Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We love you, Papa

Dearest Papa,

You're home now. You're with your lovely wife of 60-plus years. You're with your Heavenly Father. I can only imagine how peaceful it must be for you now. Your pain, frustration and confusion must surely be gone now.

I'm thankful we were able to see you last week. I'm thankful that you were able to meet your great grandson and spend most of a year getting to know him. I know he won't remember getting to know you, but we'll tell him all about you and his great grandmother. We'll make sure he knows what special people you both were.

I'm so thankful to have so many special memories of you. Some that I am able to touch on a daily basis, like my cedar hope chest. I wonder if you've already begun to craft benches, shelves, tables and such in your new home. Thanks for sharing your beautiful craftmanship with your family and friends.

I have to admit, we're shedding tears here for you. We can't help but think of how much we'll miss you, but I am comforted knowing that any tears you may shed will be ones of happiness.

We love you, Papa.

*John Blakely Giles, Sr. died Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Merideth said...

Oh, Laura- I am so very sorry for your loss. I feel terrible that I had no idea that he had passed away. I am praying for you during this difficult time. Love, Merideth

Anonymous said...

Dear Laura, I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather. I will be praying for you....Love, Nancy

Sarah said...

Laura, I'm so sorry about the loss of your grandfather. Your post is so sweet and special. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

The O'Dells said...

What a special tribute to your papa! Thank you for your prayers today!

The O'Dells said...

Thank you for your sweet note on our blog! Tilly is doing really really well - so evident people have been praying! We are thankful! Much love!

Anonymous said...


I know how difficult it is to lose a dear grandparent. My 96-year-old grandmother passed October 22nd. Although she lived a very long, full life, it is hard for those of us who loved her to let go. Your thoughts about your Papa are beautiful; thanks for sharing them.

In sympathy and with prayer,