Families are Forever

Im thankful for the knowledge that I have that families are forever and that there is life after death. June 18 my Nana passed away. Nana was my squeeze. She was my cheerleader. She lifted me up in a way others couldn’t. I am thankful that I have so many wonderful memories with her laughing and talking and hugging and being kind and just having fun. People gathered towards her because she gave genuine love so freely. I am a better person for knowing her and being loved by her.

I was very blessed that I was able to fly down to Florida to meet my Mom and be there for her grave vigil. It was a beautiful service. Short and sweet and loving just like Nana would have loved. And then the after party at Papa’s house celebrating her life with laughs and tears and good company lasted into the morning. Again….just as Nana would have loved. Sometimes I forget that she is gone, and I get sad again. But truthfully I am so grateful that she is no longer in pain and she is with her family and will be there waiting for me when it is my turn to pass. I wish she could have been able to meet Sophie. We are going to Florida next month, and it would have been her first time seeing her. But it’s okay, because I know she is able to get to know and watch my family more than ever on the other side. Although, the last time I saw my Nana, I was actually pregnant with Sophie. So at least she was close!

I am also glad I was able to have some extra time with just my Mom to myself. The girls stayed with Adam in Texas (which was actually really hard for me because it’s the first time I’ve ever been away from my babies overnight like that!! I missed them soooooo much!!) but I was able to have the quality time I needed with family in Florida.

Growing up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have faith and a hope and knowledge that brings me peace and comfort during times of sadness. Families are forever. I know without a doubt I will see my Nana again. And she will be healthy and in all her glory. I know she is in the center of laughter up there. Until we meet again Nana. I love you!

If you would like to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, here is the best website ever: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/

We have some fun exciting times coming up for our family. We are going to San Antonio next week for a fun weekend with all of Adam’s family, which will be so fun!! Then we have our 8 year anniversary! And then in August we will be meeting my family in Florida for another week long trip of family fun! I am so blessed with my village and my family. Their love and support is felt and appreciated. As well as the ultimate love and support I receive daily from my Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him I am nothing and would be lost. My testimony and love for Him increases exponentially as I get to know Him on a personal level, and I am continually blown away by the power of His love in my life. I am undeserving, but so very grateful.

P.S. Enjoy the random order pictures I have from the last couple months, and stay tuned at the end of the summer for a blog full of fun vacation pics  🙂

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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