It has been a really hard week for us. Steve's dad went home to be with the Lord Wednesday night. I don't think I can adequately express the shock we are in right now. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on February 4 and we knew that death was probably inevitable. But we had no idea that it would happen this fast.
Tuesday night he became very ill and was in excruciating pain. Steve and his mom took him to the hospital and it was a downhill slide from there. Steve called me at 4:00 in the morning on Wednesday morning to tell me to come quickly because he didn't think his dad was going to make it. God was good and he DID make it for the whole day. All his children were able to fly in from around the country to be at his side. And many of his grandchildren were able to be there. Everyone was able to talk to him and say the things they wanted to say. We sang to him and read Bible verses and prayed and held his hand and told him how much we loved him. We told him what a good dad and grandfather he had been and how much we were going to miss him. We wanted him to know that everything would be okay and he didn't need to worry. Around 7:30 pm he left his earthly body and went to be with the Lord. We all stood around his bed praying for him as he passed from this life into his eternal life. And there were lots and lots of tears. We will miss him so much. Even though we know where he is now and we know that he is healed, it still hurts.
The past few days have been a blur of friends and food and cards and flowers and lots of family. We are so blessed to be part of a wonderful church family who take such good care of us. They have anticipated anything we might need and already made sure it was taken care of. And our neighbors have been wonderful...bringing meals and helping take care of Rocky. All my sweet teacher friends have been so nice to do anything they could so I wouldn't have to worry about making lesson plans and getting them to school. My principal even called me at home last night to offer her condolences. That was so sweet!
I know the next few weeks and months will be really hard. Steve and his dad were so close. Steve is going to miss him so very much. I hate seeing him so sad. And Steve's mom and dad had been married for 54 years!
How do you adjust to life without someone you have loved for so long? I don't know. But I know God will help us through one day at a time.
I just wanted to share this with y'all. Please keep our family in your prayers. I love you for always being so supportive to me. Thank you all my sweet blogging friends!!
PS-Laura posted a sweet tribute to her Grandaddy here on her blog. I thought it was perfect!