A Different Spring Break

I was to start my new job, have a friend come in town, and a big to-do list. But...life happens.

I was at my new job for about 2 hours on Tuesday when my husband called me and said that his grandpa (who had gone through emergency quadruple bypass surgery the day before) was not doing well at all. That they had also found a virus around his heart when they did the surgery and his organs were failing.

We both raced home, packed up the car and raced west a couple hours to where he was in the ICU. On the drive, we learned we would not make it in time-he had passed away.

It's been a shock to everyone. He was 73 and had great health before this and his parents had lived to be very old (one is still living in fact).

My husband was very close to his grandpa and they shared a love of fishing, amongst other things.

I actually knew his grandparents before I knew him. So, it's really a great loss for all. He and Gabe's grandma had been married for 53 years-true soulmates and a wonderful example of an amazing marriage. He will be truly missed. He was an amazing man.

Thank you for your kind words and prayers.

Today, I am grateful for having known his grandpa, family, friends and God.



Nanny and Tessy said...

I am so sorry for you and your husbands loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time of grieving.

Bev said...

Rachel - this is beautiful. Thank you for your kind remarks. Grandpa truly left a great legacy through all children and grandchildren and I thank God for that. Love, Grandma Huckaba

Wild About Words said...

Dear Rachel,
Our hearts and prayers go out to you and Gabe and your family. Grandpa sounded like an amazing man, one who was young in age and young at heart. And being married 53 years says a whole lot about the kind of person he was.
We are so sorry for your loss.
The poem you posted was just perfect.
Much love,
Donna and the Gephart Family

Shopping Kharma said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. What an amazing man and 73 years sounds like a great life to me. I am so glad that you are still in remission and hope you remain there. I just hope that I get there one day. All the best to you and your family!

Obsessedwithlife said...

Thanks for the nice comments!