Thursday, December 22, 2011

What a Week!

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you all for the sweet comments, texts, phone calls.  I so appreciate all your prayers and support for me and my family!  I like to respond to everyone individually, but I haven't had a spare second this week.  Please know how much I appreciate each and every one of you!

This last week has been a whirlwind and I feel like I am just now coming up for air.  Every night (and sometimes during the days too) I've been over at my aunt's house helping with stuff for my uncle's memorial service.  My cousins asked me if I would help make a slide show for the service so it took me forever to work on that!  We had to go through all the pictures and decide which ones to use, then get them all scanned into the computer and make the slide show and put it to music.  It sounds easy, but I worked on it for 4 days straight.  I'm really happy I did it though.  It's such a great memory for everyone to have and after the service everyone was saying how much they loved it.

I was supposed to be on vacation from work this week too, but we have so much going on right now there was no way that I could take off.  Needless to say it's been a really hard week.    In the midst of it all we've had fun spending time with family and remembering my uncle.  My cousins are huge jokesters and even in the midst of losing their dad they still managed to make us all laugh.

My Grandmother's birthday was the day after my uncle died and we had planned a long time ago to go out to eat for her birthday.  We were planning on not going because everything that was going on, but my aunt insisted and said it would help keep her mind off of things.  We ended up having dinner at her house because she had so much food that people had brought over for them.  I'm so glad we still got together and celebrated my Grandmother's birthday even though it was a hard time for everyone.  It's good to just be together.

Here are some pictures from her celebration...

My Grandmother with my brother Austin and cousin Rusty

My cousin Ryan and his wife Randi with their newphew, Carson

My Grandmother with all her grandchildren

The whole family

The memorial service went so good.  There were so many people there and it was amazing to see how many lives he has touched.  My uncle was an auto mechanic and then later worked in the HVAC field. He was always willing to help his friends and family with their cars or ACs and was such a good man.  Both of my cousins (his sons) spoke at the service and they did such a good job!  My cousin Ryan also wrote a song for his dad and he sang it with his wife Randi while she played the guitar.  It was so good!  So many people said that was the best funeral they had ever been to.  I'm glad it turned out so good and was really a celebration of his life.

Here is a picture of my brothers and sisters from the service.

Also here is the slide show I did for the service if anyone is interested in watching it.

On the weight loss front, I had a good weigh-in this week (although my weight has been up since then, boo!).  I still need to do my weekly weigh-in post!  I also realized that in my pictures from yesterday that I had on the same jacket I wore last Christmas and could notice a big difference.  It's so fun because I actually enjoy seeing myself in pictures now and don't cringe when I see them.

Hope everyone is having a great week and all ready for Christmas! 


  1. Oh my gosh - so different. So nice of you to make the slide show.

  2. Wow what an incredible difference. You should be so so proud of yourself.

    Glad the service was such a success. It's good you've managed to have some fun, celebrating your uncle's life and your grandmother's birthday. xx

  3. What a nice touch with the slide show! Great idea. Also - your before and current pic is SO different. You are doing so GREAT! Did family who hadn't seen you in a while have lots of good compliments for you?

  4. The slide show was a beautiful tribute to your uncle. It is truly a blessing that your family is so close. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a Merry Christmas.

  5. Your Grandma is very glamorous and does not look 84! I'm glad the funeral went well,We did a photo slideshow 3 years ago when my dad passed away and I still look at regularly and it was totally worth the work involved:)

  6. Glad the funeral went well. I bet your family was very appreciative for all your effort with the slideshow. Yayness for you grandma's birthday! WOHOOO about those before and after shots with your super fly jacket!!! :)

  7. It sounds like the memorial service was lovely. Happy birthday to your grandma! And you look fabulous! What a difference one little year can make, huh?

  8. Andrea, first off, you look amazing! I love the comparision of last year and this with the same jacket! I know this last year has been so hard for you, well for all of us. But it is a year of new beginnings. Love ya!! Keep up good work!--Debbie

  9. Sorry to hear about your uncle ... it seems like you have such a great family .. what a blessing. And you're doing so great with your weight loss .. you'll get right back on track - I'm positive !

  10. I'm glad your doing well and everything turned out good, you did a remarkable job on the slideshow, your uncle would be very very proud of you!

    I can't get over the picture from last year to this year, doesn't even look like the same person! Great job.

    Merry Christmas Andrea!