The birth announcement I ordered for Baby Ezra came the other day
(Hello free $15 giveaway from Kodak Gallery! Woot!)
and while I had a few quiet moments I started filling them out for our close family.
As I was filling them out it really *hit* me that I don't have any grandparents to send my announcements too!
My great-grandparents and maternal grandfather passed when I was in elementary school, my paternal grandma passed when I was in high school, my paternal grandfather while I was in college and my Grandma Rose passed near Amelie's first birthday.
It is extraordinarily painful at times to think of those we've lost.
I am thankful for the time I was allowed with them but sad at the same time that they're gone. I so look forward to seeing my Christ-believing family members in Heaven again someday. I am thankful that we have been promised a future where we will all be whole, and together with our loved ones. It makes moments like these easier.
I am so thankful for the abundance of family and friends we are surrounded with and that God has blessed me with a peace and love-filled home.
I am cherishing the past, enjoying and embracing our sweet present and looking forward to the future we're promised.