Farewell, Pa-Paw!

For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishes away (James 4:14).

Pa-Paw with some of his "kids," including Hannah at just a few months old

This weekend, we celebrated the life of my husband’s grandfather as we said farewell to his earthly body and held onto the hope that one day we will see him again in heaven.  Almost two years ago, when his wife of 60 years passed away, Pa-Paw quickly lost his mind, giving in to the dementia that he had been battling for some time.  Since I first met him over 9 years ago, Pa-Paw had been looking for heaven, yearning for the day he would meet his sweet Jesus.  He loved everyone, never meeting a stranger, and he was never “ashamed of the Gospel of Christ” (Romans 1:16-17).  He especially loved his “kids,” which included his own grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all of the children at his church.  He was the one who introduced Jesus to my husband, so I see him as having a major impact on the spiritual life of our own household.  I even lived with him and Ma-Maw for a couple of years myself and loved them both as though they were my own grandparents.  This man was a shining example of how parents and grandparents can truly impact their children and grandchildren for the kingdom of God.

Rest in peace, Pa-Paw!  We love you and thank you for the spiritual legacy you left behind!   

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About themommyfactor

First of all, I am a child of God. I was blessed to come to know Him as my personal Savior when I was just 5 years old! God has blessed me with a wonderful husband, Jamie, who puts up with all of my crazy ideas; a beautiful daughter, Hannah, who is teaching me how to mother in God's grace; a handsome little boy, Ephraim, who keeps us all laughing; and bossy, sweet-natured Harmony, who is never boring! We are enjoying the ups and downs of being parents and look forward to meeting others who are on the same unpredictable journey of parenthood!
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