Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sad day

My grandpa passed away this morning. We knew it was coming, but it still hit me pretty hard. My grandparents are pretty much my favorite people in the world. My grandpa was funny and kind and he adored my grandma.

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.

7 comments:

~April~ said...

Hugs! I know how you feel! My grandma passed away on saturday night :( It's hard. Hugs again!

Aly said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Grandfather sounds like an amazing man.

Mommy La said...

I am so sorry for you loss

shelly said...

That's a beautiful photo! I'm so sorry for your loss.

Beckest of the BECKS said...

HUGS hun. I am praying for comfort for you all. I have to say that the photo of your grandparents is beautiful. You can just see how much they love each other in it. I am sorry for your loss, but it sure sounds like heaven now has an amazing person! Let me know if I can do anything.

Katie said...

Wendy,

It's your cousin Katie S. I'm so glad I found your blog tonight(I wanted to see your photography because it's my latest interest); this post about Grandpa is wonderful. There are so many cousins across the country with heavy hearts this week. That we all have such individual and fond memories of Grandpa says so much about him and the legacy of love he has left for us. Anyway, I loved reading your tribute and it made me feel supported in my emotions this week. Your children are adorable... my, your boys have grown since I last saw them, and CONGRATS on the adoption! Lots of love.

Wendy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

wendy (bookends)