Friday we celebrated with neighbors & friends & family. We grilled & popped fireworks and the kids played in the water...it was so much fun!
Grannie has been very active and lived alone & really has not had any serious health problems until now...but she has been in the bed going on four weeks now and under constant care. The blessing is that she is able to be at home and my mother has been by her side 24/7. My SIL is there daily as well to take care of her and the rest of the family is helping as much as possible. I've been up every weekend except one and am going back again next weekend. In the beginning she needed someone to sit up all night with her, but she is sleeping more now so I just sleep in the room with her and am there if needed and am able to doze off and on through the night - when I'm not there that is what my mother does. I really wish I was ale to be there more to help out, but with the kids and work I am doing all that I can now.
Emma and Aaron love their Grannie and Emma says she understands what is going on - that Grannie is very sick and getting ready to go live with Jesus and that she won't physically be here on Earth with us anymore. She said it would be okay, though b/c when we go to heaven we will be able to be with her again. I nearly cried when she told me that. Even though she seems to understand she is a little apprehensive about it all - she will come in and hug and kiss Grannie hello or goodbye or some stand by her bedside, but you can tell she is trying to take it all in. Aaron on the other hand, just jumps up on the stool next to Grannie and tells her stories or says "Grannie I want to hold your hand..." and he will reach out and take her hand or lean in so she can put her hand on his cheek. It's beautiful.
I love you Grannie!