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A Long and Tough Weekend

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I have had a long weekend. On Friday night my husband’s grandfather passed away. He was 91 years old.

Two weeks ago he fell and broke his hip. I think we all knew he probably would not recover from the fall. After all he was 91 years old, but that did not make the last two weeks easy. He has not been in the best of health, and he has had a tough time this last year.

His wife of 70 years passed away last October, and he was never the same after that. But the last few weeks he has really gone down hill fast. He kind of just gave up on life. He was worn out and ready to die.

I never knew my grandfathers, so for the last fifteen years my husbands grandfather was a grandfather to me. I am so glad I got to know him. For the last year he lived with my in-laws, and my kids were able to get to know him. I am so thankful for the time my children got to spend with him. Not only do my children know both of their grandfathers, but they had the privilege of getting to know a great-grandfather as well.

When someone is 91 it is not totally unexpected when they die. It does not make it easy, but I think you are more prepared for it.

But on Saturday as we were on the way to the funeral home for the viewing of my husband’s grandfather, we found out our neighbor was killed in a car accident. He was 35 years old, with a wife and two kids. He was hit by someone going the wrong way, on a major highway, less than six miles from our house. He was simply on his way home, and he was hit head-on by someone. This could have easily been me or my husband. It was on a road we travel all the time. When someone you know, that is your age dies, it really makes you step back and think. It puts things in perspective.

This weekend my family had a reminder of how fragile life is. You never know when your last breathe will be or what tomorrow will bring. You never know what tomorrow will hold.

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Lynn. Yes, we never know what tomorrow holds and that is why it is so important that we be ready.

  2. Praying for you & your family during this difficult time. Glad y’all were able to have precious memories in your heart & minds.

  3. Alaina @ Three Ladies and a Dad says:

    I am so sorry to hear about this. Please know I will be praying for you and your family.

  4. Schroeder says:

    I am sorry to hear of your loss.

  5. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Life is precious as are the memories that we make. Take care~ Amy

  6. Thoughts and prayers for your family. We’re not promised tomorrow, so we have to live our lives ready no matter what.

  7. I’m sorry for your family’s loss. My prayers are with you and yours.

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss, and for the loss of your neighbor as well. You brought a tear to my eye. We were just watching the movie “Mr. Brooks” last night and that gave me that same feeling of the end could be here anytime. So right you are that life is a gift every day.

  9. Lynn – I’m so sorry to hear about the recent loss you and your family have experienced. I’m looking forward to meeting you in Portland. Just checking out your site which is very impressive. Travel safely.

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