Today we made the trip home from Chicago. It's a trip we've done for the last 40yrs. We've gone for many reasons...weddings, baby showers, vacations with Grandma, cousins, aunts and uncles, holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, we've also gone for funerals. Yesterday was the memorial service for my Sister-in-law. A celebration of a life well lived. She and my brother only had a short time together. In the scheme of things, she only had a short time here on earth. But the length of time didn't stop the amount of living put into those years. Looking at the picture board of all the things Candy and Phil shared, you realize that no time was wasted and much time was enjoyed. Phil's doing as well as can be expected. He has plans to head to Florida this winter. He said he just needs a break for a while. Unless he decides to leave earlier, I'll see him when we make the trek back to Chi-town for our annual family Christmas gathering. I think our family is made up of survivors. We get through things and continue on with determination, blind faith, and usually a good sense of humor. It was good to see family there, holding, hugging, smiling, and supporting. It was good to see Phil's 3 children, their spouses and his grandchildren all together. Our good family friend, Father Damien, did the service. He was wonderful as always. He's buried, married, baptized, confirmed, laughed, and broke bread with us and been a huge support to my Mom and sister. He and Jack have a good relationship and for some reason I always have to smile when I hear him say, "Oh, it's Dr. Jack". Father followed us down to the funeral home, an hour from my Mom's house. He had a hard time keeping up with Jack's speedy driving! When he asked if Jack always drove over 60mi an hour I really did laugh! Are you kidding me? Chicago? If you don't drive fast you will be run over! Anyway, I took some pictures...of course...but left the camera at Mom's! My sister will get them to me, but for tonight I'll leave with just 2. She put together a really special tribute to Candy.