Friday, December 9, 2011

Where has "The White House" been?

November was such a busy month for The White House.  We had good times and we had bad times and we definitely stayed busy throughout the month.  Here's a recap...

Jeremy's grandfather, "Granddaddy" to us and "Great-Granddaddy" to our children, went into the hospital on November 2nd with pneumonia.  Two days later he was diagnosed with lung cancer.  He was not given a good prognosis, but we were told that when he was told the prognosis, he started preaching to the doctor.  Granddaddy was a preacher, but above that he was a Godly man.  He knew where he was going and was at peace with the way he had lived his life. 

On Sunday, November 6th, the four of us headed to Atlanta to visit Granddaddy in the hospital.  We had debated on whether or not to go that weekend to Atlanta or to wait until he was home to go visit.  At that point, the doctor's were still expecting that he would get over the pneumonia and go home later the next week.  Although he wasn't expected to live a long time, he was expected to be able to go home.  But, we decided we wanted to go ahead and visit.  It was great to see him!  He was the same joking grandfather that we all knew. 

After visiting, we headed back to Augusta, but I had told Ann that I would come back whenever she needed to help keep Grandmother company during the day while Ann was at the hospital.  So, on Tuesday, I left the boys to the care of my mom and Jeremy, and I headed to Atlanta to spend a couple of days with Grandmother and Ann.  During the day, Ann would spend most of the day at the hospital and I would stay at the house with Grandmother.  After our visit on Sunday, Granddaddy started to take a turn for the worst.  By Wednesday, Ann started to prepare Grandmother that the weeks that we thought he would have were now going to be days, at most. 

Then, on Wednesday night, November 9th, as we were getting ready for bed, Ann received the call that Granddaddy had passed.  I was so blessed to be with Ann that night, to stay up and talk to her for hours.  I learned that week that she is one of the strongest women I know. 

So, on Thursday afternoon, I headed back to Augusta to wash clothes, repack, and then we headed back to Atlanta on Friday.  We spent that day with Jeremy's family and then we celebrated Granddaddy's life at his funeral on Saturday, November 12th. 

We will all miss Granddaddy.  He was the heart and soul of the family...the family patriarch.  He LOVED his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  And, he was loved by them.  He was also well loved by hundreds of members of the congregations that he pastored over the years.  He married Jeremy and me in 2003.  And, he and Grandmother had a marriage that we should all strive to have.  They loved well.

After leaving Atlanta, we headed back to Augusta for the week.  The following Sunday, the boys and I headed to LaGrange to spend a few days before Thanksgiving.  We had a great time with Sunshine and Granddaddy, as always!

And, all the boys wanted to do was to play outside with Granddaddy!

We even got to spend a little bit of time with Jane Anne and her family.  Connor and Kyle are always excited to see "the boys"!

Then, we headed up to Atlanta for a few days with Jeremy's family.  We had a great time seeing everyone again!  It was really nice to all get together again so soon after losing Granddaddy.

These three kids have such a great time together!

They love each other and love to be with each much so, that the boys and I headed to Birmingham for a "Girls and Kids" weekend while Jeremy and Kevin went to Andy's Bachelor's Party Weekend.  But, the "Girls and Kids" weekend will have to be a post for another day!  I'm exhausted just thinking about our November! 

I'm glad to be home this weekend!

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