Life is in continuous motion. Time never slows or stops. Nothing brings this truth into reality more than change. It has been a week of change, circling around me. Last Saturday - a wedding and a baptism. Tuesday - a birth and a death. Wednesday - another birth. Thursday - a birthday. Tomorrow (Saturday) - a funeral.
One of my dearest friends married a kind and generous man. The kind of man she has waited over twenty years for. I am so happy for her. Another dear friend's daughter was baptized the same day.
We awoke to the beautiful sight of new life and a brand new baby mule, as white and pure as the innocence of new birth can be. Later that day, my sweet grandmother passed away after 89 years of life and 23 1/2 years of separation from my grandfather. My joy at their reunion is greater than the sadness I feel for my own loss.
The very next day my niece gave birth to a sweet new baby girl. Her tiny perfect body remind me of where I came from and how precious each and every life truly is.
A day after that, which day was yesterday, was my own husband's birthday. I didn't even get to see his face until almost 9:00 pm to even wish him a happy birthday. He is a hard-working guy and spent the day working on the ranch and the evening befriending his new baby mule.
Tomorrow is my grandmother's funeral. I have siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews coming from far and wide to pay tribute to her. I have no doubt she will be in the midst of us. I'm betting my granddad will be there too. It will be a family reunion that will not be overshadowed by grief and sadness, but one of joy and hope. She has longed for the day to be reunited with her sweetheart and her ache has been deep and painful for her to bear. I am happy for her. I will miss her, but I know that I will see her again.
With so many life changing events this past week, I am introspective. I am grateful for the life I have been given. I am grateful for the people in my life who bless me and strengthen me. I have been blessed with a good life and there is much joy to be found in it. I am home. My heart is full and I am grateful.