Thursday, October 25, 2012

Week in Review {365 Project: Week 42}

The past few weeks have been a blur.  I'm late at putting this up and struggling to remember what we did last week. I know this week was spent with Grant's father and ended with him passing away.  Not exactly a week I want to remember, but it is the story of our lives. 

OCTOBER 14th

A visit with Grant's dad, followed by dinner with friends.

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OCTOBER 15th

I volunteered in Lexie's classroom.  She was super excited to get to come home early with me when I left.  I think we spent the rest of the day at home!

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OCTOBER 16th

I picked Lexie up from school, stopped to visit Grant's dad, then took the girls to the library for storytime.  That evening, our friends came over for dinner and to watch the baseball playoffs.

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OCTOBER 17th

The day went something like this:  drove kids to school, visited Grant's dad, picked Lexie up from school, took Lexie to gymnastics, went shopping, took Grant to pick up his car from the repair shop, dropped off rental SUV.  After that,  the kids said a final goodbye to their grandpap. We tried to distract them from the sadness by spending time with our friends. We ended up coming home late.

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OCTOBER 18th

I watched my little buddy, Logan, that morning.  My friend picked Lexie up from school and brought her home, along with lunch for us.  Once everybody left, I went over to visit my parents for the afternoon.  After having dinner with them, we returned home.  It was an eventful night, thanks to my mom sliding down the steps and hurting herself.  My sweet kiddos were upset that she was hurt, and it took a while to get them to bed!

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OCTOBER 19th

We visited Grant's dad while the big kids were at school.  I picked up Lexie, then took her home.  It was beautiful outside, so we headed outdoors for a few hours.  As soon as Dylan got home, he joined us.  That evening, my dad came over to watch the kids so I could go be with Grant and his family.  While there, it was evident that his dad's time was coming to an end.  It was torture watching him struggle to breathe.  They ended up calling hospice, and the hospice nurse suggested we say our goodbyes.  I did just that before leaving. Grant decided to stay overnight to help out with his dad. The entire evening was heart-breaking. 

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OCTOBER 20th

A phone call at 6:14 AM woke me up.  Grant's dad had passed away just a minute before, surrounded by his family.  I made a call, and my sister was at my house within an hour, so I could go be with Grant's family.  There are no words to describe how emotional that day was. Seeing him on that bed, not breathing, was surreal. Within three hours of his passing, their house was filled with family and friends.  It was amazing.  I picked the kids up and brought them to their house so the entire family could be together.  We ended up spending the entire day there, and returned home very late.  It was an emotionally draining day for everybody. 

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15 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures, as always. Your photography will help keep his memory alive forever. What a wonderful gift! (((Hugs))) PS I loved Dylan in Lily's headband!!

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  2. I'm sorry it was such a rough week. I'm glad Grant's dad can be in peace now though. Hopefully peace for the rest of the family will follow soon.

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  3. Stefanie my heart is breaking for you family! I know last week was a tough one for all of you.

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  4. Im so sorry to heard about Grant;s dad :(.

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  6. Oh my I am so sorry for your whole family! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. It is so womderful that you visited your father in law often with the children. Wishing you strength and peace during this time.

    Mama Hen

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  7. so sorry to hear of Grant's dad's passing :( I pray you all find peace and comfort.

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  8. I'm sure you are all still exhausted & emotionally drained. What a blessing that he was surrounded by his family & loved one's as he passed away. I'm sorry for the heartache you have felt lately!

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  9. Oh I am so so sorry about Grant's dad. I can't imagine how hard it is for all of you. Sending lots of love and prayers during this time. xoxo

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  10. I have been thinking about you constantly! Please know you are in my thoughts everyday! xoxo

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  11. My thoughts are with you. It's such a hard and confusing thing to go through. It sounds like you all have a lot of support, thank goodness. Know that in the end the most important thing to him was being with you all.

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  12. I am SO SORRY for your loss. I can't imagine, and will be praying for your family these next few months.

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  13. I'm sorry for your loss. Having been there, I know what it feels like to see that person you love no longer breathing, already missing them so, and trying to feel better they are no longer in pain, but in so much pain yourselves. Big hugs to you all, and cherish those memories
    In time, Grant and his family will cherish the thought that they were able to be there holding on to him as he passed. Not all get the opportunity to hold them as they move to the next big adventure.

    Lots of love,
    Sara

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  14. The pictures are beautiful. I know I am late commenting on this post but I wanted to comment anyway. I am so sorry for your loss. I can tell your family loved him so much. He looks like he was a strong and very sweet man.

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