The Story of Our Last Week

Last Sunday night (October 17) we dedicated the twins and then came home to learn about Great Grandma Hazel’s death (David’s maternal grandmother). (Her obituary is here.)

Late Sunday night we were on the phone with Delta getting flights set up for Tuesday and Friday to and from Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina.

We flew out Tuesday morning. The boys were really amazing on the plane. Tuesday night there was a short vigil service for Grandma and a reception for the family.

The funeral was Wednesday at noon, then the graveside at Woodlawn (where Grandpa Charlie had been buried 23 years previous), and lunch at the Phoenix Inn (a family gathering spot).

Thursday we were able to introduce the boys to their Great Grandma Marty (David’s paternal grandmother), as well as some of David’s best friends in Spartanburg (Matthew, Ashwin, and Krishnan).

Friday evening we flew home to the Twin Cities. Again the guys were very good on the plane—but not quite as amazing as Tuesday (probably because it was an evening flight rather than midday).

Saturday we were able to sleep in and lay low—and try to start unpacking. It takes quite a lot to get a family with twin newborns 1200 miles and back.

Sunday morning (October 24) David preached at a church in St. Paul, and we had our hearts broken again by the Vikings (28-24 loss to their rivals, the Green Bay Packers).

Here are some of the pictures we captured during the last (crazy) week…

David's family (from left to right): sister Mary, father Rick, mother Jane, sister Anna, sister Deborah and her husband Jason, then the four of us (Cole in blue, Carson in gray)

Mathis fam

Carse & Cole with Great Aunt Julie (David's aunt)

Cole with Krishnan Patel

Carson with Ashwin Patel



Carson with Matthew West

Carson & Cole meet Great Grandma Marty

On the baseball beanbag

In Grandpa Rick's dental chair

With Mike and Anna Jo West


4 generations of Mathis men: Carse & Cole with Daddy, Grandpa Rick, and Great Grandpa Gene

Carson with Mommy

Carson & Cole pretend fly

Carson in white, Cole in orange (both outfits Clemson)

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7 Responses to The Story of Our Last Week

  1. Andie says:

    I love the 4 generations photo. Your grandpa looks so pleased.

  2. Grandma Jane says:

    What a blessing to have the four of you here with us last week! You brought much joy to our time of sorrow. Praying for you as you get back to life in the Twin Cities.

  3. Julie Morrow says:

    It was so WONDERFUL seeing all 4 of you last week! Thank you for making the long trip and bringing all of us such joy. Spent the last hour geting caught up on your website…so much fun! Love you all!

  4. Auntie Kim says:

    Great pictures from their 1st trip down south!! Love the shirts they wore to the dentist for the 1st time!! Can’t wait to see their smiles in a couple of weeks. Hugs and Kisses!

  5. Auntie Deb says:

    Relieved they made the “No Cavities Club!” Still recovering from the night Auntie Anna and I spent with the boys, but would for sure do it again if I had the chance!

  6. Auntie Mare says:

    so you know i took some of those pictures
    I am pretty sure my name such be recognized. Who knows, I could open a photography shop one day, and those boys were my first customers. haha. Love all the photos of the family and family friends!! Love yall! PS: my favorite is the boys in daddys chair haha.

    • Auntie Deb says:

      Auntie Mare, I hope you aren’t planning to be a photographer fulltime if you’re going to school right now for Nutrition. You are definitely the liveliest auntie. Love you! 🙂

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