Joe's grandmother passed away this past week and so we took off work and school early on Friday to head to the funeral. Soooo we had to work on catch up homework Thursday night since they were going to miss some classes.....chemistry. Do you know how long it has been since I have done chemistry? It has been a loooonnnngggg time, so Sara and I read the book together to figure it out. I was feeling very accomplished hat I figured it out. It was 8th grade science so I am not really sure what that feeling of accomplishment says about me. Maybe it doesn't take much for me to feel accomplished..
Friday around lunch we left for our native land. After a brief greeting of extended family, the kids and I went back to the hotel and they got some swim time in.
Ashley and John really enjoyed the whirlpool....especially after I turned on the bubbles.
On Saturday we attend Joe's grandmother's funeral. This was really the first funeral our kids have ever been too and it was really a good one for it to be their first. Joe's grandmother was a strong believer and a woman whose life reflected her beliefs. Joe did the message for her funeral and did a phenomenol job of sharing the gospel message. His grandpa and grandma would be just as proud of him as all the family members who were there to hear him.
There were a couple of silver linings to a sad weekend. We got to visit with many extended family members on Joe's side. It was wonderful to catch up with aunts, uncles and cousins. The kids enjoyed meeting all of them and hearing stories of days' past. We also got to see Joe's sister and family for the first time in 2 1/2 years. They are here from China so my brother in law can get the medical care he needs. We were able to reconnect with our nieces, hug the necks of those we love dearly, and spend a short but quality amount of time with them all. It was so great to sit at the dinner table with all of Joe's siblings and his parents and all the kids....it had been too long. It is one of those weekends that completely drains you, but you return home with your soul feeling full and missing them already.
....a special hello to all those relatives out there from across the country who we talked to this weekend and are now reading this. We love you and miss y'all already!