Thank you all so much for the support and prayers, kind comments and thoughtfulness.
When someone goes unexpectedly, as many of you may know…it just all seems so surreal. In this case, especially so because here was a man who in the last few years survived a horrific motorcyle accident, two hip surgeries, and then a battle with cancer!
After all of that, he was due to live to at least 100 and continue on with motorcycle rides, camping with the kids, swimming at the gym with the grandchildren, gardening, and much much more, not die of flu complications shortly after his 66th birthday.
My oldest son and girlfriend were able to make arrangements right away and drive in from St. Louis. My other two and DIL have so many friends that were there with food within hours, and then more food the next day…people just kept pouring in…so we had a tremendous amount of support, and thank you for the prayers that I knew were surrounding us.
We did everything on Saturday. Viewing from 11:00-3:30, service from 3:30 to 4.00. Cremation versus burial but there still was a procession. A good 75-100 motorcycles traveled from one town to another where the wake was to be held ( paid for by a good friend of the family. )
Unfortunately death is not a new thing to the children. For Javis, Aiselyn and Mya, a baby sister in heaven, a close cousin of their mamas; 2 years ago, their beloved great-grandmother just this past summer, and for Brent and Kate? Their other grandfather passed just two months ago.
My DIL took this photo because it was the childrens’ idea to do this. They so loved their Pappy.
There was a large poster board with all of their drawings and thoughts displayed there, and two of them even wrote things out to say when it came time for the family to speak.
When my youngest was sitting in a chair crying ( in our time before the public came ) little Mya, the twin on the far right, just went and sat by him and rubbed his back.
We are all numb. I’ve not done a thing this past week besides eat and drink at my sons house or restaurants….so much support! Food there and an Army buddy gave him $500.00 just for meals out for all of us when needed.
Here is a phone picture that a relative took at the wake of my boys, wife and girlfriend, and then a cousin on the far left.
Even though my DIL took the stitches out on my leg on the 5th, I still have to be careful….some swelling after being on my feet so much at the funeral home and the wake. After this update I probably won’t blog for awhile….my kids and grands are devastated and I am so behind on just daily life between the leg injury and this shocking death that blogging or even the news ( which from a quick glance today is horrible ) is beyond me for awhile.
Again, thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts and comforting comments :)