Great Grandma passed away Wednesday night (Thursday morning here in Mozambique). Here is what Grandma wrote:
"My ‘mother-sitting’ days ended last evening, August 20, 2008 at about 7 pm. I was glad that my sister Alberta had spent about 4 hours with me that day. Whenever mother moaned out in pain, which wasn’t to often because she was on strong morphine – for only two shots, as she already had had oral morphine for two days on demand—we would take her hands and lovingly massage them. The last time we did it, we didn’t know that the end was so near. In fact, Albert & John decided to go home to Clive which they did. When they arrived home they received the call that mother was gone. From Saturday evening, when we admitted her into the hospital and until the last miserable day, when she had to be put on the morphine stint, she had had some interchange with us during this time – remembering who was speaking to her, offering a short prayer at worship times.\
So the end of a wonderful mother, wife , relative & friend has ended, 23 days short of her 96th birthday. We will grieve her passing but we also rejoice that her suffering is over and that she is at rest until Jesus comes."
The good news: Grandpa came yesterday morning (from Vancouver Island, Canada)! And then Daddy came back home after being gone for almost three weeks, and he brought Oupa with him (from Gordons Bay near Cape Town, South Africa)! I gave Daddy the longest hug and sweetest kiss - it is soo good to have him back! And I love having lots of attention from my Daddy and grandpas!
Grandma will be joining us in September after Great Grandma's funeral, so that is good news, too.
Daddy brought me a broom just my size. I love sweeping! I am considering Grandpa's advice to charge for my hard labor, though. What is the going rate for an expert broom sweeper?
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some skateboarding practice to do with my Daddy. I haven't put out a new skateboard video in a while, you know.