Tender Mercy 16 – A Great Man

So today was a roller coaster of a day. Your ups and downs, your highs and lows, good and bad. But all in one day.

I woke up this morning a little before 9 (I know, I’m a bum). I relaxed in the morning, wrapped a few more presents, and put my laundry away.

I then got ready for the day and much to my surprise my dad was home early.

I was able to have lunch and then came the good.

  • Appleone was able to get me an interview for MES which is Medical Eye Service. So they help cover the costs of eye services. Anyway, the place was pretty close – about 15 minutes away. So I drove out to the interview and I was there for about 35 minutes. I met with 2 people who interviewed me. The one thing I don’t like about interviews is that sometimes they have so many questions and they ask the same questions in different ways. So I am sitting there on the spot trying to figure out a different experience for the EXACT same question haha. Needless to say, I tried my best – but one of the questions I literally COULD NOT get through ahahah! Anyway, we will see what happens with that crazy interview that I may or may not have bombed hahaha!

After the interview I came home and much to my surprise my dad decided he wanted to try a painting. So I was out in the garage with him while he painted a landscape painting. Or well, attempted. It was a tricky one! haha. I haven’t done those because I know how hard they are. I am good at things that aren’t real haha!

Well, then came the bad.

As soon as my dad finished his painting, we started cleaning up and my dad gets a phone call from his sister telling him that his dad just passed away. I am still not exactly sure how it happened yet. I know that they had lunch and then my grandma and grandpa went to take a nap. I guess my grandpa was a bit antsy or anxious and shakey. Anyway, needless to say as soon as my dad got off the phone he packed a bag. I cleaned up the paints for my dad so he could focus on getting his stuff together. I could tell my dad was in shock. We were told he would have about 6 months … but it turned out to be a few weeks. So it came as a bit of a surprise, even though we knew his time was limited. My dad immediately drove down tonight. They live about 1 hour away – 1.5 hours if there is traffic.

My grandpa was a wonderful man. Stubborn, and strong willed, but silly and childlike, strong, loving, spiritual and Christ-Like, hardworking, and intelligent. He not only served his country, but he served his friends and family. He raised amazing children, married a wonderful woman, and was an example to all who ever met him.

He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for our family.

I’m sad he won’t be here for my wedding (whenever that will be), or be able to see my firstborn (like he was there for all my siblings weddings and able to see their kids), but I will say this …


There is life after this. I know that when we die we go to a place where spirits reside until Christ comes again. I know that we will all be judged, and then placed accordingly. I know that we can be together again as a family in Heaven. I know that I will be able to see my grandpa again and that one day he will be able to meet my husband and my children.

I am grateful for my family and for the wonderful times we have had, and will continue to have. I am grateful for a family that is close, and one that shows love and support to one another.

I know there are things I wish I could have told my grandpa before he passed away, or things I wish I could have emphasized more to him, but I know that one day I will be able to say all the things I want to when I see him again.

Here is a short clip and an explanation of some things that we believe as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It’s a video about life after death. Feel free to click on the link to watch it.

God is real.

We are His children.

I know that my grandpa is in a wonderful place, pain free and with other people that He loves.

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