While we were in Arkansas over Thanksgiving we received the news that Jake’s grandma passed away. (Jake’s mother’s mom.) She was suffering from dementia and was cared for in a nursing home in Louisville, close to Jake’s uncle. This is a picture of the last time we were together with her in 2005. Many of the things that I remember from our time together on this particular day make me smile. She had a Julio Iglesias cd playing the entire time we were there and wanted to dance with anyone that was willing, she kept telling us that the staff had “sticky” fingers (referring to some of her things that were “missing” when in fact she was hiding them and then forgetting where she put them) and she insisted I eat a bite of her dessert…when I politely declined she shoved it in my mouth. I gave her a big smile and said, “yummy!” She seemed very pleased!
We also learned just this week that a very close friend of Jake’s family lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Seven weeks after his diagnosis, “Uncle” Jim went on to meet his heavenly father. Jim was Jake’s dad’s lifelong best friend. As we talked about it the other night Jake said he just knew that Jim and his dad were hanging out and catching up on old times. I had the privilege of meeting Jim when he and his wife, Rosemary, came to our wedding in Arkansas. It meant so much to us to have them there. Jim spoke so highly of Dutch and told Jake how much he reminded him of his dad. It was a really special time. Below is a picture of Jake’s family sharing breakfast with Jim and Rose the day after our wedding.