DEATH BELLS ARE RINGING (AGAIN!)

Hey friends, how are you today? How was your weekend? Was it sunny or rainy in your neck of the woods? Did you complete any past due projects? Today is a beautiful day.  The sun is out, although it is a bit chillier than yesterday, but today is a good day.  Over the weekend, we began a project that really (as far as I am concerned) should have taken only one day, because ‘done’ is my motto.  But of course, I’ve shared with you, my husband’s determination for everything he does, to be not just ‘done’ but ‘done well’.  Admittedly, we did add one more thing, which should have taken one more day, but… here we are four days later.  We are putting the ‘finishing’ touches on a bathroom project; we began last year.  Yep!! You read that right! Last year! Anyhoo…

Although I cannot really place all the blame on him, (Mr. Perfectionist); because on Sunday, we received sad news, which kind of slowed us down.  My grandfather, a wonderful man, that I absolutely loved, went home to be with the Lord.  Although I expected this news; although I thought I had prepared myself; I guess I was not as prepared as I probably should have been.  I do need to preface this by letting you know, my grandfather lived to be 95 years old.  Yes… he was certainly up there; do I even want to live to be 95? Thankfully, the Lord kept his sanity intact for all of these 95 years.  To God be the glory.

To help me process this change in my life, I thought I would share with you a little of my grandfather.  He was always a constant in my life.  Very rarely was he absent, when I would come for a visit.  As a little girl, growing up, most of my summers were spent with my grandfather at his very country home.  He didn’t have electricity, when I first started coming to visit.  He didn’t even have running water; oh the trials!!!

Needless to say, at that time I didn’t always like to visit, even though I liked him very much.  Sometimes we would just sit together; there was no need to fill the silence with words.  Somehow, he always knew; but it wasn’t always necessary to talk.  My grandfather always accepted me, in spite of the fact that he had several grandchildren.  I never felt like I needed to be anyone else but me in his presence.  I never had to be as fast as… or as good as… or as brilliant as… It was always okay to be just me; Brenda. 

Even during the times, when he knew why I was sent there, more than likely because of my rebellious teenage years; he was always there; no questions, no judgement.  I loved my grandfather.  And I thank the Lord for the time we had together. The Lord kept him for me, though he was more than ready to go home.   

Thank You Lord, for my ‘Papa Kenny’ one of the few men, in my life at that time, that made me believe that there was hope for men in this world.  

Sorry, I have been absent lately, but I promise to be back soon. Did I also tell you the girls are coming home for Fall Break? I didnt? Well do forgive me… the girls are coming home to Fall Break! Now; you know. Soo… how was your weekend? Do you have good memories of your grandfather?

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  1. He sounded lovely Brenda, how blessed to have such an upright man in your life growing up!
    I too loved my grandad who I called Gramps, he died many years ago but his memory is sweet & brings a smile 😀 ♥
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

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  2. Absent from the body but present with the Lord!
    So sorry for your loss. Even when we know it’s hard to comprehend. A blessing is the assurance that our loved one is with the Lord which is also very encouraging and healing for us. Blessings to you and your family. Elfriede

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  3. So sorry to hear of your loss, Brenda. Even though we may mentally prepare for someone’s passing, it never can prepare us completely for the reality. You are so blessed to have those wonderful memories of your grandfather. I know you will treasure them and him always! My grandparents have all passed on now and my favorite memories were of my paternal grandfather and his wife. I will treasure them both in their own separate ways always. They gave me such wonderful times spent together not doing much of anything except for just being. Praying for you and your family! God Bless!

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  4. The joy of the Lord strengthen you and your family Brenda. Thank you for sharing your Papa Kenny. He sounds like he was such a precious man. My grandfather was a constant in my life as well. He was so very precious to me. I LOVED sitting right up under him; and feeling his body shake with laughter. He was a joyful man. My absolute most favorite thing to hear him say was: “I love you and don’t you forget that.” Blessings to you and our family!

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  5. I’m sorry to hear about your grandpa. People seem to think it’s easier if they were older like he was but there is still a huge void in our lives. I lost my one grandmother at 93 and she was as sharp as anything up until the day she passed. It was still hard, even when people said “well, she had a long life!” She did but it didn’t make losing her any easier.

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  6. I’m so sorry for your loss sweetie. Pops Kenny sounds like he was a very special man and y’all were very blessed.
    I pray God gives you and your family peace and comfort in this time of need. Big hugs💗🙏🏻

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  7. So sorry for your loss, Love the memories you shared of him. No matter how much you feel you prepared for their passing, it still affects you ( I had a similar experience with my grandfather who lived to 96). May the Lord comfort you at this time.

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  8. I am sorry for your loss that is bittersweet. Full of sweet memories, hope because he is with Jesus and you will see him again, yet also sad to lose, temporarily, someone so dear.

    Your daughters are coming home for fall break. Will your husband go shopping with the 3 of you? lol

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    1. 🙂 🙂 That man will run in the opposite direction 🙂 He has even surrounded the car to our firstborn in the hopes that he will not have to drive 🙂 Just thinking about my grandpa puts a smile to my face. He did leave me with many good memories for which I am grateful

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  9. So sorry for your loss! Even if we expect it, it can still be hard. We still grieve. At least you know he is hanging out with Jesus. I pray that the fond memories you have with him will help you through the difficult days ahead. It sounds like he was a wonderful grandfather!

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  10. Condolences on losing your beloved grandfather. I lost my “Pa” in the 90’s and I still miss his wry sense of humor and the funny stories he would tell. He died of a brain tumor and was in a lot of pain before he passed away, so I was almost relieved to let him go.

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  11. My grandfather was a mellow, easy going country man as well. My dad, aunties and uncles begged to differ, but his 23 grandchildren thought all his children were making up stories about how hard a dad he was. I think they just got tired of working the farm life! Grandparents are the absolute best! Thank You Jesus!

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  12. I am going to miss Papa dearly. He was fond of his grand children; I always felt so loved when I went to visit. I saw him on Saturday and got the bad news on Sunday.

    Anyway, another beautifully written piece Brenda.

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  13. Brenda, may our LORD comfort you and your family during this time. All of my grandparents are in heaven now and I was never “ready” for any of them to pass on. However, God always brought comfort, peace, love, and, yes, joy, to each situation right when I needed it most. 🌈❤🙏
    Psalm 139, the whole chapter, is one of my absolute favorites and has healed my heart through many trials in this life.
    I love the memories you shared of your grandfather, especially just sitting with him in silence. Reminds me of my grandpa and I on his farm in Indiana.

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