|Grandma with her 4 children: |
my aunts and my dad
So, we thought we should have a party. And we did. A roomful of her family and friends came from all over the country to be by her side and be so grateful for her life.
It was a hard time for me to be gone, but there is never a really convenient time for worthwhile things, right? I wanted to put my family first and so I flew to the west. It was a historic gathering in scope and purpose, so it truly was worthwhile. So many members of our family have not all been in one place for a long time. In my own family of origin, 7 of 8 siblings were there. Naturally, I was taking photos, and it was a joyful thing to see these people to whom I'm connected through this grandma.
|Me and Grandma Joy|
|3 of my 4 brothers and all of my sisters.|
Family relationships can be complicated and fraught with both joy and sorrow, but for this night, we focused on the former in all ways as we came together to honor this woman we love so much.