Todd's dad passed away yesterday morning. We are all so happy for him. He is finally at peace.
However, you always think it is going to be a relief but it isn't really. There is such sadness, of course. A big void. And you can feel it immediately.
Today was Grandparent's Day at the kids' school. I went in place of Todd's mom and as I sat in church with my mom it was all I could do to keep the tears in. Beautiful prayers were said in thanksgiving for wonderful grandparents. Songs were sung back at school thanking the grandparents for their guidance, love, support, fun, wisdom, spoiling, and laughter. Grandparents make such a difference in kids' lives and it made me so grateful for the wonderful grandparents my children have, and have lost.
This weekend will be full of emotion. The wake is on Sunday, which also happens to be Tommy's 1st Communion. The funeral is on Monday, which is also my birthday. Happy and sad. Bitter and sweet. We remind ourselves that at least we know Jerry will now be able to be at these events celebrating with us, and he'll have the best seat in the house.
I guess if I could say anything I would just want to say "thank you" to Jerry. Thank you for being such a faithful, Godly man. Thank you for your warmth, kindness, and gentleness. Thank you for always having a welcoming smile and a hug to give. Thank you for sharing your love of the outdoors, animals, and the cabin with us. Thank you for your commitment to your family and to God. Thank you for modeling what a true man is. Thank you for being the kind of man and father that made Todd want to emulate you. Thank you for laughs. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for all you are and all you gave. You are loved. And you will be missed. But we will see you again.
God bless you, Jerry!
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