There is a running joke in our family that every significant event that comes around (birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc) it will probably be the last one with Nan or Pop. Then the next event happens and they are still there!
The last couple of years Nan and Pop have both had failing health and are now living in a nursing home. It is so sad to see them there because they have both been so active and independent for most of their lives. They are both only a year or two off turning 90 and have had such rich, productive lives. I know that when they eventually do pass away, the family will all be sad that they aren't around to spend time with anymore, but I also know that we will all be relieved that they will be living in a better place, free from the ailments and afflictions they are suffering now.Yesterday, after church all of the family members who were able to joined Nan and Pop to celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. It would have been nice to have all of the extended family attend, but obviously is too difficult with people living interstate or overseas. To think that two people ended up producing 6 children, almost 30 grandchildren and over 60 great-grandchildren - it would be quite the event if everyone were able to be there!!
Although Nan isn't able to say much anymore, she still tries to make herself known with her big arm gestures! It is nice to see her looking so perky and giggling all the time. We don't know how much she comprehends now that she isn't able to communicate using words, but she definitely knows who we all are and is so happy to see us. She still loves the babies and little great-grandchildren. Oscar and Lil have been a bit scared of Nan and Pop since they have started to look older so it is cute to see Tommy look up at her with big eyes and give her lots of smiles.
It is always fun when the family gets together, it doesn't happen as much as it used to so its good to catch up and have a chat with each other.
P.S. Lisa...I stole some photos off your blog! :)