When I received the news of Natalie's passing, I quickly made flight arrangements to attend her funeral. The day before I was to fly out, however, I learned that Papa had passed away as well and then quickly canceled my plans, got ready, loaded up the kids and made the 13 hour journey to CA.
Natalie's funeral was on Saturday and it was a very nice tribute to her life and all the goodness that she left behind.
Danny flew down on Saturday morning and since we were in town and hadn't blessed James yet, we decided to do it then with all of our family (only Danny's dad was going to be able to make it up here for the blessing, which was going to be today.)
Danny gave James a very sweet blessing and it was extra sweet because we were able to be with both sides of the family.After the blessing we had lunch at Danny's brother's house. It was fun to have all the Thatcher cousins (except Drae...we missed ya!) together. Thanks, Steve and Kirsten for having us all over!Tuesday was Papa's funeral. My sister, Jamie and brother, Ben, both gave excellent tributes to his life. My cousin, Shannon, wrote a wonderful poem for Papa and his former students and colleague also shared great memories of his life. It really was a celebration of a life well-lived. After the funeral we went to the cemetary to dedicate his grave and lay him to rest along side our dear GG. Then we were back on the road to head home.
It was a quick trip and it was so nice to see family and friends. Next time, though, I would like it to be for other reasons than for funerals. I think I have reached my quota for a while.