Thank you for those who were praying for our trip and Grandpa.
We were going to wait until Wednesday morning to leave for MI, figuring 'less' late of an arrival time, but both felt an urgency we couldn't deny, so we packed up mid-day Tuesday and left for MI - arriving at 3a.m. on Wednesday morning to our hotel.
At 11 a.m., we arrived at Grandpa's house and the twins, Xman, and I were introduced to him for the first time. Briaunna sang "Thank You" by Ray Boltz and "Tomorrow Needs Us" for Grandpa. Kairi sang "Jesus Loves Me" for him and Calvin spent some good time with him. Around 4:00 it was apparent he was leaving us, so I ushered the kids out of the home and into the yard to play while the adult children surrounded him. He left us on Wednesday at 4:03pm.
I am so glad we left for MI when we did.
The viewing was on Friday, from 2-9pm, while the funeral was on Saturday at 10. Afterward, there was a lunch at a local Brewery restaurant. This family is SO Italian... lots of food, friends who are considered family, loud conversation, long visits... FAMILY.
Calvin was blessed to get to know his Grandfather for the short time that he did. He has gained 2 Aunts and Uncles as a result and quite a few cousins.
BTW, did I mention Gramps was a strong arm in the Mafia? lol... that stands for another post at a later date.