"All to Jesus, I surrender..."
"I stand amazed, in the presence, of Jesus the Nazarene..."
"Come thou fount of every blessing..."
"I walk through the garden alone..."
"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound..."
We sang and we cried. We cried a lot. We hugged and we kissed. We tried to pretend that it was a coincidence that we all showed up at Granny's house at the same time. We tried to pretend that none of us had heard the phrase "they just called hospice." We tried to just enjoy the time we had together. We tried to live in the moment. Fully alive.
Life is a gift. Embrace it. Every moment of it. It's all a gift.
UPDATE: On Tuesday, February 2nd, at 11:30am Melva Donaghy stepped from this life into the next. She will be missed but we have full assurance that she is in a better place and we look forward to that great celestial reunion.