It wasn't all Palm Trees and Sunshine...
Okay, so the weather was absolutely gorgeous! Highs in the low 80's, lows in the high 60's. Low humidity, too! Why did I move from South Florida again?
But we weren't there for vacation. Instead, we celebrated the life of my Grandma Elsie Jane Staska.
It was a small, but meaningful, service.
My brother Jeremy accompanied my cousin Tara on the guitar while she sang, "What a friend we have in Jesus". My grandmother specifically requested this song to be played at her funeral. My cousins Brett and Matt performed an original song entitled "Jammin' with G'ma in the Living Room" which was based on a poem my Grandmother wrote while living in their house one summer. It was so amazing :)
I also accompanied my cousin Tara on the piano with the musical arrangement "I Stand All Amazed", except there wasn't a piano. I used a tiny little keyboard at the last minute that my Uncle Dave grabbed from his house. Let's just say that its a good thing my cousin Tara has an amazing voice and let's hope that my piano playing could not be heard. I could, however, hear my brothers laugh at me every time I hit a wrong note. Just goes to show you that "big" brothers never do grow up! My Aunt Liz reminded me that my grandma would have just been happy with my participation :)
From left to right:
My Uncle David, My Dad (holding my Uncle Mark's Ashes), My Uncle Joe, My Aunt Liz.
10 out of the 19 Grandkids:
Me, Tara, my sister Jami, my brother Jeff, my brother Jason, Dustin, Jon, Brett, my brother Jeremy, and Matt.
After the funeral, we all trekked over to "The Pyramid", as my grandmother always referred to it. See, my grandpa died in 1984 so my grandma went ahead and bought a double vault space for both him and her (when she needed it). She paid $2,500 for it back then. It now costs $15,000 to be buried here. Way to think ahead G'ma! :) There was also room for my Uncle's ashes.
I love this picture of my aunt talking to my uncle. She's holding a flower from her mother's casket spray.
I'll end here tonight. Next time I'll post some pictures from the receiving of friends at my aunt Diane's house.