Goodbye Grandma…

Ya’ll may remember Christmastime about a year and a half ago when Great Grandma Hoy came to spend a month with us. I wrote about her here.

After she left, her health grew increasingly frail. Luckily, we were able to travel to Texas to visit with her twice since then. A few months ago, her kidneys started failing and Richard flew down to Texas to spend time with her then as well. We all thought that was it. The family had to move her out of her apartment (she was extremely proud and independent) and put her in a nursing home/hospice setting. She persisted and surprised us all, hanging on for much longer than anyone expected.

A few weeks ago, she started saying her mom, dad, sister and husband had all been in coming to her room at the nursing home. But, you see, they all died long ago. I heard this from my step-mom-in-law and can tell you I wasn’t the only one who believed her!

Last Thursday afternoon, Grandma finally decided to leave us and join her parents, husband and sister. We were sad because we’ll miss talking to her, but also happy for her because she’s been missing her husband for so long and now they’re together again. The memorial service will be in Pennsylvania at the end of this month so we’ll take the RV down there in a couple of weeks. We figure, since we haven’t had a summer vacation yet because of Mason’s birth and subsequent hospitalization, why not take a few extra days in Pennsylvania? Grandma loved Pennsylvnia and wanted her ashes to be buried there, so we don’t think she’ll mind. 🙂

We’ll, of course, write about our travels on

This week’s Maxism:

I lost my purse last week and couldn’t find it anywhere. With every minute that passed, I got increasingly upset. Max was watching the entire drama play out and finally sighed and said, “Mommy, are you throwin’ a fit?”

Note: I did find my purse. I’d left it in Zach’s car.

Hugs to all!

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