I was looking forward to telling you all about the awesome weekend we had at the Great Wolf Lodge down in Williamsburg, but I'm afraid that's going on hold. We arrived home safe and sound from Williamsburg just in time to receive shocking and sad news of the sudden tragic loss of my uncle, aunt, and my aunt's mother.
Uncle Chris and Aunt Elaine were wonderful, nice, loving people, believers in Christ, and respected members of their community. I haven't been in comms yet with my cousins Jon or Gigi, but they must be absolutely devastated. Gigi actually lives in the same town with Uncle Chris and Aunt Elaine, and Gigi's 5-year old son especially adored his Grandma Elaine. It breaks my heart to think of how Gigi is going to have to explain this terrible loss to her son.
In spite of this time of sorrow and loss, I find that I am truly blessed. I was supposed to go to a men's Bible study with my church tonight. When I called Jeff to tell him I wouldn't make it to Bible study, I lost my composure while I was on the phone with him. The next thing I knew, all the guys from my Bible study were sitting with me in my living room, praying with me and providing me support and encouragement.
Thank you, guys. Your fellowship and friendship means a lot to me, and I appreciate you coming over.
My thoughts and prayers are with my cousins, my mom (Uncle Chris was my mom's brother), and my grandpa right now. I've heard that it's especially traumatizing as a parent to lose a child, and this is the second of three children my grandpa has lost.