great strength to know that Grandma was behind those pearly gates in Heaven.
After the Service is when we knew we could really start laughing, remembering our personal funny stories about Grandma. I haven't seen my Texas cousins since my Grandfather's funeral in 1998, wow, have we all changed. It was nice to catch up on each other's lives and really relax and enjoy each other's company. As cousins we all decided that it was too long since we've seen each other and though it was great to catch up, the circumstances behind our get-together were not what should have been and we need to make an effort as cousins to see each other more often.
Then it was time for the mandatory family pictures on the same back fence that all our family pictures have been taken on for the last 27 years at Grandma's house. Sad that these pictures will be the last ones in front of the red fence.
|Greg (Dad's Cousin), Dad & Dean (Dad's Brother)|
|The Grandchildren (aka Cousins): Sharon, Ian, Mike, Sean, Alyssa, Kristin, Kimberly & Brian|
|Her Greatest Accomplishment: Her Family|
|My Family (Makenzie was sleeping) doing the "rawr"|
Dinner with the extended family to just laugh, catch up and eat.
|Me, Makenzie & Kristin|