It’s been a while since my last post. A lot has happened these past 4 months that finally it feels like the sun is coming out after a long storm. This year started off with a caffeine headache (which was what my last post was about), took a family trip with my husband and two boys to Denver, CO in late January (which I’ll post about that soon) and upon our return back home the following day I had my first job interview in the morning and hours later my husband received a devastating phone call from my mother-in-law that my husband’s brother, Brandon, had unexpectedly passed away.
Brandon passed away on Thursday, January 27th and left two surviving sons ages 7 years old and 6 months old. The next couple of days we packed and headed our 3.5 hour road trip to Madison, WI to be with my husband’s family. Planning of the funeral was a blur. Lots of driving around shopping for funeral clothes as stores were limited in stock because of Covid. Making decisions regarding the funeral home, casket, cemetery, burial site, photos, music. Everything came to a halt when we buried Brandon on Tuesday, February 8th.
Not too long afterwords in late March, my husband’s 92 year old grandfather, Zane, was in hospice care about three weeks and passed away on my husband’s birthday, April 8th. His casket and burial site was already selected prior to his departure. Having to deal with Brandon’s passing prepared us for Grandpa Zane’s funeral. There was no running around. Many of us wore the same funeral clothes from Brandon’s funeral. What was hard was preparing the kids for yet another loss in the family in such a short amount of time.
In the midst of all of these events, I was getting callbacks for 2nd and 3rd job interviews and started on the job the same week Grandpa Zane had passed. The emotional control I had to contain while being interviewed was the only thing that I could control.
So to say that a lot has happened in the last 4 months is an understatement. Life throws you curveballs and it’s either you brace yourself for what’s yet to come or you’re taken by surprise and it’s a hard hit. So this time it hit us hard.