Passing away, and a new outlook on life.

Brian and I just got back from a couple days in New London with the Oberstadt clan. Brian’s grandfather, Gib Oberstadt, passed away at the age of 76. While the occasion was obviously under grievous circumstances, it was wonderful to see everyone again: Brian’s father is one of seven siblings. Gib had many children (and in-laws), grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

When we first got to the wake, I overheard someone saying, “You know, I just keep thinking about the amazing reunion in heaven right now.” Gib’s wife passed away years before I met Brian, so I was never able to meet her. That comment helped me see the somber event in a hopeful and positive light.

Gib lived such a full and wonderful life. His obituary could have filled a novel with stories and pictures of friends and family. It’s got me thinking that when I finally go to the grave, I want to know that I filled my life with family and friends, and I want to be able to say that I gave my all.

Right now, that means that “giving my all” is my focus for Lent. It’s not so much of a sacrifice, as a renewed awareness of what I can be and who I can be. You can count on me to be giving my all in running, for sure. It will make for a new and powerful mantra circling in my head during my March 26th marathon in DC. I will also be focusing on giving my all in our photography business.  I’ve been working very hard on new website updates, and making our workflow more efficient. And, of course, I’ll continue my efforts to be a great wife, daughter, and dog-owner.

I hope that when all is said and done, many years from now, my lasting memory will be one of  a passionate, caring, and hard working woman. What more can I ask for?

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