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My family had been planning the event for months, and this weekend, we kicked it off!  My dad's birthday is tomorrow, and we threw him a surprise party this past Saturday.  Better yet, we had out-of-town family come in (my awesome aunt and uncle came up from Alabama) and both of my sisters came up from North Carolina.  It went so well, and best of all:  Daddy was surprised! 

Dad and girls!
Me, Dad, Sarah, and Mimi

My aunt and uncle arrived Friday afternoon, and gave my dad the biggest surprise of all.  Sarah and her best friend from college, Jami, came up on Friday night before the party, and Mimi and her husband Daniel arrived early Saturday morning.  The party itself was the last of the surprises… we got a big cake, invited many friends, and had a great time. 

While the surprise birthday party went off spectacularly, we could not ignore that my dear sweet grandmother, Eileen, was declining rapidly in her nursing home just down the road.  My sisters and I visited our Nana before and after the party, and it became evident that her time on this earth is coming to a quick close.  She continued her decline today, and we just hope and pray that her remaining time is peaceful and pain-free.  She is just a month shy of 90 years old, and although she is much smaller and more frail, she is so beautiful inside and out.  Her mind left us years ago, unfortunately, but her sweet spirit remains, and she always greeted with a smile and perhaps a glint of recognition in her eye.

My beautiful Nana My beautiful Nana Eileen, seen here on Thanksgiving day 2004. She has that special smile and spark in her eye! She is a wonderful grandmother, and a kind and generous lady. I love you so much Nana, and I thank you for for everything that you have given to me.  I wish you peace.  xoxo

Knowing that my Nana's time is near, I am reminded of the importance of sharing your love and feelings with those around you… we just can't do it enough. 

Update 9.12.06: Nana passed away this morning just before 8am.  She is finally at peace.

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117 Responses

  1. Jen

    What a sweet tribute to family. You are right about telling the ones you love. I hug and kiss my kids every day, just in cae.

  2. Sheryl

    Your post touched me on many levels – but the one that stands out is the love for your Nana and the role she played in your life. As a grandmother I seize every opportunity to love and affirm my granddaughter. In the midst of loss our comfort is that earthly suffering is no more.

  3. Erin

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing, but like you said, she’s better off now. And besides, I don’t really believe that those who pass away ever truly leave us.

  4. knittingnurse

    Oh Lolly.

    I didn’t read the update until just now. I am so very sorry about you and your family’s loss. I can tell by how you spoke of her that she was a remarkable woman. Please know that you and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Your Nana will be with you all always as well. I know it.

  5. dee

    Sorry to here about your loss.
    You are all in my thoughts.

    Love Dee x x

  6. beth

    big hugs from me.

  7. Esther

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I lost my grandfather not too long ago and the pain is still palpable…You are in my thoughts/prayers.

  8. mrspao

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounded like a wonderful person.

    Huge hugs. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    xx

  9. Amy Boogie

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    You’ll be in my thoughts.

  10. Diane D.

    I didn’t read your update until today. I’m so sorry about your grandmother. I’ll be thinking of you this weekend.

  11. Jen

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope the memories you and your family have of of your grandmother bring you comfort and let you celebrate her life.

  12. Chris

    *hug* I’m sorry to hear about your Nana. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take good care, Lolly.

  13. erica

    I’m so sorry to read about your Nana’s passing. Grandmothers are wonderful beings who can also make you feel like the most special person in the world. May you and your family find peace and fond memories in this time. Take care of yourselves, she’d only expect that. And share the stores, if you can write them down. When my grandmother died in 2002, I heard stories about my grandmother that I had never heard before. It was wonderful. Her memories will live on through you and your family.

  14. Knitster Doofus

    Lolly,

    Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your grandmother. You are so fortunate to have had her in your life for as long as you did. May you find solace in the many fond memories you have of her.

  15. Annarella

    Lolly, I’m so sorry to hear about your Nana, my warmest good wishes go to you and your family {hugs} xxx

  16. melissa

    my deepest sympathies. i’m sure she will be missed, but her memory will never fade.

  17. Mandy

    Just catching up with your blog, Lauren… sending my love and condolences.
    xox

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