Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Not goodbye but see you soon......


This time last year we were starting a party that would last over a week. Family had arrived from all over the country to celebrate a very special man. Some called him Kenneth, some called him Granddaddy, some called him Daddy but whatever term of endearment we chose, it was in love. We gathered to celebrate a man of integrity, one that had taught us what would make a marriage last for 60 + years, one who exhibited his faith in Christ in all he did, one who was loyal to family & friends.

Yesterday we gathered to soak in every last minute of that very special life. What a privilege to be there as he slipped from the hands of his devoted wife & loving family right into the arms of Jesus Christ his Savior.
Granddaddy suffered a massive stroke yesterday morning. We spent the day surrounding his bed, sure with a lot of tears but also with many sweet memories & even a little laughter as we recalled a life well lived. 5 1/2 years ago we surrounded his bed as doctors told us he would not live from several cardiac problems & many complications. When he lived longer than they expected, they warned that we would not take home the same man. God used Granddaddy to teach us all about prayer, healing & never giving up on the mighty God we serve. Not only did he go home, he truly lived the next 5 1/2 years. He did all the things he loved to do. He spent his days with my grandmomma, he gardened, he remained involved in his church, he played with great grandchildren...all the things that he loved.

Even in our sadness, we have so much to be thankful for. We will miss this wonderful man so much. Most of all, I am thankful for his faith in Christ & the assurance that we will see him again!

pictures from last year's party:




4 comments:

Heather O'Dell said...

What a sweet tribute! So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post to a wonderful man. My family feels so fortunate to have known him at Skyland, where he truly was loved by all. When he closed his eyes here on earth, he opened them in Heaven. May God hold you and your family very close.
Much love, Brenda Borg

Denise said...

April - That was a beautiful tribute! Sounds like he left this earth surrounded by those he loved dearly, to meet his Heavenly Father who he served greatly!

Thanks for sharing!

Love,

Denise and Rebecca

Sarah said...

Oh April! I'm so sorry, but glad that you have such wonderful memories of your sweet Granddaddy!!