Yesterday was a bit of a sad day around here. And I say get the sad news _’out of the way’_ simply because there are times to dwell on sadness and times to brush it aside to focus on the good things. Even out of death we can focus on good things – like memories, smiles, lives lived, children raised, times shared.

Yesterday saw the passing of 2 people from my family. One was my great Aunt Ruth that I never knew. I am thankful that my Mom, Don and Gramma Faye were able to go visit her a couple of days ago, to see her one more time, before she left.

The other was my Aunt Dee, my mom’s sister. Aunt Dee leaves behind sisters, brothers, her husband, 5 children of her own and 2 of her husband’s, many grandchildren and even some great grandchildren. I’m thankful that she was making strawberry pies for her family just a few days before she left. And I’m thankful that my mom was able to go and see her sister one more time and be there to say goodbye as Aunt Dee left to go on to a better place.

Death is sad, even if it means going on to somewhere better. But I think it’s important to remember the good times, the good things, the good.