It was a long and emotionally draining ten days. Although we all rejoice in the ease of his passing, we also long for the times we shared with him. I felt prepared for the funeral services at church and we all managed to hold together well. The graveside service with the military honors was another story. I had forgotten the emotions which are created watching the eight man honor guard, the sound of the single bugle playing taps, the gun salute and the folding and presenting of the flag to my husband. My FIL was a faithful servant to his God and his country.
The events of the day were followed by a celebration of his life for nearly 200 people back at our home. It was wonderful to hear so many of the guest's stories of how his life had made a difference in their lives. It was a great thing that they were doing the talking as I developed a severe case of laryngitis yesterday morning that rendered me speechless....definitely NOT a normal thing around this house!!! I remain without a voice today and I do believe that my husband might be enjoying this a little too much.
May is a time of many great celebrations in our family. May 4th was the 12th anniversary of our #1 son and his wife. They also have two birthdays in their family this week. Ms. M had her 7th birthday on May 8th and Mr. R has his 11th birthday today. Happy birthday to both of them. Next week our DIl will celebrate her birthday on the 15th. Needless to say it is a busy month at their house for parties.
Tomorrow as well as being Mother's Day it is also #2 son's birthday. A very happy birthday to him as he has to share it with his wife and mother of four terrific little ones. Perhaps they can split the day!
And next Wednesday is #4 son's birthday. It is amazing how often these two sons have to share their special days with mothers. Happy birthday to R too!!
On another note, I am looking forward to meeting a fellow blogger next week. A sheer coincidence put me in contact with Pattie who reads my blog. It turns out that we live just a few miles from each other. The mutual interest in quilting has created an opportunity to meet each other at next weeks local quilt guild meeting. It will be such fun to get to know each other outside of blogville. I hope that I have a voice by then.
Now, I must close off so that I can go catch up on other blogs. I have missed keeping up on what everyone else is doing over the last week.
Happy Mother's Day to all.