Friday, December 11, 2009

The Gift of Grandparents

In the span of the past 7 weeks, I said goodbye to my sweet grandfather and adorable grandmother (Pock and Nana as we called them). And it's just had me thinking about how blessed I am to have enjoyed those relationships for 29 years.

Pock was named such because when I was a little girl I couldn't say "Pop" and it always came out "Pock." For better or worse, it stuck and all his grandkids called him Pock thereafter since I was the first!

Pock was such a hardworking, strong man...the kind that always made you feel safe. He loved his family and worked all his life to provide for them. My Nana was just as sweet as could be...such a wonderful Christian woman. She didn't have a negative bone in her body and was such a great encourager. We were fortunate to get to see them often when we were growing up and I will never forget just how overjoyed they were every time we came to visit. They really loved us so well!

In the past several years since going off to college, moving out of state and getting married it was harder and harder to make it up to visit them. But this past year I had an overwhelming sense that I needed to go see them and so we did over mother's day weekend. Just a couple of weeks later my Pock's health really started to deteriorate and he was in and out of the hospital for the rest of his life. I'm so grateful God laid it on my heart to go and spend time with them at that particular time. He was the picture of health then and we had such a nice time visiting. I'll always be thankful for those last memories.

Pock passed away 7 weeks ago and his darling bride wasn't far behind him when she passed away this week. God is so good to not have kept them apart for long! My Nana was afflicted with Alzheimers and the past 6 years she was in a steady decline. In some ways we feel like we had to say goodbye to her years ago when we were last able to have conversations with her. It just makes my heart overflow to think that she is in Heaven now, fully restored and able to talk and spend time (eternity!) with my Pock. He must be so thrilled to have the wife of his youth restored!

Grandparents are such a blessing and I know our little girl is going to be so blessed by her 4 wonderful grandparents. (Not to mentioned spoiled beyond belief since she's the first grandchild on both sides!) I wonder what hilarious names she'll saddle them with before too long! :)

1 comment:

  1. Okay - you must do a tear-jerker alert on any posts like this! It's just not appropriate to be crying through an afternoon at work. I am so sorry for your loss - and what a really beautiful tribute to their lives. Isn't that awesome that your grandmother can be assured of full restoration in Heaven with her adoring husband? We are sending prayers to you and your family during this time.