I'm still here! The hiatus was unintentional, but not surprising when looking back on the last few months...
While on our vacation in Switzerland mid-February, Jeffrey's maternal grandfather passed away. Though not unexpected, we were hoping that we'd be able to see him during our first trip home coming up in mid-March. Jeffrey was able to make it to the funeral, leaving the day after we returned from the Alps, and two weeks later we made the trip home. It was so fun seeing family and being in Oklahoma after almost a year and a half. And while Grandpa Young was missed, we enjoyed spending some quality time with Grandma Young.
We talked about their farm, how Jeffrey and Grandpa raised pigs one summer, and how much she loved the house he had built. We enjoyed hearing her reminisce with a smile on her face, remembering details of 15 years ago almost better than those 15 minutes ago. But my heart still aches when she told us how much she missed him. After nearly 60 years together, their lives were so intertwined that she couldn't accept the fact they weren't together anymore. Six weeks after his passing, Grandma Young joined him. Being so far away during times of loss are incredibly hard, but I find comfort in the belief that they have each other again and it reminds me that each moment we have with those we love is special and fleeting.
And what better way to hold on to those fleeting moments than to write them down and share them with others.