Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Blessing in Disguise

As most of you know, we traveled to Indiana a couple weekends ago for my grandmother's funeral. While the trip was a sorrowful one (especially watching my grandfather mourn the woman he has loved for over 50 years), it was also full of smiles and a gathering of family. It was a blessing to spend this emotional time comforted on all sides by those we loved. It was also the first time we had seen my sister-in-law, Crystal, since her bout in the ICU, and she was looking very good, which made us all breathe a little easier.

The Whole Crew
Grandpa and all the Great-Grandchildren

On the afternoon after the funeral, my grandfather joined me and my family, my parents, my sister and her new husband, and my brother and his family for a few hours of fun at a local park and then ice cream for everyone!

Aunt Rea and Caitlyn 
Luke on the "big" slide!
Had to laugh at my dad sitting in Grandpa's walker! :)
After I took this picture, everybody decided they wanted to see how many people they could get on the slide at the same time...
Here we go!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, almost 8!
Getting down wasn't as easy! :)
Luke got bored with all our monkeying around and decided to take himself for a walk.
Sweet Uncle Clay came to his rescue. :)
Jeremy and I
My brother, Andrew, and his wife, Crystal
Joined at the hip - Kylie and my niece, Haley
My nephew Lanning

Since we were there in Indiana, we of course stayed at Nanny and Michael's (my aunt and uncle), which meant late nights of playing cards! My brother, a natural card shark, creamed us all of course, and if you were lucky enough to be his partner, you got to win too! :)

Nanny and Michael
Fun playing cards! From left to right: Uncle Joe, Jeremy, me, John David, Caitlyn, Nanny, and Aunt Leona