The last month of my life has been overwhelming in a lot of ways. My daughter turned 8, so she had her big 8th birthday party and was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In addition, my parents just sold the house they have lived in for 30 years, and the only home I ever knew as a child and growing up. They have been staying with us until their new home is built. We also just bought a second car after almost 10 years with only 1!
Amidst all of these changes, my grandmother, Mavis Hill passed away in the middle of March, and her husband, Orr Hill, passed away just 2 weeks later on April 1st. We have been preparing for, practicing for, and traveling to and from funerals. It has been an emotional month!
Since I got off of Facebook, I didn’t get a chance to post a picture of my sweet grandparents, nor was I able to share with many outside my family my feelings about them and their deaths. So, here they are.
Aren’t they the sweetest couple? I love them both very much and miss them so much!
My grandmother, Mavis, was an amazing pianist, and I have been told by many people that I play the piano just like her (we have them same “style,” apparently). I love knowing that I got that from her, and every time I play now, I think of her and hope she is proud of me and what I am doing with my life. I had the great privilege of playing and singing for both my grandmother and grandfather’s funerals. For my grandmother, I played “My Cup Runneth Over with Love.” I didn’t know it at the time, but found in her notes later going through her things, that she considered it her and Grandpa’s “song.” For my grandfather, I put together a medley of “Anchors Aweigh,” “America the Beautiful,” “Come Come Ye Saints,” and “Families Can Be Together Forever.” I created it as a tribute to his love for country, for pioneer heritage, his faith, and his love for the temple and family. While playing both pieces, I felt my grandmother nearby helping me get through them and to play as she would have played. Truly, I will never forget either experience and I am so grateful I was able to participate.
Even though the funerals were difficult, I was also grateful to be able to spend so much time with my extended family as we practiced pieces to sing together, went through the house looking for treasures and family history, and played games and talked just as our grandparents would want us to. I love my family so much!
I also want to bear you my testimony. I know that this sweet couple lives on after their lives on earth. I know they are together again, and that because they were sealed together in the temple, they can be together forever!
I am so grateful for this knowledge! I hope if you have recently faced similar situations in your life, that you will feel the love of our Heavenly Father and the peace that can come from knowing that families can truly be together forever! If you have any questions about my beliefs, please visit mormon.org and learn more!