Son and daughter-in-law came home in May and we had a celebration for their marriage a few days after their one year anniversary. It was only around 40 people but it was fun and the food was delicious. They also got to announce daughter-in-law got a new job in ...California. A lot farther then they or we hoped for but you gotta go where the tenure track is. While they loved living in Iowa (although I told son, with the mild winter they had, they didn't see what it was truly like, lol) the university she is at now did make a counter offer but it just wasn't a sure thing. I think they will be moving in the beginning of August, son doesn't know when he'll be able to start school again. So, a lot of plans are up in the air Our new vacation spot will be northern California which will be fun. So, a new beginning for them.
The following Friday after the celebration, we learned that our nephew's son died in a motorcycle accident. He was 22... so young. It's still hard to believe he's gone. He belonged to a motorcycle club and at the funeral about a dozen of them rode behind the hearse. It was very moving. I feel so terrible for our nephew, his wife and my sister-in-law.
The day after the funeral (if you can believe it), I went to a baby shower. One of my dinner friend's son's wife is due the beginning of August. It was so strange in a matter of a day, saying goodbye to a life and then hello to a new life soon.
Also, Magellan's daughter is getting married in August. I went to the wedding shower last week - another new beginning soon.
Life can be so good and so terrible at the same time, crazy!