Home again, Home again...jiggity,jig.
Well, everyone, I'm back! Hard to believe that last Tuesday, I was driving to Arkansas!! So much has happened over the last week that my brain is having trouble catching up...I've been in a bit of a fog lately...after reading this, you'll understand why!
Last Tuesday morning, we passed through Valdosta and stopped to see Melissa, Kayden and Granny Jewel...I took that opportunity to have one last conversation with Janey (meaning, Melissa's tummy)...I had a strong feeling she was going to go in to labor while I was in AR. Tuesday evening we stopped in Birmingham to stay with the Moore Family (Chad's cousins). Thanks again Keith and Erin - it was so good to visit with you guys - Shep and Rauly loved seeing Harrison and Elizabeth Anne!! We arrived in Arkansas Wednesday evening and it was Thursday morning that I received the call from Terri saying that Melissa was going to be having Janey that day. I have never in my life wished more strongly that I could be in two places at once. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to see my brother, and all the rest of my family,...still, my heart hurt knowing that I wouldn't be able to be in Valdosta with the rest of the family and friends. Terri (Melissa's sis), Patience and Nikki (Melissa's friends) made it easier on me by calling me every hour or two to give me updates on how Janey, John and Melis were doing. I wound up staying till Saturday so all of my family would have the opportunity to visit with Shepherd and Rauly - Jacob and I got to see the movie Transformers, drank some Starbucks coffee together and visited while we drove back and forth to Cabot and Conway to see family. Of course I valued my time with my parents, but I NEVER get to see Jacob - so it was really a treat to have some one-on-one time! I'm proud of him - he's got a great job that is paying for his school and he will graduate in 1 week with a degree in business management! Saturday afternoon, I made the long trek back to GA. As you can imagine, Sunday and Monday were pretty much a blur - getting to sit with Melissa and see Janey's sweet pictures,...hugging, crying...even laughing a few times....when John and Terri are in the room...there's guaranteed to be some laughter! :) Monday was Janey's funeral and all I will say is that I will never forget that day - it was a sweet ceremony. Please keep the Hicks family in your prayers.
Now that we're home, I've been unpacking and cleaning...trying to gear up for the crazy fall season! I've included some pics of our whirlwind trip to AR. Hope everyone is doing good - I've been reading ya'lls blogs...just haven't had time to comment.