Friday morning, we headed over to Sacred Heart to catch up with Amy, who was post call. We had lunch and then Team Eddy and us hopped in the car for a drive to Tacoma. We made it as far as North Bend, where we met up with Mom, and finished our drive to Tacoma. We met up with the gang (Grandma and Papa, Lola, Aunt Rissa, Aunt Becca, the Montana Altmillers) at a hotel there.
Funerals are a bittersweet experience. We mourned the loss of a gentle "dad" figure in our lives. My mom did a great job sharing a few memories of Elton at the funeral, which made us all miss him more. At the same time, I really enjoyed our weekend, spending so much time with all the family members I don't usually get to see. I guess an unexpected death makes you take notice and realize that, yes, as cliche as it sounds, life is short, so you need to do what is important now. For me, that meant being present and enjoying my family.
(Photos from left: Mom hugs a naked Noah, Mercy hugs a cranky Noah, Amy visits with Elaina, Elton's sister, Kevin holds Clayton and Noah, and Elizabeth looks at the back door).