Posted by: thedianestory | June 10, 2008

Time to Catch Up – June 10, 2008

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and so much has happened, which is why I’ve been distant from the blogging world. After Nate’s Birthday, we still had my birthday to come, the funeral for my beloved grandfather, graduation for a dear friend of ours and of course life as we know it day by day.

I’ve included pics from some of these events. Our friend Nick Hightower graduated from Chico State on May 25th and we went to his party that afternoon. Nick and his beautiful wife Molly are in the picture above at his party with Nate and myself. We are so happy and proud for Nick. Great job friend!

My birthday was the next day and I had a good day despite the circumstances with Grandpa’s passing. I got my nails and hair done that day, and then my mom-in-law through me a party that night with all the family. You can see pics of my new hair above. One of me with Nate, and one of me at dinner. The party was very nice and I felt so loved to have all the family gather for me. I do believe that was my first “family” party just for me. It was nice and made me feel wonderful. That evening after the party I got to hang out with my sis-in-law for a couple of hours too, just the two of us. She is an amazing person who I feel blessed to call my sis. It was wonderful to spend some time with her. Late on my birthday night, my mom and I headed to Sacramento to pick up my brother as he was flying in for grandpa’s funeral. He is proud of the fact that he got here for my birthday too. So it was a nice day.

May 29 we burried grandpa. The funeral was amazing. That may sound weird to some, but I am just blown away at the love I felt for my grandpa and at how wonderful the service turned out. I played the piano at the funeral, which was the first time in ten years I have played in front of people. That was a huge thing for me, for one because I was paying tribute to my grandpa, and for other reasons that I will share in another blog another time. Anyway, then my brother and I sang “In the Garden” which we had sang at grandma’s funeral seven years ago. Family even remembered we sang it at grandma’s which blew me away. So that was special. Then I read a poem I wrote for grandpa. The pastor who did the service is a former pastor of mine, and very dear friend. He did an amazing job in the service and really honored my mom for her caretaking of my grandfather, and honored us as a family for how close we are. It was incredible and I feel very blessed. Then, when we got to the graveside service, the verterans were there when we pulled up. This was a surprise to us, as we had tried to arrange for that, but were told it was not going to happen. So, to pull up and see them there was incredible. The presented my mom with a flag and did their tribute to my grandfather for his service to our country. It was an amazing sight. Finally we came to Chico for a reception which friends had put together for us. It was very nice to have a place to gather after services and not have had to worry about the details. Thanks to all who helped with that, if any of you read this.
Finally I want to say thank you to Molly for her support through the passing of my grandfather. Molly went to corning with mom and I to make funeral arrangements, and then she came to the funeral, sat with me and my family and held me as I cried into her arms. She walked me to the casket after the service ended and helped me say goodbye to my grandpa. Her words and support were incredible and I am so blessed. Thank you Molly, you are a gift from God.

So, the picture of me and Nate with the ride in the background, and the picture of the butterfly were taken at Six Flags, Discovery Kingdom. The weekend after the funeral, Mom, my brother, myself and my hubby decided to get out of town and spend some family time alone, away from the stress of the week. So, we went to the amusement park and just relaxed. I must say it was just what we needed and we had a great time.

Well friends, if you are still reading this, you are truly devoted. I will try to keep up with postings again so you all don’t have to read something so long again!

Thank you to all who have gotten me through the passed 3-4 weeks. I love you.



  1. Always thinking about you and your family Di.

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