Tuesday, January 4, 2011


My blogging friends, I turn to you one more time. With heavy heart we lost our sweet, sweet grandpa earlier today. It was somewhat sudden. Bug visited with him yesterday, and although saw a decline didn't expect that it would be the "last time." We got the dreaded phone call this afternoon at 11:30 saying he had days. So with a few phone calls and schedule rearrangements we planned to say our last goodbyes later this afternoon. It was while Bug called to say we were headed over when we got the news.

I still can't believe it.

I feel qualified now to say that I have watched someone die of a broken heart. If you remember it was our sweet grandma who passed away less than 3 weeks ago. I still have flowers from the funeral scattered in vases around the house. I believe the saddest moment of my life was watching him break down at Grandma's funeral, and then taking the bus back to the nursing home instead of going on with us to the cemetery. And 22 lonely days later, he decided to join her. Bless them both for the reunion they are enjoying right now.

Immediately after meeting Grandpa, I knew I had not only a new loving grandpa in my life, but also a friend. I loved it when we would tease each other. He always had that special knack of making me feel an important part of the conversation.

He worked really hard his whole life. I remember all the countless stories he would tell about growing up in the rural part of the state, going to medical school, missions, raising his children, serving in the church. He knew so much about everything, and still continued to be interested in learning more.

Our last visit was a week ago today. We laughed, 'A' sang Rudolph, and we said some teary goodbyes (although he assured us he would live another 10 years). I had such a heavy heart leaving him that night in the nursing home.

And so, here I sit. Typing on the computer that was once his. Sitting in my project room that was once his office. Earlier today, I could almost see him puttering around the yard like he used to do, planning on what plant or flower he wanted where. Since we now attend grandpa & grandma's old ward, a lady introduced herself to me and then told me how highly she thought of grandpa. The word she used a couple times was classy. Couldn't have come up with a more perfect word.

Grandpa, how grateful your own suffering has come to a quick end. Yet still, you will be greatly missed.



  1. What Beautifully heartbreaking. I've always told Brian that that is how I want to go - one right after another.

    He sounds like a lovely man. Hope you're doing ok. xo

  2. Oops. Meant to delete the "what" at the beginning of that comment.

  3. Oh man. I am so glad that he did not suffer long. What a sweet reunion in heaven. Love you guys.

  4. Tears again...I met both of these sweet people just for moments and could see the all the wonderfulness in them that you describe! So happy that their reunion was so quick and so sorry for your loss! Sending our love your way!

  5. Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear that. How heartbreaking, yet sort of romantic and sweet too. It was fun to see you guys last week. I was sorry I didn't get to talk to you more, but I didn't want to interrupt those boys talking!

  6. I'm all teary reading your touching tribute. How lucky you and your cute kids are for getting to know them so well.