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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The saddest weekend. The happiest weekend.

It's been exactly one week since my dad unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack.  We are all heartbroken and still trying to recover from the shock of him being gone.

The funeral service was beautiful and so many people came to pay their respects.  It did my heart good to see all the people lined up out the door waiting to speak to us.  That line hanging out the door brought me a small measure of peace. Please continue to pray for my family as we try to find our way without my dad. His stature and personality were large and he his absence leaves a gapping hole in our family.

Even among the sorrow of the weekend, we did have some occasion to celebrate.

Sarah had her regional swim meet on Friday evening.  Her 400 Free relay qualified for states and she was beyond thrilled.
Isn't this cute?  I accidentally took a burst of 65 pictures trying to get a good shot and my phone turned it into animation. 

That's Sarah in the center getting ready to swim her backstroke.

The team heads to Raleigh this weekend for the state championships.

And on Sunday, Peter received his Eagle Scout Award.  It was perfect except for the fact that my dad wasn't there.  Peter gave his mentor pin to my mom.  He was planning on giving it my dad but my mom happily accepted it.

My sweet Peter heading out to his very first Cub Scout meeting in first grade.

My sweet Peter heading out the door to receive his Eagle Scout award.
I was shocked to learn that only 4% of scouts make it to Eagle.  It has been a lot of hard work for him over the last 9 years but he did it and we could not be more proud of this kid!

Peter and Sarah - I know Grandpa is in heaven cheering you guys on.  You were his pride and joy.


Colleen said...

It must be so surreal that life goes on after a loss like that. I hope you all find peace and comfort...prayers!

Diane Teague said...

Praying for your family. It is so hard to lose someone so suddenly because you are not "prepared". (Are you ever?) So glad life gave you some joys during this very difficult time. Continuing in prayer for you.

charlene said...

My deepest sympathies to you and your family in this time of sorrow.

I do want to send congratulations to Peter for his accomplishments on becoming an Eagle Scout. As a Committee Chair for a Troop here in Missouri this is wonderful to see.

Again, prayers to all of you.

Madeline said...

Such a huge achievement for Peter. I am so so sad for you but I am happy you are finding the good in this time of sorrow as well.

Gigi said...

It's hard to believe that life just goes on after such a devastating loss. I'm keeping you all in my prayers. Congrats to both the kids on their achievements!

Ernie said...

I am sure it was so hard to have such important events happening just after your loss. Congrats to Peter on such a big accomplishment, and also to Sarah, how exciting to make it to State! Thinking of you often. Great family photo.

Mari said...

Congratulations to Peter! That is a huge accomplishment, but at times like that you really miss those special people like your Dad. I'm sure Peter knows how proud he was of him.
Love that little animation of Sarah and fellow swimmers!

Michelle said...

Congratulations to Sarah and Peter! And prayers and hugs to all of you as you try to find your new normal.🙏🏻❤️

Suburban Correspondent said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad! I'm just catching up on blog reading tonight, so I just found out. It's such a shock when someone who has always ALWAYS been there is gone. My dad passed on over 5 years ago, and it still doesn't seem real.