My familia!

Tuesday, March 25

Sad News

We received a call early this morning from my father-in-law. He and my MIL had gone down to Texas to be with her father who had been admitted to the hospital this last weekend. I'm not sure of the details, but earlier in the week he was feeling great and by Friday, he was coughing blood again.

Brent calls him Grampa Jess. Unfortunately, I have never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I have heard enough stories to know that he was a hard, determined man, who was very much set in his ways. And that he is the most influential person in Brent's life.

Grampa Jess passed away about 11:20 this morning. He had family by his side and passed silently.

Brent is not taking it so well. And he bottles up his feelings so you never really know how he is doing from one moment to the next.

He wanted this summer to take the family down and spend some time in Texas with him. I think he just wanted to show Jess that he turned out to be a good man, with a beautiful family. Not really to prove anything but to have Grampa Jess feel proud of him.

Although I know that Grampa Jess may have passed from his earthly body, he is still with us in spirit and mind. And I know that he is proud of Brent. Somehow, I need to explain this to Brent so that he can get through this.