Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Today's a sad day...

It's only been a few days since my last post, but it has seemed like a lifetime. We have felt like hermits lately, leaving the house only a few times so that we can be home and near a phone to get "the call". Everytime the phone would ring both Collin and I would just about jump out of our skin. Sweet June, to everyone's surprise, made it through the weekend. We thought surely that we would get a call yesterday, but we didn't. At work this morning my boss told me a story of his wife's aunt- they called and said that she didn't have a week to live and she ended up lasting almost a month. We had started thinking that June might linger on for a few days more. Hospice kept us updated with small signs that the end could be coming, but the ultimate truth is that no one really knows. We got the call late this morning that she is now with the Lord. They estimate that she went home at about 10:46 AM.

We were so baffled that June held on for as long as she did. Obviously, God had a reason and I know personally, it was a sweet reminder that we really are not in control of our lives. As humans, we so often think that we are in control. Let us never forget that the good Lord is the author of life and death and that nothing is truly in our control. As my parents pastor, Dr. Al Meredith, always says, "If you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans!"

It has been an emotional morning. We felt as "prepared" for the news as you can be, but it has hit us hard. We are sad to see her go- our hearts are heavy...she will be so missed. But more than anything, we are overwhelmed with relief. Collin and I talked about how we have images of her, gorgeous and glowing in beautiful robes, with a huge smile across her face, and FEELING GREAT. We imagine all the people that were there to greet her and love on her. We think about the beautiful reunion that she is having with Mama Nete and Herman Daddy (her parents) and so many others. I even had the thought last night...what if her and my grandma will become friends?! What a beautiful thought. And the most amazing thought- today is the day that June comes face to face with her Heavenly Father. I get chills just thinking about that. How awesome.
The funeral will be Friday morning at 10:00 AM. The plan now is that we will leave tomorrow. We will be getting a room in San Angelo at the retirement high rise that Collin's grandparents are members of, so we won't have to get a hotel. We still aren't sure what we'll do with Ace, but we'll figure it out. We will most likely be gone until Saturday, but we'll update when we can. Thank you so much for the phone calls and prayers. They are so greatly appreciated.



just jody said...

Hey Days! it's jody. just wanted to say hi and thanks for coming over saturday! It was a wonderful surprise. We'll have to have you two come over for serious sometime. hope things are going well.