This post won't be one of my longer posts, but I did want to express my gratitude and tell you just how humbled I am by your kind words and prayers here on my blog and on Twitter. We were able to go see my Grandpa in the nursing home this last weekend, for only about an hour, and we will be seeing him at the official reunion this weekend. I am hopeful he can visit with the family in the comfort of my uncle's house and not the nursing home.
Please still keep praying, as he is not doing much better. I received an email yesterday indicating that doctors have said hospice services need to be contacted and that he has six months tops in terms of his kidney function. After seeing him this weekend, though, I honestly feel that number is being generous. He was in good spirits when we saw him, but his memory is not there, and he is quite weak and ill. In his room he had several pictures of my Grandma, one of them being her senior picture from high school. Several times in the conversation, he asked if we knew who the lady was in that picture and talked about how beautiful she is and how wonderful of a wife she was. She truly was. And I know he misses her, and I have no doubt when it is his time to leave us, he will be reunited with her.
I had a hard time leaving him on Sunday, and when I hugged him, I didn't want to let go. But I am coming to terms with the fact that we all need to. I hope that this weekend gives him joy and happiness where he can spend time surrounded by his entire family and those who love him. But I also hope that he does find the peace he needs.
Thank you all so much for everything - I truly feel blessed to have such an outpouring of support with people I have never met in person. You have touched my heart, and I know your prayers and thoughts help. Thank you!