Tomorrow I leave for Portland. My great grandma, diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer this summer, passed away on Friday. The funeral is this weekend in Portland. As sad as it is, she was 94 and ready to go meet Jesus. And it is a nice excuse for my family to get together. There will be lots of us there this weekend, and my parents were able to fly my sister back also! It will be so nice for her to get to come visit, she's having a rough time the last couple weeks. It should be fun! Stephanie (her parents live in Portland) and I are driving over tomorrow and going to take our time, stopping at Multnomah Falls & Ikea before we surprise her parents! The rest of my family flies or drives in Friday.
My dads uncle passed away the first week of September & we had the funeral in Moscow, ID the 12th. So this has been a month of funerals for my family. I really can't remember the last funeral I went to, before Uncle Wayne's. I know I attended my other great grandmas funeral, but do not remember much about it. Its interesting to experience it as an adult, and to see the different perspectives people have on death and funerals. I prefer to think like my mom: It is a time for the family to get together and have fun celebrating their life. There's no shame in enjoying a weekend focused on your loved one. It doesn't need to be solemn, it can be a celebration. So here's to you grandma: We celebrate you! The life you lived, the people you touched, the God you served and the love you bestowed upon us. We love you, and will remember you always.