A little over a week ago I learned that my Father was ill and would likely not live much longer.
Since that conversation with my brother, life has been more than a little surreal.
Suddenly I was processing complicated emotions, researching and preparing a funeral, and making arrangements with my life in IL to allow me to leave quickly.
Then I was on a plane and my brother was picking me up in SLC. We went back to my beloved Timpview 8th ward in Orem and had a funeral. I played the flute. I spoke.
And then… literally hours after the funeral had ended… I was in pain. I was vomitting. My stomach was aching. My head was spinning. And when I should have been on a plane back to IL, I found I was instead in a hospital. And then in an operating room.
Thankfully I was with the best care takers imaginable, and I had two bright, beautiful rays of sunshine, Ada and Talmage, to keep me smiling through it all.
3 awful plane rides later and I was in IN. Corey, My Corey, was waiting for me. He drove me through the worst fog I have ever been in all the way back HOME.
Home to my boys.
Home to our life.
I can’t say that I wasn’t sad to leave UT. Of course I was! During my stay I was able to see my dear family… my Gram and Papa, my Aunts and Uncles and cousins, even a few dear friends, and of course… Calvin and Whitney, and my oh-so-adorable niece and nephew. But it felt like a mean trick, as Whitney would say, getting to be near them but not really getting to spend much happy time with them.
Because the truth was that I wasn’t there for a happy reason, and my stay wasn’t extended for a happy reason.
And so… I am ever so glad to be back.
I’ll tell you more about all of this later I’m sure. But today I just want to say that There is No Place Like Home, and that Home is Where the Heart Is, and every other kind of cheesy-home-saying you can think of. Because guess what?!? They are true!
And while life is certainly not back to normal… thank you appendectomy… I am here. And I am grateful. Grateful to be home, grateful that I have such a wonderful home to come back to, and grateful for all of the many blessings that have come to me even in the midst of such a week as this one.