Friday, December 19, 2014
It's been 48 hours since we got the first phone call about Justin's grandfather and things are slightly better than they were just the other day. Justin is embracing all the good that can come from heartbreaking situations of loss, and for that I am eternally grateful. I hate seeing my husband hurt, I hate seeing our families hurt, but I am becoming a stronger person through this experience. I'm making sure to call everyone in New York at least once a day just to offer up some support and to check on them. In an effort to keep Justin's spirits up, we are taking a few trips while he is on block leave. They start this weekend with a trip to Leavenworth, Washington. We are attending the Christmas tree light ceremony and we are going to explore all that this little German town has to offer. I've heard really good things about it, so I'm hoping that my babies have a good time while we are there, and we will be with some of my family, and family is always good company for us.

We got an update on the ceremony arrangements for Papoo, and it looks they will be in the Spring. Sometime in April is what we are being told, so our New York trip that would have been in February with just Ava bug and myself, will now be in April with daddy. I'm content with this for more than one reason. Justin will actually be apart of the full military service that his grandfather is receiving, it's not going to be freezing weather, and we are going to try and cram in a birthday bash, since Ava bug's second birthday and Justin's 25th would just be a couple weeks away. I'm hopeful that even though our reasons for going aren't joyous, that we will still make the trip a memorable one nonetheless.

I also wrote this blog to inform ALL of you how grateful we are for all the support we have received. Since posting my last blog, I have received over 50 emails from people giving us prayers and letting us know that we are in their thoughts. That means more to me than any of you will ever know. Most of those emails are from readers of mine, people I have never met. The kindness you show is truly inspiring and it is entirely moving. I also want to thank all of my family and friends for praying over us, checking up on us, and offering your support where ever it is needed. We are blessed to live a life where so many care for us so deeply. Our gratitude is in full swing and again, I couldn't ask for a better support system.

I know the healing process is still bare and new, but I'm praying that this loss only continues to bring our family closer together. Here is a link to Papoo's obituary (as requested). If you decide to leave words for our family, please keep in mind that this is still a fresh cut, and people are healing in their own ways.

 ♥- Leilani

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