My Grandma Reba passed away last Friday. She died peacefully in her sleep at the ripe age of 88. She left behind 4 children, 4 children-in-law, 13 grandchildren, 10 grandchildren-in-law, and 19 great-grandchildren with another on the way. Her legacy is rich indeed. She was my last living grandparent. Now, they are all waiting for me in Heaven. I will see them again someday, but that doesn't keep it from hurting some now.
Sunday, we started our long trek to Oklahoma for one last time. The town she lived in for the last 60 or so years is one of the few places on earth that I have considered Home. Moving around so many times during my growing up years, it was a constant in my life. We visited there at least once or twice a year. It was definitely a bittersweet trip. And I know that really no place on earth should hold us so much that we would rather be there than in Heaven someday, but it was nice to feel like I had at least shallow roots somewhere. It was also one of the last times I'll probably see that many of my cousins again -- all but one of us made it with our families. People everywhere! But it was so nice because several of them I hadn't seen since my Grandpa's funeral almost five years before. Now, without our grandparents to be the magnet to draw us back, we'll have to work even harder to get together again.
Another day, maybe next week, I'm going to tell you more about my amazing grandmother. Today, I just wanted to let you know that my heart is fighting through the sadness, remembering the happiness, and looking forward to the next time I can see my loved ones again.
This rainbow showed up in front of us as we left my "hometown" Wednesday. I had been starting to cry as the reality of everything sank in even further. And God reminded me. If He can keep His promise to never flood the earth again. He can keep His promise that we'll all be together again, too. It doesn't keep us from missing those already there. But it gives us something to look forward to.
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