Monday, December 15, 2008

Grandpa Lemon

On Friday, December 12th, I woke up and had this distinct impression that I needed to go out to my Grandma and Grandpa Lemon's house. My Grandpa has been doing really poorly for about a month, and for the last two days he had not woken up. I knew that my Mom would be there, and thought that maybe I was feeling like I should go so that I could be a support to her. My sister, Anna, and I drove out there as soon as I could get the twins off to preschool. When we got there, Mom and Grandma were back in the bedroom with Grandpa. His breathing looked shallow and labored. He quietly passed away about 15 minutes later while we were in the family room. I am so glad that I listened to that prompting which I know for a fact was the spirit directing me.

I love my Grandpa so much. He was such a great example of gentleness and kindness. Every time that I would see him, he would give me a big hug and tell me how much he loved me and how proud he was of me. I always felt special around my Grandpa. He also had a cute little sense of humor that my cousins and sisters and I were reminiscing about a little while after he died. We sat around his bed waiting for the mortuary to come and laughed about the funny things he used to say to us. I spent the day and evening with my parents, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. We laughed and cried a lot. I am grateful for the opportunity I had of being there when he went "home". I will miss him, and am sad at the loss, but am thankful he is no longer suffering and thankful for the atonement of Jesus Christ which makes it possible for us to see him again some day.


Trina said...

Hi Ang,
It's Trina Anderson, Eric's wife. Eric shared your blog with me after finding Tyler on facebook. Sorry to hear about your Grandpa. That's nice that you were able to be there when he passed.

Schroeders in a nut shell said...

How wonderful it is to have the spirit direct us...and isn't it wonderful when we listen...He knows how much you loved your grandpa and wanted you to have this special experience with him....our families thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time...we love you guys

The Reimers Family said...

Thank you so much for having me come with you! We were so blessed to be able to be there. Love you!

Karen and Matt said...

I'm so glad that you were able to be there! I love Grandpa Lemon too, and I'm glad that we were all able to let him know that. It's sad that he is gone, but it's good that he is so he doesn't have to suffer anymore. Yes thank goodness for the plan of salvation, that we will be able to see him again. Love you Ang,