Today we said goodbye to GG. Hannah and I are still in UT but we were with the family in our hearts and prayers.
He has been Grandpa to me for well over 30 years and GG (short for Great-Grandpa) to Hannah since the day they met! Oh how I love this picture! It was taken the day after we came home from China and was the first day that they met one another. Can you say, ‘Love at first sight?’
I knew before we left on our vacation that it would be a miracle if Grandpa were still with us when we returned. Although he wasn’t able to talk and often slept through our visits, I stopped for a quick chat on my way to work each morning the last week we were home. Last Thursday in the early hours of the morning with his family around him, GG breathed his last. He is now in the arms of Jesus and is whole again!
Grandpa was a man of God and touched the lives of more than we can count. His home was open to all; his heart was open to hear anyone’s concerns and His prayers called you into God’s presence each time he lifted his voice in prayer. He was a special man to all who met him, but most of all to his wonderful wife and 3 amazing daughters! This picture was taken today as they celebrated Grandpa’s life at his memorial service. Oh how he loved his girls!!!
There are so many precious memories of Grandpa! Back in 2009 when he was hospitalized for an extended period of time, he and I spent each evening together. We did some crazy things like bake in the cafeteria and ate more than our fair share of donuts, ice cream sundaes, blueberries and pie together. Precious, precious times – even though I’m sure there were some times that he thought, ‘We’re going to do what??!!!’ He just went with it and we shared so many happy evenings together.
From the moment they met, Hannah and GG were smitten with one another and loved sharing time together! Each Sunday she would gently take his hand and lead him to the lunch table. When asked who was going to say grace, she’d immediately get a big grin on her face and happily shout, ‘GG!’
I wasn’t sure when I would tell Hannah about GG’s death and thought I might wait until we got home from our vacation but I was really teary this morning and didn’t want to concern her. We were snuggled in bed and it seemed the perfect time to share that GG was now in heaven with Jesus. She was sad for a bit and we talked about different things but then she said with a big smile, ‘Mommy, GG will always live in my heart!’ Awe!! Yes baby, he will!
Tonight she told one of her little friends in the car that her GG was now in heaven and that he had a new body that could run and play! GG played the saxophone and when we were at the San Francisco airport last week we saw this display of saxophones so we took a picture for him. He didn’t get to see it but I know he would have liked seeing his baby girl in this pic.
As I was looking back and finding pictures today I found this little video of them playing together. It captures their love and relationship so well!
‘Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvellous deeds.
Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.’
Praying for you Grandma, Nana, Auntie Japhia and Auntie Joy. We love you. xo