Monday, October 4, 2010

My Granddaddy

Early this morning my Granddaddy left this world for another home. Though it is a sad day for our family it is also a good day....he is no longer in pain, he is no longer miserable. He has spent the last few years in poor health and not able to walk. About 5 or 6 weeks ago he was no longer able to be cared for in his home. His worst fear was the nursing home and it was going to be his reality. He was miserable and so was my Grandmother. She hated having to put him in the nursing home. For about the last year he would constantly say that he wished God would just go ahead and take him b/c be had no life or at least not the life he wanted to have.

We were blessed to be able to spend a week with him and my Grandmother at their house the first of August. It is time I am so glad we had. My kids never had to see him in the nursing home...their memories will be good and for that I am grateful.

The kids took his passing really well. I don't think Madison fully understands while Caleb and Taylor do. Taylor took it the hardest. She is doing better this evening after a few talks, she got her tears out and so did I. I hope the visitation/funeral will go as well on Thursday. Tonight while tucking Taylor in bed she said she was going to miss Granddaddy and I told her that was ok that I was too. I told her we have to think about that he is happy and no longer in pain and she replied..."yeah, I guess he is riding his tractor around the clouds". I sure hope he is!

This is the last picture I have of him and the kids.

My mom with my Grandparents


Cindy said...

I am so sorry for your family now. Our prayers are with you. I talk to my girls all the time about my grandmother being in heaven. It helps keep her memory fresh in their minds. My grandmother's funeral was the first for my girls. Anytime they say the word heaven, they talk about my grandmother being there. I'm so thankful they know they will see her again. That's such a comforting thought. I'm sure you will keep your granddaddy's memory fresh in your kids' minds as well.
We will be praying for you this week.

Steve said...

What a nice remembrance of your grandfather. It's always hard to lose a loved one.

Ginger said...

Those are great pictures. What a blessing that you were able to spend time with him in August and that your kids knew him so well.

April said...

Oh, Holly. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will all miss your granddaddy so very much. The pictures that you have all together are wonderful. I know those will be family treasures. I will be praying for peace and comfort for you all.

Sara said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your granddaddy. It is never ever to lose a dear loved one. You are in my prayers.

Jill said...

So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man your granddadddy was. How wonderful your kids could have their lives touched by him. My kids only got to meet my grandma. All the rest of my grandparents and all of Jeremy's have passed. It breaks my heart to know that they will never truly know how wonderful they all were. Praying for you!