Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

There is a lot to write about and none of it is good news.

My Nan (my Mom’s mother) passed away in the early morning hours on Monday January 17th. Raven and I are extremely close to Nan. After my mom and dad divorced when I was 15 years old, my Mom and I moved in with my Nan and there I lived until I was 20 years old. She was extremely supportive of me when she found out I was pregnant at the young age of 16 and never once shamed me or try to kick me out of her home. Raven has spent just about every Saturday night with Mom and Nan since she was in elementary school. She called Raven her angel and Raven adores Nan. She is the best grandmother ever, a remarkable women and I miss her terribly. I am thankful that she went peacefully with family members (my husband and myself included) by her side. The viewing and funeral where held last Wednesday and Thursday. She had so many visitors and a ton of flowers. Everyone that knew her loved her. She truly is a great woman who raised four children by herself. I love her and will always miss her. Moreover, she left me with a lifetime full of wisdom and wonderful memories that I will always cherish.

Me and Nan

My Dad (who lives in Ohio with my Stepmom) called me Saturday night to inform me that my Grandpa (his Dad) passed away. Unfortunately, I was not that close to him because of the distance but he is an admirable man and a wonderful grandfather. He will be missed by many including myself. I am glad me, Mike and Raven where able to attend the funeral. We left Monday after Raven got home from school, stayed the night with my Dad and Stepmom, went to the funeral Tuesday morning and then drove the three hours back home late Tuesday afternoon.

Needless to say, I am emotionally and physically drained.


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    January 27, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I am so sorry for you and your family’s losses. *hug*

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    January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your losses. Its always a tough time. its nice to know that your grandma was supportive of you in everything! sounds like she was an amazing woman

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    January 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    So much to go through in such a short amount of time, anyone would be drained. It seems like you’re handling it well though so that is an upside. I’m sorry to hear about this but I’m glad to hear you think so positively about the situation. Definitely cherish all the memories you’ve made and apply all the wisdom you’ve gotten. <3

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    January 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Oh Manda 🙁 It’s definitely been a hard month for you and your family. Again, I am sorry to hear about your Nan. And now your Grandfather… So sorry for you family. My thoughts are with you.

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    February 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss 🙁 It makes me remember when my own nan passed away. It was several years ago and I still miss her 🙁

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    February 4, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your Nan and grandfather. 🙁

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