My father-in-law died today. He had been going down hill for awhile and this weekend when we were away, we got a phone call that he had been admitted into the ICU. On Saturday when I called they said he was getting better so we stayed on our get away. But Sunday night as soon as we were almost home we got a call that he had taken a turn for the worse. We went immediately to the hospital and we could tell right away it wasn't going to be long. We had him brought back home so he could go surrounded by his loved ones. Even his faithful dog was by his bedside. He went very peacefully and all but one out of the six children were there with him.
The reason I am so blessed is because I have such wonderful in-laws. This is my second marriage and I'm still very close to my first in-laws. My father-in-law who just passed loved the fact that my husband was marrying a woman with teenagers. You see my husband was a pretty rebellious teen, and he really wanted him to know what it was like to be a father of young rebels. He was always there for us when we needed him. Two years ago he and my mother-in-law took us all to Italy. That was his last trip. It is something I'll never forget.
So here's a few pictures of him. This is for you Jim. I love you and will miss you immensely.
This is him as a young boy. He was the youngest of 6 children.
Here he is on his wedding day. My mother-in-law and he were high school sweethearts.
Here he is with his 6 children. My husband is the oldest boy.
And at our wedding.
And here he is on our Italy trip. This is one of my favorite pictures of him.
God speed to you on your new journey.