Christmas in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Hello my friends. I've missed you!
I would like to thank each one of you who commented, leaving your kind thoughts
and condolences and for your prayers for us on the passing of my mother-in-law on Dec. 31.
Her passing was expected and God's timing was perfect as we had just nicely arrived
home from our visit to Alberta in Canada's west.
We flew to northern Alberta on Dec. 23 for Christmas with our daughter,
Jennifer, son-in-law, Matthew and grandson, Ewan, along with Matthew's parents and sister.
It was a very full house but we had lots of room and we all shared in spoiling Ewan.
While there I caught the cold they were just getting over and felt really miserable most of the week.
We flew home on Dec. 30 leaving Fort McMurray at 1:00 p.m. and arriving
at our home at 1:00 a.m. on Dec. 31st. It was a very long day.
We got a phone call at 6:30 a.m. that Murray's mother had passed away around 4:30 a.m.
Jennifer, Matthew and Ewan flew out on Jan. 1 arriving on the same late night flight that we had arrived on
the night before. They managed to book flights, pack up their things and all the baby necessities
and get to the airport within 4 hours of us calling them with the news. They were so tired
when they got here and so were we!
Grampie pulling Ewan in our antique sled on the icy lawn on Sunday.
There is no snow on the ground here at all. We had some freezing rain on Saturday evening
that made driving treacherous and iced up the lawns too then it got very mild on Monday
and rained before dropping below freezing on Tuesday. It's still green but very cold!
The family decided to have the visitation and funeral on the same day which worked out beautifully
for everyone. Those that had to travel 3 hours could do so and return home the same day.
The funeral service was a wonderful tribute to a life well lived and Murray and
one of his sisters shared the eulogy.
Murray played the keyboard as his Mum had encouraged him over the years to learn to play
and so enjoyed his talents on the piano. He also played for a duet sung by Jennifer and our
neighbour as they sang Chris Tomlin's "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)". We will dearly miss
this great lady, mother and grandmother. It will take some time feel 'normal' again I think.
Our family is still here until early Sunday morning. It's been such a blessing to have them here
especially with Ewan. I am a proud grammie and he is such a darling little boy. If you could
hear his sweet voice as he chatters and says "Hi" to everyone, and watch him toddling around
the house on his shakey legs, you would agree, I'm sure. The poor little baby's schedule is so off with the time change and traveling that he's not sleeping well at all but, he has been a very bright spot in
this week of stress and mourning. God is so good!
He had so much fun and squealed with delight as Grampie pulled him around the yard.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's Eve.
I have been peeking in now and then at your blogposts but missed so many.
Hopefully next week I'll be able to get back on track.
Take care, my friends. And thank you!
Blessings and hugs.