Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Grandpa Mac

Its about time I write about my grandpa. I have the pictures that I want and I have had the chance to celebrate his life and mourn his loss.
I am so grateful that I was able to go home to funeral of my amazing Grandpa, Joseph Glen McAllister. It was great to reminisce with family and honor his life. He was nearly 95 years old when he died and about to celebrate his 70th wedding anniversary. WOW! that means if i want to live up to him i have to live 67 more years and stay married for another 68 1/2 more years (so i guess that would mean i need to live till I am 96)....anyway....
I love my Grandpa. I have such great memories with him. Look at me on grandpa's wood pile...

this is at grandpa's house in Gunlock, UT. that house was the greatest playground a kid could dream of. grandpa had a big back hard and even a river beyond the yard. he had tons of fruit and nut trees and a ditch to play in when they were irrigating. he spoiled us rotten when we went to visit. we had peaches and cream for breakfast and all the popcorn balls and roasted pinenuts we could ever dream of. this is only the beginning of the memories that i have. i will never forget playing cards with gramps- he was such a tease but always had a sweet smile on his face even though he kicked the crap out of you. i loved it when he would tease grandma until she swore at him and threw her cards down. hearing that sweet chuckle is priceless. Grandpa had a twinkle in his eye- yes a real twinkle that cameras cannot capture.

The funeral was very spiritual. i had the chance to share my memories with the family in the family devotional after the viewing. i shared my experience the night he passed away. i had just talked to mom and she said his condition was really bad. i was about to go to bed but was thinking about him so much i started to cry. my husband put his arm around me and i told him that i wanted my baby (who is in the womb) to meet my amazing grandpa. Juan comforted me with the thought that maybe my grandpa is holding our baby right now. i would not doubt it. in his funeral slide show there were many pictures of grandpa holding babies. i cried every time i saw one. i hope all my future children get to meet my grandpa before they come into our lives. it was so great to celebrate his life and know that he is not suffering anymore. he is 25 again and handsome as a devil!

Almost our whole family came together to attend the funeral. Sarah's family and my husband were the only ones who couldn't make it. Its thanks to grandpa that we have the family that we do. His legacy will live on through my kids and many generations. I love you grandpa!!

1 comment:

Isaak and Jackie said...

Amy I am so sorry for your loss, but thanks for that sweet blog about your granpa, he sounded like a stud!