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!
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.
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.