Saturday, November 20, 2010

Gratitude Challenge Day 20: Time with my grandfather

Welcome back, Gratitude Challenge. How I've missed you.

Things have been a little crazy around here. I'm trying slowly and meagerly to keep a bit of normalcy in the routine, but it's proving to be a bit of a challenge. As you know, we were out of town this week while my grandfather was in the hospital. He was actually in the hospital for five weeks but due to illness with my daughter and myself I wasn't able to make the two-hour drive until this week when we were told that we may be losing him. After a very short stay in hospice we did in fact do just that yesterday.

I'm still processing the entire situation so this post will be brief. But after starting and stopping I knew what I needed to do. I needed to be thankful for the time that we had together. The eyes that followed in conversation. The smile that tried to peek around the corners of his mouth at my daughter. The time that we had as a family sitting quietly in the room or laughing a little bit too loud for others down the hall. It's funny where good memories will sneak in.

Today I'm thankful for the time that we had together. And, I'm thankful for the time that we'll have once again in the future for I know where he is. God is good, all the time!

Rest in peace, Papa.

Lee Roy F.
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather.
WWII Veteran, US Navy
June, 1925 - November, 2010

In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 (NIV)


Heidi... said...

beautiful tribute! so sorry for your loss! praying for you in this time.


Our Village is a Little Different said...

I'm glad you had sometime, even if it was to say goodbye. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Anonymous said...


I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. However, I am thankful that you did get to spend some time with him before he went to be with the Lord.

My father was born in the same year as your grandfather, but on a different month. Therefore, I got a little "teary eyed" and touched when I read the end of your blog post.

Anyway, thank you for following my blog as well as leaving a nice comment. I hope that you will be paying visits to my blog in the future.

Take care dear lady, and know that the Lord is with you during your time of strugles.


-Lady Rose