My daughter had her first child, my first grandchild, a boy - Benjamin Ian on August 11. I attended the birth in a doula capacity, and it was a wonderful experience that went better than I could have imagined. On August 12, my partner's stepfather died. He had been unconscious following brain trauma for several days, and we had been in Syracuse keeping watch with the rest of the family. It was a rather surreal experience, but one that reinforces my desire to live life to the fullest!
I will be back to regular updates soon.