Wednesday, June 4, 2008

In Memory Of...

My grandpa Andersen passed away last night. It is an answer to a prayer, the last few months his health took a nose dive and his body shut down. He was suffering so much that it was merciful of the Lord to finally take his spirit. My dad is such a hero to me, in that, in the last year or so, he would drive up to St. George and do sessions at the Temple with him weekly, which was a small sacrifice to go up during the week when there was business and work to attend to. Then after his health really worsened, he would drive up to Cedar City where my Grandpa was being taken care of by my Aunt Terry, and my dad would help relieve her of night duty occasionally. Through all of this, I saw my father's fierce loyalty and devotion to his ailing dad, helping him in every way he saw possible. It made me realize that dad is this way in all aspects of his life, devoted to family and the Lord's church, he will come to your rescue, help anyone in need, in which I'm sure was passed on from his own parents.

Grandpa Andersen's funeral is this Saturday in Cedar City, UT and I will be traveling WITHOUT Mark, he is attending his best friend's wedding this Saturday in SLC. So, my plans for a low-key, take the kids to Chuck 'E' Cheese and let them play their little hearts out have changed to Road Trip!! I am gearing up the courage to take this short, but long trip, and will try to have a cheerful attitude!

14 comments:

Kara said...

Stacy- I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandpa's passing. If he is anything like your Dad, I'm sure he was a wonderful man and will be missed. I love your Dad and what nice words for you to say about him and the son he is. Best of luck with your drive up to UT and give your Dad and family my best wishes.

Terry Family said...

I'm sorry about your Grandpa, Stacy. It sounds like he was a great person, just like the rest of your family.

Chris & Chrissy said...

I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. I hope your trip goes smoothly for you.

Danielle said...

Stacy, so sorry for your loss. May you have the spirit with you and you will be comforted at this time.

Baker Bunch said...

Stace, we are sorry for your loss. We'll pray for you! Have a good trip and drive safe!
Love Ya

Chris & Lynette said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandpa. Thank goodness for the Gospel. Have a safe trip!

Dani said...

I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with your family. I'm hope that you can find a way to remember him and celebrate him in your heart.

Erin said...

I am sorry. My grandpa passed along last year. It too was an answer to prayers, but no less heartbreaking.

Good luck on your road trip. I will pray for your kids to be perfect!

The Fleming Family said...

I am sorry for your loss. It is always SO hard to lose someone so dear to you. I dont know how people do it that dont know where their loved ones are or why or what they are doing. We are so blessed. Drive safe this weekend.
-Danielle

Allred Family said...

Sorry to hear about your Grandpa, Sounds like it was a blessing in a way. Good luck driving up to utah this weekend, your kids will do great!!! Mine are always better when I am alone driving....I think they know they have to be good :)

Todd & Rakel Gardner said...

Your dad is so wonderful, that is truly what honoring your parents is all about.

Hawley Family said...

OOOHHH...so sad!! I am so sorry for your loss...but it sounds like it was time right? Well...his time anyways. I am sure the funeral will be beautiful...we will keep you and your family in our prayers. Tears for you!

Angie said...

It sounds like he was a great man who leaves behind exceptional children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I imagine he is pleased with that.

Christene said...

What a special thing to see your Dad's awesome example of caring for a parent in need. That must be a precious thing. Hope your trip went well!