Wednesday, April 22
Tuesday, April 14
The funeral was beautiful. When you first pull into Fort Logan, you only see the white tombstones for what seems like miles. The land itself has hills and valleys built in, it is so magnificent. As you are driving through, all of the tombstones are perfectly in line with everyone's name and dates, as well as their service. I found one man who had been in World War 1 and 2, Korea, and Vietnam. The way that we honor these men is...I actually don't know the right words...I was in awe of this place. All of these men and women who helped create what we have today.They had us park in a waiting area so that we could get out and talk with family and friends, and then we drove up to the setting. Armed men and women led the coffin in perfect unison to the stand and then stepped outside for the family to move in. The Chaplin read a few lines from the Bible and then had us turn for the gun salute and the bugle playing. Everyone started crying, (I'm crying now just remembering). They then folded the flag and presented it to my Grandmother. Family was able to stand up and say a few words and laugh together and say our goodbye's. It was a beautiful service.
And he was a great man, who left an amazing legacy. Eight children, 22 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. I love you Grampa!
Monday, April 6
I have not blogged here in a bit...We have been hit with some bad news, and then it continued with worse news and now into a stall.
My Grandfather is sick. He was diagnosed with Leukemia and from my understanding, it's a pretty aggressive form. And unfortunately with his age, there is not much of anything that we can do for it. A week ago, they gave him 2 months to a year. We have barely had time to comprehend this when he was rushed to the hospital on Sunday. The doctors did their best, but did not expect him to live the night.
He is currently on a morphine drip and family is flying in to say their goodbyes.
We are happy that he gets to say his goodbye's and that he is not in any pain. He has lead an amazing life, with a wonderful wife, 8 children, over 20 grandchildren, and great-grandchildren still coming! And he is at peace with God and read to go, if that is God's will. His room is filled with love and we know that we will see him soon.
My mom said to me the other day "We don't get to choose when we are born, we don't get to choose when we die, or even how we die. But Grampa is one of the lucky few who will be surrounded by family and love."