Well, hunting season is upon us. My husband and his friend just left this morning for a week of elk hunting/camping, so it's just the girls and I. My oldest daughter is turning 10 this Saturday, and it'll be the first time her dad will miss it. Or, maybe not. I got a call today (about an hour ago) from my BIL, telling me that my Father-in-Law passed away today. We talked about the possibility of this happening before he left, because they just moved him into an assisted living place on Friday. My hubby took the girls to see him yesterday--he wasn't doing too well. He said the day before yesterday that he's "suppose to die tomorrow" and mom asked him, why do say that? and he answered "he told me" and she said, "who told you, Jesus?" and he said "uh, huh." Anyway, my husband is one of 5 kids and they are all a close knit family, so they all came down this weekend. I tried calling my husband on his cell to tell him, but he's out of range. Mom said he doesn't have to hurry home, but I know he'll cut his trip short to be here for the rest of the family. So, I guess he'll be home for his DD's birthday and Dad's funeral.
His dad (Glen) was a WWII veteran. He got married and farmed for a living. He had 6 kids, but one was still-born. He had a good but hard life, living on very little money. They always went to church every Sunday and taught Christian values to the kids and they all ended up very respectable adults. He developed late-onset diabetes, suffered a couple strokes and had heart surgeries. About 5 years ago, he had to have both of his legs removed above the knee and was bound to a wheel chair, which was pretty hard on mom, also being in her late 70's. But she didn't want to put him in a "home." Their family is so close that each holiday, all the kids would come stay with them for a couple days, and each year around dad's birthday, even his 3 sisters would drive over (a 7 hr. trip)...they even made it over a few weeks ago!
Anytime someone we know dies, the first thing I think about is, "I wonder if he/she was a Christian?" Well, I am certain that his dad IS, and therefore, although we mourn because he's not with us, we know that we will see him again one day in Heaven. We love you, dad and will miss you.
Didn't mean for this to be so long. I also know that this doesn't even come close to a "respectable tribute" to dad, but wanted you to kindof get a glimpse of him. I am predicting that this week will be pretty full, so I might not get any card projects done. I don't even feel creative at all anyway. Well, gotta go pick up the girls soon and tell them about grandpa. Wish my better half was here.