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#1 of 18 Old 08-13-2008, 11:23 AM - Thread Starter
 
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early this morning. We knew it was coming as he was transferred to hospice about a week ago, and it's better for him now, but it sucks for us left behind.

He and my grandmother were married for almost seventy years and my heart just aches for her. My parents divorced when I was three and my dad raised us, so my grandparents lived with us from when I was three to when I was six and we're so close that my grandmother introduces me as her daughter most of the time.

Poppy is due right around his birthday (she's due 9/20-22ish, his 90th birthday would have been 9/24) and when my mom was pregnant with me, her due date was his birthday as well (although I wasn't born until 10/5) so I know Poppy will have a special connection with him, even though she never got to meet him in person.

I'm so sad my Papaw is gone, but I know he's at peace now. I remember one of the last times I saw him was about three weeks ago and he was in the nursing home and didn't really know who I was. But I walked in his room to pick up my grandmother to take her back home, and I was standing in front of Papaw when he just reached out and put his hands on my belly. I know he wasn't cognizant of what he was doing, but I like to think he was giving Poppy his blessing.

So now we just have a seven hour car ride tomorrow with a return trip on Sunday, so please send me "no-going-into-labor-at-a-funeral" vibes! (Josh is being extra cautious though and programming in all the hospitals we pass into the GPS!)

Papaw and I at my wedding

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So sorry Kati! Sending you and your family loving peaceful thoughts...

AP crunchy homeschooling mama to Henning (1/4/03), Connor (7/1/05) and Elijah (9/21/08) Forever holding my 3 lost little ones in my heart.
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I'm sorry about your Papaw, Kati. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as your prepare for and travel to the funeral. ((((HUGS))))

We are a family of Jesus loving urban-nesters living the granola life in a not-so-crunchy city.  Our kids (DS 8, DS 7, DD 4) are home birthed and educated, and we just found out that a new Little will be added to our roost mid-April '14!

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+ : Poppy stay-put vibes.

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I'm so sorry. Sending your little one more stay-put vibes.

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So sorry to hear this. I'll bbe sending out some stay put poppy vibes.

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sending you peaceful thoughts. how beautiful that your daughter will have such a special connection to someone that obviously means so much to you, though. no labor vibes!
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sorry to hear about the loss!

Please be careful driving and stop when ever your body is telling you to!
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Oh, I'm so sorry you are missing your grandfather. Take care of yourself.
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I am so sorry for your loss...
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I'm very sorry for your loss.

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I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Your story about him was very touching.

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Oh, I'm so sorry, Kati!

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Thank you all mamas for your kind words - we're home now and everything went well as could be expected. Most importantly, Poppy stayed put!

I know she now has her two brothers and her Pap looking at for her - no little girl could ever have better guardians.

kati , wife to josh , mama to j&d (7.31.07) marion (9.18.08), feeder of nanuq and gracie lou
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Oh, Kati, I'm sorry. 70 years? That's pretty cool. I'm glad you made it to his funeral and back without any problems, and I hope it was a healing trip. * Jaime
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I am so sorry for your loss.
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