Last week, Wade and I traveled to Mississippi for Granddaddy’s funeral and other arrangements. It was a time of mourning for the entire family as a great man’s life was lost after a seven month battle with cancer. However, it was also a time of rejoicing as we celebrated his peace and comfort in Christ. For Granddaddy, there is no more pain and suffering. His relationship with Christ and acceptance of the gift Christ has presented ALL of us granted Granddaddy eternal life in Heaven. We are all thankful that he is now with the Lord.
During our time in Mississippi, Wade and I enjoyed spending time with his family. We had many good laughs remembering Granddaddy’s humor. Even in his final months and weeks, Granddaddy was still making people laugh. Through his battle with pancreatic cancer, Wade’s mom lived with and cared for him 24/7. In order to guarantee good care at all times, Luanne had a monitor so Granddaddy could call on her at any time throughout the day. Knowing Luanne couldn’t shut off the monitor, one night he decided to have a little fun. In the wee hours of the night, he sang “She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes!” for an entire hour! Though Lu begged him to stop, she kept right on comin’. So it seems only fitting that a song would cause us all laughter during the actual funeral. Yep, the entire family almost lost control of themselves in the middle of a funeral service. As Wade wrapped up his portion of the service, we anticipated the sound of “Amazing Grace.” When the music played, we were caught off guard by Loretta Lynn’s “God’s Country.” If you haven’t heard this song, you MUST listen to the following clip: http://s0.ilike.com/play#Loretta+Lynn:God’s+Country:1173776:m3975757. It is a big ball of fun with an upbeat rhythm of country and gospel sounds! Oh how fitting it was for Granddaddy – as if he’d planned it himself!
Granddaddy will be missed. His kind and giving spirit along with his continuous humor and jokes will be cherished within our hearts. Today, I encourage you to cherish the moments with your loved ones. Time passes so quickly and how sad it would be if we didn’t take advantage of every opporunity we have to love on those we care about most.
And because the one I love isn’t here to strike a pose… here are a few other things that I especially love right now:
CADBURY EGGS: I eat at least one a day.
TENNIS SHOES: My feet are beginning to throb in anything other than these babies.
SUN: I believe I have now seen the sun 4 times in 2 weeks.
Only the 2 times this week have been late in the afternoon for only a couple of hours…….
I am ready for SUMMER!