While we were in Austin, my grandmother's health began to slowly decline. Needless to say, my mind was not on the conference material at all. I called my dad about every hour to check on her. She hadn't been sleeping, then when she finally did fall asleep, she slipped into a sort of coma. On Tuesday, the 28th of July, I got a call around 7:30 from my cousin Clay (after my dad had tried to call) that my sweet MawMaw had passed away. While I was extremely and selfishly upset at the loss of her life, I rejoiced that she was in Heaven...she had been talking a lot about wanting to go HOME and see Lewis (her husband). So to know she is walking hand in hand with him and praising Jesus all day long is the most comfort I could possibly know. She lived a wonderful life. She set an example of a Godly woman for my cousins and I. She was one incredible woman.
After the conference, Hallie and I flew to Alabama for my grandmother's funeral. We were scheduled to make it to the visitation, but it just didn't work out. We missed our first flight out thanks to the wonderful policemen of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Hallie didn't actually go to the funeral, my sweet friend Joy and her little boy stayed with Hallie during the funeral--she was a HUGE blessing to us! The funeral was very sweet. It was too hot to have a graveside service, so that was done inside. Then the church had a meal for the family afterward...of course, it just wasn't the same without my grandmother. There was no sweet tea (gasp!) and no brown and serve rolls. My cousins and I weren't quite sure of what to make of that.
After that quick trip--actually, we ended up staying about a week and a half to make the most out of the expensive airline tickets--we made it safely back to Texas (and it was an uneventful trip back...unlike the trip TO Alabama). Hallie spent lots of time with RahRah the following week so I could get my classroom ready. And then Hallie and I both started school.
Whew. That was July and the first part of August. I have more to share...but at least I have all that out of the way. :o)
Here are some of the pictures I took during our trip to Alabama.