I owe all of you an update. As you know, my mother-in-law, Addie, was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer this summer. In November they asked me to come down and help now that Addie was bedridden. I left on the day after Thanksgiving and she died on Dec. 10. It was not an easy death and she was ready to go, but it was still terrible to say good-bye to such a wonderful person who was a huge part of my life. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?pid=176868319
My father-in-law took it hard and refused to plan the funeral for two days. When he finally faced up to it, he wanted to wait a week. This left me in limbo with Bill and Eddie freaking out in Nova Scotia and me stuck in Massachusetts with very little to do. I ended up flying back to NS and then all three of us flying to Massachusetts three days later. All of these flights involved two hour drives to the airport - at 4:30 AM. I shudder to think of our Visa bill.
We got back on Dec. 20th and I finally had a chance to deal with Christmas. Honestly, it's been exhausting, but people have been so kind. From the Air Canada lady who changed and arranged all these flights and then said in her French Canadian accent, "I send you strength" to the owner of the men's store in Bridgewater who outfitted Eddie with a suit to be pallbearer and had the alterations done in two hours because he didn't want us to have to drive back to Liverpool in such awful rain. And, my goodness, the hospice people were angels sent to us on earth. No exaggeration. We couldn't have done it without them.
So I'm grateful she's at peace, but I'm sad for all of us who are missing her. I'm hoping 2016 will be a year of beginnings and new hopes as Eddie graduates from high school and goes off to university. (Probably Dalhousie in Halifax).
I'm wishing all of you the best in the coming year. *hugs*