Since Clint's Gramps' funeral was this weekend, we hustled to get cows moved to new pastures and fence put up early Friday morning, and then headed to Spokane to catch our flight.
We ended up flying out of Spokane since we bought tickets on such short notice (normally we fly out of Tri-Cities but they were crazy expensive) and Spokane was closer to the AI equipment we had to pick up from the project we'd sent it to. We were supposed to breed at Double R Ranch this weekend, but had to adjust some things due to our travel - we are so thankful that Double R was accommodating to our change in schedule, and for the help Cassie & Allen provided in our absence.
I had a middle seat on our 3 hour connection from Spokane to Phoenix, so I figured after that I deserved a Diet Coke and some Sour Patch kids.
Horizon has OSU Beaver & UO Duck planes, and those are commonly seen at airports in the PNW, so it was fun to see a different airline's school spirit plane in Phoenix.
We landed in Denver late in the evening, and had planned to stay at the same hotel near the airport both nights. We checked in and crashed. After a few hours of shut-eye, we were Nebraska bound!
The funeral was held in Grant, where Cliff & Yvonne have lived since 1998.
The services were so nice, and very well done. We loved being able to see Clint's family - even if we didn't love the circumstance of why we were all together.
His Gramps was such a lovable guy, and we will really miss him.
But he's in a better place, and the great thing about Heaven is that someday we'll be able to join him there.
Whenever I think about losing a loved one, I am comforted by the following passage by Chuck Palahniuk.
No matter how careful you are,
there's going to be the sense you missed something,
the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't experience it all.
There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed
right through the moments where you should have been paying attention.
|Custom urn created & welded by Clint's cousin Spencer - it was perfect for the occasion.|
Well, get used to that feeling.
That's how your whole life will feel some day.
This is all practice.
None of this matters.
We're just warming up.
After the funeral, the family stayed around to visit and then everyone departed ways.
Since our flight was at 5:45 this morning, we headed back to Denver for the night.
We left for the airport early this morning - like, we were the first car back at the Enterprise/National return kiosk, that kind of early - and after a four hour layover in Phoenix (where I wrote this post), we're headed to Spokane.
Once we land, we'll head to Soap Lake and pick up the AI barn and portable alleyway that we sent up to Double R and then we'll head for home to get ready to breed almost 2,000 head this week.
I hope you all had a great weekend.
Even though ours was mourning a loss, we were also celebrating family.
And in life, there is always something to celebrate....