I am sad to tell you that grandpa passed away early this morning. My husband was able to be at the hospital (with much of the family) and to be there with him.
My 8 year old said it best today "We love you grandpa and we miss you."
I feel blessed to have become a part of his family. I think for most of us, when you get married, you hope that you will like your spouse's family. Well, I have been incredibly lucky. Because not only do I like my husband's family, but I love them all very dearly. They are not my husband's family in my eyes, they are my family. And I was even more blessed in the 2 years we spent living with grannie and grandpa. I got to hear their stories, make lots of memories, and my children (at least the girls) were able to really get to know their great-grandparents. I feel so grateful for that time and hold so many memories in my heart.
We knew grandpa was sick. And we knew he probably wouldn't get better, and even though there was talk of bringing in hospice, this still felt like quite a shock. I don't think we were ready or expecting it. When the phone rang at 1 am though, right away we knew it couldn't be good.
I am thankful that at least he is not suffering. I know he was in a lot of pain at the end and it is nice to think of him pain free. But my heart is still aching, as well as my husband's heart and our girls.
So please, send prayers out for my our family, my husband's family, and for grannie - especially for grannie. She is showing quite the brave face, but she just lost her husband of over 50 years and I have to imagine she is feeling quite a bit of pain inside.