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.