settling back in

posted on: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

we finally made it back to Texas yesterday
it's been a long week and a half.

while we were in Montana,
we got word that Nick's Nonni (grandmother) had passed away.
she was 97 years old, so it wasn't entirely unexpected
but it was still something of a surprise.
she'd had a heart attack the week before
but had been discharged from the hospital and was thriving in the rehab facility
and was expected to go back home soon
home to the house she was brought home to after she was born
and had lived in most of her life
she had been doing so well the day before she passed.

Nick's mother was ill after he was born
so his Nonni and Nonno pretty much raised him for the first few years
he and his Nonni were incredibly close
he was her only grandson, and she swelled with pride whenever she talked about him
"my grandson...he's a doctor, you know"

so we cut our trip to Montana a little short
and went to Santa Cruz, California to be with Nick's family
and attend Nonni's funeral services on Monday morning.

i have a lot more to say about this
but i'm still processing it all.

suffice it to say, i'm both emotionally spent and emotionally bolstered
if it's even possible for the two to coexist.

it's good to get back into the swing of things
good to be back with our animals
(who were especially happy to see us. isn't this why you have pets? to come home to them is so special.)
hard for Nick to go to work this morning, after spending so many days glued to one another's sides.
lots to dwell on
many many pictures to edit
but i can honestly say,
it is well with my soul.


  1. Emily, I am so sorry for your loss! Sending lots of thoughts + hugs your way. PS - your hair looks way adorbs in that photo if that makes you feel at all better.

  2. So sorry for your loss, sweetie. thinking of you both during this difficult time :)

  3. I do kind of know what that 'emotional duplicity' is like, myself. And actually it is a funeral I'm remembering it from. I wonder why that is? I guess because funerals are (or should be) both happy and sad ...

  4. Oh, I'm so sorry. That's hard. Paul has a Noni (one less N), too, although not that same relationship. His Grandma, though, is starting to deteriorate and that's hard to watch/listen to. We're desperately hoping she stays lucid until we're able to get to California and visit her. *hug* And yes. Pets are incredible for being the steady constant in our hearts and homes!

  5. Love this pic... cute lil blog and I saw you on Living4London so I followed!! I hope you will follow me too!! :) :)

  6. So sorry to hear about Nick's Nonni....Alot of hugs are comin' your way!!

    But how special the love from a's unlike any other!



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