On life and death and everything in between


We got news on Thursday evening that Tobi’s Oma had died. It’s sad news, although the family is really comforted in the fact that she died peacefully in her sleep, at the ripe old age of 100. It’s pretty amazing that she made it that long and was really quite fit all the way up until the end.

She saw a lot of things in her life – lived through both world wars, worked hard to provide for her children, and was a really wonderful grandmother.

This picture was from her 100th birthday celebration last August. She sure didn’t look that old in this picture, right!?

I’m sad that she’s gone. Tobias and I would have so loved for her to be around for our wedding. Or for our first child, who if it is a girl, we want to name after her. (We so wish we could have told our plans for that before she died. She would have been so honored and glad about that.) She was really such an incredible woman and I liked her a lot. I’m glad that I got the chance to meet her several times.

Rest in peace, Oma. You’ll be greatly missed.

Tobias and I are going to Fellbach, her hometown (near Stuttgart), to the funeral on Wednesday. It’s always good to be with family at times like this.

It’s hard to know what to say, really. Just that life is so precious, and it’s sad when it’s over.



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