Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday morning about 10:45, Bekah and I noticed another change in his breathing. We called my mom and told her she better come. About fifteen minutes later he started pausing for several seconds in between breaths. After a few minutes of this I knew the end was very close and I was worried my mom wasn't going to make it. A few seconds later she hurried in the door. She told him to go ahead and just go. I told him we loved him. Seconds later he was gone. It is a very real thing when a spirit leaves a body. All of a sudden it was just a body and not Grandpa. Although we couldn't see the spirit we saw the body as he left and there was a definite change. It was...wow. I was there for the births of my younger brother and sister and this is definitely up there with that on the list of the most spiritual things I have witnessed. We know that he was waiting for my mom to get there before he left also. The timing was so perfect.
Back to real life. We aren't too stressed. Most everything is ready for the funeral which will be Monday. I have been asked to give the life sketch as the oldest "ours" grandchild. Heaven help me get through it. I should be fine. This whole week has helped me prepare. I have actually cried most of my tears watching him suffer through Alzheimer's disease the past year. I am feeling more relief and happiness for him now.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I have also become a member of this Alzheimer's community. It is fun to interact with the other residents. This is a pretty happy place to be considering the situation these people are in. The staff here do their best to keep the residents happy and comfortable. They are doing their best to keep us comfortable as well. I recommend Alta Ridge Assisted Living. Who knows I might even decide to move in here. If Grandpa decides to stick around for a while he and I can be roommates. And he might. The nurse said that his heart and vitals are strong. I am amazed at the capabilities of the human body and it's desire to survive. His heart is going to keep the rest of him alive.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Let me tell you something that you might not know. I have an amazing sister. Actually I four amazing sisters and a spectacular sister-in-law. But I want to focus on one right now.
And that brings us 5 o'clock in the morning standing in line at the Energy Solutions Arena, with the rest of the idol hopefuls, waiting for our turn to register. By 8 am we had our wristbands on and the info we needed for the actual auditions on Tuesday. Since we were already in town and it was Sunday morning we decided to stay for Music and the Spoken Word with the Osmonds, which was a lot of fun. We got seats up on the 10th row. Nine rows behind the prophet.
Now that we had our wristbands all we could do now was wait for the next 48 hours to go by and then we would return once again to the Arena. And that brings us once again to Tuesday. Once again 5 o'clock in the morning waiting. This part of the story is absolutely ridiculous. There is no point in us being there at 5 am. They won't let us in until 8. The judges don't even show up until 9 or 10. And we have a ticket with an assigned seat. The only reason they want us there so early is so they can get their TV shot of the crowds lined up ready to be the next American Idol. So Hannah the "so eager to be on TV person" person that she is promptly steals the pillow I brought and lays down and falls asleep. While everyone around is pining for the camera to come around and interview them. As luck would have it the camera did find us. Fortunately Hannah had woken up by then, or else I would've had all the spotlight. Some guy from one of the other seasons started interviewing me. However since I wasn't the one auditioning I turned the spotlight over to Hannah.
Then it came time to line up. Down on the main floor they set up the judging booths. They took one section at a time and lined them up by fours. By fours they went and stood in front of a judge (these judges were the producers.) and they each got a few seconds to step up and sing and convince the judge that they were the next American Idol. After singing the judges either let you through or not. These judges were pretty harsh. I saw then turn down so many people with talent and very few people got through in the time we were there. Fortunately we were in the third section. So Hannah didn't have to wait all day for her turn. She was ready for this. She looked good and she was prepared. And was incredibly calm. I was probably more nervous and anxious then she was. I watched her line up and head down as confident as ever and then I watched her in front of the judge. (from a distance) Unfortunately this judge did not know a good thing when he saw it. Even right in front of his nose. All well. Hannah got to check one more thing off of her life goals. She is amazing and she will always be my IDOL!!!