Deepest Sympathies

Saturday, January 12, 2013 TJ & Vanessa 2 Comments

This week I've been thinking about my Grandma a lot. My Step-Grandpa passed away right before Christmas just a few weeks ago. It was sudden and unexpected. I felt horrible when I heard the news. Ever since it happened, I've kept her in my thoughts as I've wondered how she is going to face each new day with such a big part of her life, and herself, now up in heaven.

At the beginning of this week I have to admit I was feeling a little down. You could call it a case of the post-holiday blahs. I was still feeling a little bummed that my holiday season was rather anti-climatic and hadn't exactly gone the way I had hoped it would, especially considering that TJ has been working non-stop. Then I had a phone conversation with my sister that helped turn my perspective around. She started talking about how lucky I am to have so many cool things to do right at my finger tips because I live in New York, and ended by saying, "You better get going! You have a lot of things still left to do!"

After we hung up, I starting thinking about my Grandma again, and for the second time realized how smart my sister is when she said, "You better get going! You have a lot of things still left to do!" I can't even imagine the sadness my Grandma is feeling, however I think what my sister said could apply to her as well. There is obviously a reason why she is still here, and why my mother-in law is still living, after both recently losing their husbands. There's a lot still left to do. I was humbled again this week as I was able to let go of my post-holiday blahs and remember that there are people who are in worse situations or have harder trials than I am experiencing. I have so much to be thankful for. Doesn't mean that I feel 100% better about how my holiday season went down, but I recognize now that I have it pretty good, all things considered.

I send my deepest sympathies again to my Grandma and hope she knows how much we love her! Jerry will be missed.


  1. Vanessa, beautiful words. This definitely made me cry. Sorry for your loss. 2012 was a rough year for you but I am sure 2013 has lots of blessings in store. Love Marissa's words, something to think about each day. Hope you are doing well.

    1. Thanks Catherine for your note. Marissa is one smart teenager. Here's to 2013!


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