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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Grandpa Mills

Today my Grandpa Mills died. I was at my parents house when my Grandma called my dad to tell him the news. It came as a shock but at the same time... it didn't. We knew that with Alzheimer's he could go at any time. I was really sad but at the same time.... not. I love him and will miss him, but it is such a nasty disease that I am glad that he doesn't have to suffer anymore.



I have very mixed emotions right now. Death really makes me think about my life. Am I living life to the fullest? Am I loving and caring for people the way I should? Am I taking all the people in my life that I love for granted?


I am thankful that I know the big picture, that my Grandpa is in a better place and that I will be with him and all of my family again when we die. I am so thankful for a wonderful and loving family that I am a part of. I am thankful that I grew up getting to see my Grandpa Mills often and that I got to know him. I am even more thankful that I went to Arizona so much last year and got to spend time with him before he passed away.  I wrote all about my visits with him here and here.

Melvin Moses Mills
A Teacher
A Pilot
A Cyclist
An Organist 
Passionate about Cars
A Little Brother
A Husband
A Father
A Great Grandfather
My Grandpa


I love you Grandpa. Until we meet again...

8 comments:

Desiree' said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I felt the same way when my granparents died, especially after having alzheimers. They've lived a good, long life and now they're in a better place but it's still hard. I'm glad you were able to visit him so often over the past year. Let me know if you need anything.

Lori said...

This is a nice post about Grandpa, thank you. Love you Grandpa

Kristy said...

I echo your thoughts on this post. I'll miss him, but it is good to know he is happier.

Janet said...

Gary and I are so sorry to hear of your Grandpa passing. I know you loved him very much and will miss him. God bless you and all the family.

Jennica said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandpa, loves!

Rachel said...

Ok so I feel like I have been a little "absent" in the blogging world because I have been so busy, but I promise I still read when I can!
I just want to let you know I'm sorry about your grandpa- Alzheimer's is such a scary disease and it makes death a long and drawn out process. I am so glad we know that we will see our loved ones again. I'll be thinking of you and your family.

Dallas and Kirsten said...

I'm so sorry, Tracy. It's always hard to say goodbye, but it's an amazing comfort to know of Heavenly Father's eternal plan. I love you so much and am thinking of you.

jamie hixon said...

He was a wonderful man. I have been feeling similar to the way that you expressed. Grandma was telling me today that she felt very blessed within this trial. She seams to be taking it all so well.