Home Again

Tonight during prayer time Alex started by saying, “Dear Lord, thank you for Sissie’s great life.”

And you know, that just about sums up the last few days. There was some sadness, of course, but more than anything else, there has been so much thankfulness – so much gratitude – for Sissie’s great life.

In keeping with Sissie’s no-nonsense approach to, well, everything, Martha planned a very simple, very sweet funeral. There was visitation for an hour Friday morning, and afterwards there was a graveside service at a nearby cemetery. The visitation – which was at the church where D and I grew up and also got married – was like a trip down memory lane. We saw so many people we’ve known all our lives, and between my uncle’s funeral last October and Sissie’s funeral this past Friday, I have felt such a renewed appreciation for our home church and our hometown. They take care of their people, you know?

After the graveside service Martha turned to my sister-in-law Rose and me and said, “Have you ever seen anything more perfectly beautiful? Was that not perfectly beautiful? It was just perfectly beautiful!” And it really was. It was a wonderful tribute to 101 well-lived years.

We decided to spend the rest of the weekend in Mississippi, and it turned out to be such a fun time with our extended family. We made some good memories – and Sissie would love that.

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  1. Such precious memories. Praying for you and yours right now. Blessings to you.

  2. So glad you had a lovely time with your people over the weekend.

    I’d bet Sissie is having a time in heaven. Wonder if she ran into my Granny? Granny passed a few years back-also at 101. I remember the sweet time we all had at the funeral, so I can really relate to the sweet beauty of your memories of Sissie.


  3. Perfectly lovely and if I were Sissie, I’d adore that my passing brought family together to make more memories.

  4. I hope I leave such a wonderful legacy one day. Something to strive for!

  5. Sometimes it just good to be with your people, isn’t it?

    Thankful the service went well and you got to enjoy each other.

    ‘101 well lived years’. .. may I be found faithful with however many years I have!

  6. Sarah K says:

    I’m so glad you were able to celebrate with your family a life that was truly well-lived. God bless.

  7. :)

  8. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all say we’d lived 101 well-lived and well-loved years?
    So glad it was perfectly beautiful, and that you were able to spend that sweet time with loved ones.

  9. So glad it was a wonderful, sweet time for all those who loved her for all those 101 years. Thankful you are home and well.

  10. Sometimes Martha just hits the nail on the head, ” perfectly beautiful” says it all.

  11. There’s something wonderful about being home for the important things. I’m so glad that Martha was pleased with Sissie’s service. That’s how it should be.

  12. Sophie – I love how you honor your family, your husband’s family, your hometown, home church, your upbringing, and your LORD. (He’s my LORD too – praise His Name!) My precious mother-in-law Isabel is 89 years old (affectionately, and I mean affectionately, known to me as Izzy-B) would so fit in with Martha. God rest Sissie’s soul. One-hundred-one years – that just blesses me.

    This post was perfectly beautiful, just like you my friend.

    Love, GJ

  13. Sounds like a special celebration of life…home is a good place to be.

  14. I lost my dad in January and it took us back home too, to people I hadn’t seen in years. People that helped me learn about love and family and Jesus. It made me homesick for that place AND for heaven. May God bless you and your family with touches of beauty and perfection today in memory of your lovely Sissie.

  15. I hope you are finding peace in your sadness. It sounds like you are.

  16. I love that Martha is always Martha. I laughed a little at her summary.

  17. Thinking of you this weekend and sorry to hear of you loss, but everything posted about Sissy tells me she was a delight and is happy to be home with the Lord.

  18. Praying for you and your family. I am glad you had a beautiful celebration of her life.

  19. The whole weekend sounds absolutely beautiful. And a perfect way to celebrate a beautiful life and family.

  20. Sweet memories for sure!

  21. aw, boo mama, this is precious. i’m not sure where i was last week, but clearly i wasn’t here and i missed all this. thinking of you and your family. i’m sure it’s bittersweet. thankful with you for a life well-lived.


  22. So sorry for you loss, but Sissie is home with the Lord. What a place to be.

  23. I am so sorry, yet thankful at the same time. The hope of Heaven brings such peace at times like these.

    When my boys’ 106 yr old great-great grandmother went to be with Jesus, my youngest just 4 at the time innocently asked, “Will there be cake?” It just made me think how it truly is a celebration of a life well-lived and even though we are sad it isn’t goodbye, just a see you later! Praying for you and your family!

  24. So happy the funeral was a celebration of her life and that you all had a fun family time. I pray that’s what my future, hopefully long in the future, funeral is as well. Sorry for your loss, but so happy for the perspective that the time here being wonderful is definitely something to be grateful for!

  25. Susan Self says:

    Sophie. I was so sorry to hear about Sissie. Am very glad to hear that y’all are all doing fine. Love, Susan and Jerry

  26. There’s a piece of writing by Max Lucado that talks about all the joy in the waiting room when a baby is born, and compares it to when a person enters heaven. I can’t help but picture the tears and embraces celebrating Sissie’s arrival there. A great big hug to you as you go through this bittersweet time . . .

  27. Destiny says:

    Thinking of you and praying for you, too!

    And … God bless the little boy who summed it all up so perfectly, so perfectly beautiful!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Well, I think it was probably perfectly beautiful plus. :)

  29. Well, my favorite uncle went to heaven January 31st and i hope he’s met your sissie by now. I live in Alabama but just a few miles from the MS line and have grown up my whole life traveling, shopping, doctors, babies birthed, college, in MS. Id love to know which is your home town

  30. What an incredible way to celebrate the life of someone so dearly loved. I’m thankful God attended to you and the family with such comfort and mercy in the midst of mourning.

  31. Perfectly lovely, indeed.

  32. So sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family. What a wonderful life you all were able to celebrate!
    And yes, Mississippians take care of Mississippians:)
    Thankful you enjoyed being ‘home’ with ‘family’.
    Blessings and prayers,
    Psalm 46:10

  33. You have been in my prayers. Sounds like it was a sweet time of honoring beautiful Sissie’s well-lived life. What a precious gift she has been to you and your family…a beautiful woman of faith. Thank you for sharing her with all of us through your writing. Can’t wait to meet her in heaven one day!

    Love and prayers for you…