First of all, I have to apologize for my absence this week, but once I tell you about my week, I think you’ll forgive me.
Monday: Mike left for a week-long business trip in Cleveland, OH. We were sad to see daddy go for so long, but Mima came up to take us back to her house. But guess what? Daddy forgot to put the car seat in the other car and Mommy isn’t skilled enough to figure it out… Soooo, Mima ran out to find someone who could do it for us. We got back to her house finally, and decided that I needed some highlights. Turns out my mother is NOT a licensed hair dresser and my hair was a bit polka-dotted and orange. Cue dramatic freak out and panicked phone calls to Mike. On a much more serious note, we learned today that Mike’s grandmother, Mildred Irene, passed away. While we are all very saddened, we are at peace that she is most definitely in heaven. Read her story here and see why.
Tuesday: We woke up nice and early to start greeting visitors. See, Mima sent out emails letting everyone know we were going to be in town. Tuesday, we saw our friend Tiffany and her daughter Kendall, my Godparents, Godson and cousin Rachel, Uncle Gary and Aunt Ann and friends Pam and Erin and her son Isaac. In between all of this, we made a trip to the salon to get the leopard print removed from my hair and the orthodontist (which I haven’t been to in 10 years!) to replace my permanent retainer that fell off!
Wednesday: We woke up early again and visited with Diane, Lauren and her daughter Rylie, Tracey, Kristin and her daughter Ella, Michelle and her son Matthew, and my friend Nicole. Whew! Everyone has been so excited to meet Ellen, and she was thrilled to make so many new friends! Around 4pm, Mike finally made it back in early from Cleveland in a rental car so we could say our goodbyes to his grandma. The funeral was a beautiful celebration of life with lots of great stories and comforts of family.
Thursday: Early (again) we saw Marissa and her daughter Josephine before we left for the funeral Mass. The Mass was held at the church where Mike and I were married. We love going back there because it feels like home. Afterward, we joined the funeral procession. Unfortunately, Mike and I were at the end of the procession and we were rear-ended. It was a low speed accident, but it was enough to scare Ellen (and mommy even more…). I almost felt worse for the person who hit us. Imagine hitting a car (keep in mind this was a rental!) with an infant inside that was in a funeral procession. Not a great feeling, I would imagine. We took Ellen to the hospital to make sure she was ok. Everything checked out just fine, and we escaped with just a little neck soreness. Mike went to the rest of the funeral, and I took Ellen home to get her a much needed nap. Then, we went to purchase a new car seat because you can’t keep the same one after an accident, and headed back home.
Friday: Today, we are relaxing at home. Mike’s wonderful boss told him to take today off because our week was so crazy. He’ll go back Monday, but until then, we are enjoying having daddy home! We’re resting up today because Ellen will be Baptized tomorrow at the same church we were married at again. More on that next week.
If this week taught us anything, it’s that we are truly blessed. Blessed that Mike has a wonderful job that is sympathetic for life situations. Blessed to have had such a wonderful woman, Millie the Great, in our lives for so long. Blessed that a life of prayer protected us from any serious injuries. Blessed to have family and great friends to visit with. Blessed that there was an appointment open at the salon to get my hair fixed…
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite stories of Mike’s grandma: Mike and I went to visit her in the hospital about a year ago. We were told she didn’t have much longer, so it was an emotional visit. While talking to her, she asked for something to drink. She had a tray of food and drink in front of her, so Mike asked what she wanted.
“Taste that one there on the end and tell me what it is,” she said to him.
Taking a drink, Mike responded, “This one is apple juice, Grandma.”
She replied, “Ew. No. That is the one they put all the laxatives in!”
Life is funny and God is good. All the time!