Tuesday, November 23, 2010
My favorite thing about my grandpa was that he would make friends everywhere he went. We used to go camping with them occasionally when I was a kid and he would walk around to each campsite and make friends with anyone he could find. He was gentle and loving and everything you could want in a grandpa.
My heart hurts for my grandma. She's a strong woman but I know she's going to miss him a lot. My grandparents were just two peas in a pod. You never saw one without the other. Together they raised seven children, had over 40 grandchildren served two missions for our church and spent their retirement years serving others and being the glue that keeps our big family together.
I love my grandpa and I'm going to miss him a lot. But I know that he has more important work to do in the next life and I'm grateful for peace that knowledge brings. I'm also grateful that I got to see him a few months ago and hug him one last time.
I don't know what the funeral plans are yet but we may be leaving town in a few days. The weather in my hometown is really awful right now, so a lot of our travel plans will depend on that.
For now I'm going to go give my kids some extra love and be extra grateful for my family. Hug the people you love extra tight and tell them how much you love them. Life goes by too fast.