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Monday, February 15, 2010

Post Valentine Report

We arranged for the kids to stay over Friday night with various friends, and Kelvin and I headed to East Texas to celebrate my grandmother's 80th birthday. (She has Altzheimer's, so we thought the kids might overwhelm her just a bit. We were smart to leave them behind.) So, we dropped them all off Friday afternoon and headed east. The drive ended up being just lovely! After about 2 hours, we started driving through snow. It was like a postcard...white-tipped pines, snow-covered pastures and ponds, and barns with white roofs. We loved it. (Keep in mind, we live in Texas and don't see snow much.) We drove straight to a gorgeous restaurant and ate a delicious dinner with my aunt and her precious boyfriend, then headed to our hotel. About an hour later, our beautiful evening turned very ugly! We were both struck with the stomach virus from hell! Neither of us had ever been this sick before. The good thing about it was that we didn't have to worry about taking care of the kids. The bad thing about being in a hotel was that we only had one bathroom. YIKES!! Well, after calling the ER and checking to see if anyone else from the restaurant had reported being ill, we learned there was a horrific stomach virus across the entire region. I can't imagine how both of us came down with it at the same time, but I'm glad we got it over with together. We ended up staying an extra night because we couldn't possibly drive home in our condition. We have some really great friends who took on our kiddos for two nights in a row!

Sunday we woke feeling much better. Whew! We got to spend some very cherished time with my grandmother. My aunt met us there and was able to help us navigate the conversation with such grace. What a picture of honor for a parent. Several times my grandmother would bust out in song and we would all join her. It was a treasured moment in time I hope to have eternally. We shared favorite hymns and she would remember most of the words. I could tell she really wasn't sure of who Kelvin and I were during most of our visit, but near the end, she said something about Evelyn, and I mentioned she was my mom. Grandmama stopped and looked at me, smiled, tilted her head, and said, "Christy, is that you?!" It was precious. Every sweet moment was very fleeting, but all were just as precious. Kelvin said on the way home how beautiful it was that the things embedded in her inner most being were her love for the Lord and faith in Him. What a fabulous legacy she has left her family. I will miss her.

Wishing you all health, happiness and love this day after Valentine's Day.
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