A Shock to Our Family

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It has been over a week since I posted, and I promise it was not because I forgot.  If you may remember, Russell and I left for a trip to Wilmington, NC, for him to interview for a possible promotion/relocation.  It was a wonderful trip but we are still waiting to hear if we get an offer.

On our last day of the trip, I got the call that my beautiful grandmother passed away unexpectedly.  We were, fortunately, only four hours away, so we extended our rental vehicle, changed our flights, and made the drive to be with my family to celebrate her life.

Now, today, I am back in Memphis, and still coming to terms with the shock and loss.

Life is just too short.

My grandmother went in to a surgery early last week for an intestinal obstruction, and while that was healing well, her heart could not handle it.  By the end of the week, God called her home.

I was very blessed to live most of my life right down the road from her and she was a spit fire.  She was full of energy and had quite a personality on her.  She loved deeply though.  Just days before she went into the hospital, we spoke on the phone and talked about how great she was feeling.  I am still in disbelief.

She loved her son and daughter, her grandchildren, and Ryan, her one and only great-grandchild.  Every single week she would send numerous packages of clothes to Ryan because she just loved to spoil him.  I came home last night, opened his closet and saw the clothes she had mailed him recently... and I cried right there.  One of the last things she said to me before all of this was "Sherri, I love my children and grandchildren, but I am not going to lie... I love Ryan even more.  It's just something about a great-grandchild."  I laughed and told her that was just a-okay.

While it will take some time to heal from the pain, I lean deeper in my faith knowing where she is in Heaven and she is with my grandfather watching down on her loved ones.

Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time as we move forward.  In over a year, I have lost both of my beautiful grandmothers, and this is just a reminder of how fast time goes.

Take the time to hug your loved ones.  Life is just too short not to.