I don't feel inspired to write much. Even though so much has happened in the past week, I'm just tired.
Saturday was Mary Jane's Memorial service. We held it outside at my aunt and uncle's house. They have a lovely piece of property surrounded by woods. The day was absolutely perfect to be outdoors -- warm, sunny, breezy, and plenty of pretty leaves on the ground and falling from the trees. It's the exact kind of setting you picture when you think of an outdoor funeral (or see one in the movies). It was very informal, just a big family gathering to celebrate Mary Jane. My cousin Ryan (who had brain surgery a month ago) played his guitar in public for the first time (and did a wonderful job!) while I sang "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away".
Afterward we ate and visited while Elijah played with his cousins and jumped in the gigantic pile of leaves.