We took off last Friday to give us a three day weekend & it still wasn't long enough. We had planned to go out of town for the weekend, but weren't planning to leave until Friday - then last minute we changed our minds so Thursday I rushed home to get us all packed up & on the road at a reasonable hour. We still didn't make it up to East Texas until around 10:00.
Aaron didn't fall asleep until the last 45 minutes or so & it was just long enough to give him a burst of energy - let's just say it was very hard to get up the next morning b/c he kept us up a while!
The weekend was low key for the most part, but very relaxing. Michael & my brother worked all weekend on their deers stands & feeders to get them ready for the season this fall & then they did a little dove hunting, too. My sister, my mom & I took the kids to one of the parks nearby on the lake & had a picnic - the kids loved that (I didn't get any of my pics off my camera from the weekend b/c it was so late when we got home Sunday - hopefully I'll have them all by tomorrow)!
Other than that we just rode around on the mule (the motorized kind), played with the horses & had great family time. The kids found out how much fun hay bails are, too & we got some cute pictures of them playing on them...and of Aaron being my little daredevil & sliding off - without looking to see if anyone was there to catch him!! Luckily my sister was, but then it was a game - put him back on top & he immediately sat down & slid off for you to catch him - so ya better be ready to catch him!!
We had already planned to be in East Texas for the weekend, but last Thursday I also found out that my niece's mother (my former SIL), Pam, had passed away so we realized we would also be going to a funeral while we were there. She had been battling pancreatic cancer.
The funeral was yesterday afternoon. I think my niece & her kids handled it alright - they had been preparing for this since she was diagnosed - but it's still never easy to say goodbye. That side of my niece's family has especially had a hard time in the past 10 months. Last November they also lost Pam's sister & within 6 months of that the daughter of another sister both to tragic car accidents. Pam's passing made the third family member they have had to say goodbye to - I think they are due for a break. It's hard to watch a family suffer such. Saturday evening & Sunday we started to get a little rain - I think it was a sign about life going on b/c with the rain God sends new life.
The funeral wasn't until 3:00 Sunday and after the church services & the graveside & then visiting with family a while it was after 10:00 when we finally made it home.
I thought I would leave you with this picture of me & Michael - we were swinging on my sister's front porch enjoying the breeze that was coming up the hill - it is so nice and peaceful to just sit & enjoy being with the people you love & that love you back. There is no greater comfort.
"So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy from you..."