Death and Birth

My 88 year old mother-in-law passed away on Sunday, March 6th after a long decline. Although her passing was expected it is still hard for Ellen, her sisters and especially my father-in-law Bob Wheeler. They had been married for 65 years, raising the three girls and enjoying their six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Speaking of great-grandchildren, another was born prematurely the next day (March 7th, 2016). Our grandson Isaiah Owen Slezak appeared weighing 2 pounds, 4 ounces and mostly breathing on his own. His remarkable story can be found on Craig and Laura’s blog “A Way in the Wild”.

And then that evening my dear Aunt Liz (Mom’s sister) went to her eternal reward after emergency surgery for extensive cancer that had remained undiagnosed. She was 85 years old. I was unable to be with the family for her memorial service because I was, of course, in Ohio with Ellen and her family.

What a start to an eventful week! Ellen and I drove up to Columbus, Ohio and along with grieving for her mother we enjoyed really good times with the family. Our other three kids and two of our grandchildren were able to join us there.

As the years roll on we will continue to experience and embrace more of these life events.

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