#17: Go Home…Mississippi

Well, I accomplished another goal.  I went home to Mississippi, just like I wrote I would on Number 17.  My visit, however, was not a vacation, nor was it planned.  My uncle, who was only 57, passed on last Saturday.  Although it was unexpected and as a family, we are in pain, we all know that he is in a much better place.  He is no longer in pain, no longer suffering and no longer being kept alive on machines, against his will.  While I could never imagine having to make the decision that my mother had to make on my uncle’s behalf, there is no question that the appropriate decision was made.  I miss him. I love him. And I’m sad that he is gone, but I’m happy that he can now rest.

Although I write this with tears in my eyes and an extremely heavy heart, I have much to be grateful for.  Not only did my mother, brother and I have a blast during the long, drawn out, 16 hour drive, but we also got to see family and friends that we hadn’t seen in years.  That includes my best friend and sister from another mister, who I hadn’t seen in almost four years.


I love this chick!!!


We and our other friend hung out, got drunk had a few drinks and just had a good time.

Going home to Mississippi was a goal that I’d expected to accomplish around March or April, but I guess God had other plans for me.  You know what they say…

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” 



  1. January 15, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    Although unfortunate I’m thankful that you and your family were able to bond and spend time with each other both on that road trip and during the time there. I’m sorry for your loss and I pray that you’re able to be strong in your time of pain. Although hard to accomplish, I know that there is nothing you’ll ever be given that is too much to bear. Thank you for sharing your story because it really was a reminder to me that I need to appreciate my loved ones a little more today. Thank you & Be blessed, because you’ve surely been a blessing.

    • January 18, 2013 / 9:00 am

      Thank you, Kimberly, for your kind words. While I selfishly wrote to alleviate my pain and reflect on my journey, I’m glad that I was able to be a blessing to someone else. Thank you.

  2. January 15, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    A birth and a death always seems to bring family from afar. I’m terribly sorry about your uncle. I know what it’s like to have to watch someone you love lay in a hospital in pain. My mother just recently passed and while I miss her each and every day, I feel peace knowing that she has her peace. And I thank God for that.

    I love that quote at the end. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made God laugh. LOL!

    Keeping you all in prayer!

    • January 18, 2013 / 8:57 am

      Thank you so much. I am also very sorry for the lost of your mother. That is something that I never want to think about, but I know someday I will have to. I’m glad that you have found your peace, through your mother’s peace.

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