Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My 31st Birthday

Today I am 31 years young.

I normally love getting texts, calls, and facebook messages wishing me a happy birthday.  But today they have all felt like kicks in the stomach. 

My day has not been wonderful, fantastic, or fabulous.

You see, we found out early this morning that Jarrod’s Nanmaw had just passed away.  So a happy birthday, it is not.

We will still do cake this evening for the sake of the kids.  And they still gave me homemade cards and magnadoodle messages along with a santa hat, pencil, doll hairbrush, and other randomness that they stuck in a gift bag, but other than that, there isn’t a lot of celebrating to be done.

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(I have no clue what this spells, but it’s still cute!)

We are happy that Nanmaw suffered very little and that she is now reunited with Jarrod’s Papaw who passed away when Jarrod was little.

Nanmaw loved her family something fierce.  She was constantly bragging on her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.  She would always write stories and/or send newspaper clippings with my birthday cards – all of them about Jarrod or his Papaw (who was also in the Navy).  Nanmaw’s whole living room was plastered with pictures.  I think she had every single picture that family members had ever given her taped up to her door and walls.

She will be missed by many, but her legacy will live on through her four daughters, nine granddaughters and one grandson (yep, Jarrod’s the only guy!), and sixteen great-grandkids.

So please, instead of birthday wishes for me, I ask that you send prayers and good thoughts to Jarrod’s family.

Thank you.

And to those of you who have already sent birthday messages - thanks.  They are hard to swallow today, and I get choked up every time I get one, but I do feel very loved.


Ashley said...

So sorry to hear about her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Traci@TheHallway said...

Oh no, Jenny. I am so very sorry :( please know we are thinking about you all.

Amanda B. said...

I am so very sorry.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

I hadn't read this when I sent my wine-filled text.. prayers for you all!

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Jen said...

Hugs friend!

Jessie said...

Hugs to you all! And maybe in a few weeks you can celebrate being thirty-wonderful, as I remember my mom calling herself.

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

Prayers to you and your family, I am so sorry for your families loss!!!

Amanda said...

I am so sorry for your family and their loss. While hard, I do hope those moments with the kids gave you just the slightest bit of a happy birthday.