It has been a while since I’ve written so before too much time or life events happen I thought I’d write, plus writing is somewhat therapeutic for me.
On Friday, January 26th I was blessed to receive a new member of the family. We welcomed Josh’s new baby girl, Avery into the family. She was born late Friday evening at 9:33 p.m. and in true family form we filled up the waiting room. It is the way we roll! There was Jaiden, Dylan, Bennie, Laura, Mom, Dad, Sherry – Angela’s mom, Shelby, Emily – Angela’s sister and her little girl and myself. David would have been there but he was entertaining his brother, Ricky from Oklahoma and his wife, Amanda.
It was very exciting and her brothers; Jaiden and Dylan were extremely excited to get to meet her, as were we all!
They got to come home Sunday morning! Monday, the 29th Dad asked Mom if she would fix dinner for them, so Mom cooked all day and even went to the store for Mom twice. Mom and Dad took dinner over to them Monday night and got home sometime after 8. Sometime after that Dad went to his computer/office and Mom was watching TV and when it was time for Mom to go to bed, she went to tell Dad goodnight and she could not wake him up.
Mom called me about 10:40 and said she could not wake him up and thought he was gone. No one can ever know how those words will play out and it all seems like it was a bad dream, how could that be? Funny how I thought he would live forever, but I know he is in a much better place and it was like he went to sleep in his office chair. He wasn’t in a hospital bed or hooked up to any machines, so that in itself, is very comforting.
The funeral was Friday, February 2nd and now we are learning a different normal.
Thank you to all the people that came to the visitation and to the funeral. I can’t tell you how much it means to us all. I know Dad loved getting all the attention and that it will not be easy feeling the void that he left behind.
I also want to thank you for all the kind words of comfort and all the cards that I’ve gotten in the mail; it has been truly appreciated!
I do love my family, as did Dad – he was so proud of us all. One of the things that my Grandmother would say to us when it came time to have a reunion was “that everyone would be there except you”. It was a ploy to get us to attend all the family functions, most of the time it worked, none of us wanted to be left out! Who knew she was the one who invented FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out! Dad did not mind one bit using this to get us to be present!
Sunday we went all went to church with Mom and then we went to Monument Inn for lunch. This place has been a longstanding family favorite restaurant! Guess what was on the sign???
“Mon ment Inn – the only thing missing is U”, talk about a God wink!
Do you have to use your camera roll to see what has happened? Well I sure need to; my days are all mixed up. More to come later, this post is long enough.
I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Love to you Rhonda. I didn’t know. Big hugs.
My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. What a lovely tribute you wrote about your dad! You’re right — he would be proud, once again!
I’m so sorry to read of your terrible loss. What a wonderful family you have. I’m glad they bring you comfort.
Love you, sweet Ronda.
Thank you! I love you too!
So sorry for your loss. I’m sure he was so proud of his new great granddaughter!! And there are blessings in that he did not suffer and linger long. Goodbyes are hard no matter what. God Bless You and your family ❤️❤️❤️
You are correct in so many ways. There was one picture of Dad holding Avery and it is very special. He was proud of his newest great granddaughter
I’m so sorry about his passing and I agree that he left in such a peaceful way. I know we have visited/talked since his passing but it breaks my heart to read your post. The one thing that I read that you had not mentioned before was about the sign at The Monument Inn. OMG, he was there with you all; not in body but in spirit 💖
You have such a beautiful family. Hugs and love to you Ronda. g
It was a great lunch and so many great memories there