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    Christmas Break

    December 19, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    I wasn’t planning on writing much the next couple weeks, what with Christmas Eve, Christmas, Baby Q.’s second birthday {yes, I stop calling them “Baby” at age 2} and New Year’s to celebrate. And then there is the visit from my sister’s family that we are anxious for. It will be a good time.

    But it’ll be bittersweet now.

    If you remember a while back I mentioned that my uncle and father had brought over a bulldozer to work in our yard. We had some fencing sunk into concrete deep into the ground, and a bulldozer was better than a shovel in this instance. The older children ran around and enjoyed the show while the men did the job. I mostly watched from a window while nursing Baby O.

    There is still a pile of concrete out there waiting for my uncle to pick it up. He had wanted it for some sort of water filter or something that he was trying to rig up at his ranch.

    Only he won’t be coming, and there are a thousand things we thought he’d do that he never will.

    My uncle died in a farm accident yesterday afternoon.

    Even as I type that, it is hard to believe. Didn’t I just see him?

    My uncle wasn’t a traditional sort of uncle, meaning a blood-relative. Rather, he was a friend of my dad’s from way back when. High school…maybe earlier. My dad and mom and this aunt and uncle have been best of friends my entire life. It was only natural to call them by family names, much in the way my children sometimes refer to Mr. and Mrs. MPL or their beloved Auntie Grace. Over the years, some people become like family, even if there are times when you don’t see them very often.

    So next week, right before Christmas, we’ll be saying goodbye to an old friend who really wasn’t all that old.

    I’ll be back sometime soon.

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  • Reply G December 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    What shocking news! I’m so sorry to hear that. We will be praying. Love to you and all of your family.

  • Reply Kimbrah December 25, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    I am so sad to hear this news! We are thinking of you guys and praying for your Uncle’s family.


  • Reply Lift Up Your Hearts December 22, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Oh no. This brought tears to my eyes. I’m really sorry. {{{{{{{{ }}}}}}}

  • Reply Jeana December 20, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Oh, Brandy, I’m so sorry! I have “adopted as adults” aunts and uncles too. The heart doesn’t know the difference. I’m so sorry about your uncle, and I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  • Reply Rahime December 20, 2008 at 2:04 am

    🙁 I’m sorry to hear your sad news, Brandy. We’ll be praying for your family and his as you grieve.

  • Reply Auntie MPL December 19, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Please let you Mom and Dad know that we are praying for all of you. So sorry for the sad news, and especially at this time of year.

    We Love You!

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