Okay, I promise this blog isn't going to turn into Meemaw's Little Brag Book.
But I want to remember these events.
This past Friday, Jim, Joshua and I were just sitting around in our living room, when Holly and Aaron walked in the door. We didn't know they were coming, but they live in town...and they are welcome anytime. And they know it.
They used the code to open the garage, and we heard the door go up...so it wasn't like they scared us or anything.
We talked about this and that, like normal. Everything was normal.
And then Holly went out to the garage. We have a refrigerator out there, and keep our soft drinks, juice, and bottled waters out there...I just thought she was getting something to drink. But, she came in carrying a gift bag.
That wasn't really too unusual, either...so I didn't think anything of it.
Then, she asked me to come sit on the couch between Jim and Joshua. Which, that was weird, but nothing really registered with me.
The bag contained a small box, and something that felt like a book. She said, "open the box first."
Well, I opened the box, and it held a red leaf made out of construction paper...similar in size/shape to the construction paper leaves I have on our Thanksgiving Tree. On the leaf, it said, "Baby Nicholson, June 2016."
And underneath the leave was an ultrasound picture...the very first picture of my very first grandchild.
And that's how Marty died.
Because one minute, I was Marty...wife, mom, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, friend; and the next SECOND, I was a Grandmother, and everything was different.
I immediately thought of the Faith Hill song, "A Baby Changes Everything." It's not really my favorite song, even tho our choir is singing it in our Christmas program. Of course, I know that song refers to Jesus, as the Baby Who changed everything...but I wonder if, the next time we sing it, I'll think of the baby that Holly is carrying?
Joshua wasn't really comprehending all that was going on...because after I realized what was going on and I screamed...I showed the ultrasound to Jim, and he said, "ohhhhh noooo."
The kids are NEVER gonna let him live that down.
I said, "JOSHUA! Holly and Aaron are gonna have a baby!" And he said, "Well, THAT was quick."
(they've been married 4 1/2 years)
So excited, and so very thankful for this new season of life. :)
"The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3