Returned yesterday from my grandfather's funeral. It was an amazing service, and a nice chance to see family and reconnect. I just wish it wasn't such a sad occasion. My mother and grandmother are both holding up well - they are amazing and strong women. I'm glad I got to spend a few days over there and remember Grandpa. He will be missed.
I got my mother to agree to let me take my stepfather's flannel shirts and make her a memorial quilt with them. At first she thought it was an awful waste and that she should donate the shirts, but I convinced her that the quilt would bring her comfort and that the shirts would mean more to her in the long run than someone else at a thrift store.
She agreed and really liked this pattern that I want to use. I am hoping there are enough flannel pieces that I can make a small comfort quilt for my stepsister as well. She has been so supportive of my mom through her dad's illness and my mom's grief after his death, and I can't thank her enough for all that she has done for my mom. She even drove across the state by herself to attend my grandfather's funeral and support my mom. It really surprised my mom, but it didn't surprise me because that's the kind of person Dena is.