Grandpa Diary #79

Dear Kaylee,

It’s been awhile since I have written in your diary.  I was back in Minnesota and Wisconsin to be with my mommy and daddy, your great grandparents. It was really sad, Kaylee, because my mommy died.

Great Grandma Hanson had been sick for a long time and her body finally wore out. She is at peace with Jesus now. No more pain and suffering. Grandpa was with her when she died. I was blessing her like you bless me by putting my hand on her head. I was saying these words…

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; (‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭29‬ ESV) 

…and then she had her last breath.

We are all very sad, but also filled with joy knowing my mommy is fully healed. I sure wish she could have held you like she used to hold your mommy. She would rub your mommy’s back and hug her. My mommy loved to hug. 

My mommy also loved to plant flowers and take care of them, especially irises. Every time I see an iris I think of her. Always have. Because she was in her garden a lot, she had bees fly around her. She wasn’t afraid; she loved bees. She would slowly move toward a bumble bee that landed on a flower and she would pet the soft back of the bee with her finger. She never got stung. I think the bee’s knew my mommy was their friend.

I am so glad you are in my life Kaylee. You fill me with joy just like your mommy filled my mommy with joy. Even when I am sad, I just think about you and am so much better. I held you on my lap when you were napping yesterday. When I looked at your resting face, I knew everything was going to be OK…


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