Thursday, July 16, 2009

A day for celebration....

Norman Jacob Hand, Jr.

July 10th for the past 10 years has been a day for celebration in our family. This was the day that my sister wed the man of her dreams! It was a beautiful evening with love, laughter, friends, and close family. Well this year July 10th has brought our family another reason for celebration.....a celebration of life.

On July 10, as a I sat next to my grandpa, he took in his last breath at 9:18 pm, he released it at 9:20 and by 9:22 pm he was in God's hands. The 3 days leading up to this moment were very challenging for my self as well as my mom, grandma, and sister. We were comforted by the face that grandpa was able on July 10th to be at peace. The whole evening we discussed how 10 years ago we were at an amazing wedding. We told grandpa that he was dancing the night away with the love of his life. They spent that night dancing and enjoying all that Abby's wedding had to offer our family. Now 10 years later we were able to enjoy wonderful memories and a peaceful good bye to a man who loved us unconditionally.

Mom and grandma holding grandpa's hand in his final moments....

Grandma and Grandpa spent their high school days in Bently, KS. The where also married in this wonderful town at a very young age. Grandpa had also been handed down the family farm...which is there too. Therefore, many years ago grandma and grandpa chose Bently as their final resting place. From Amarillo to Bently, Ks we all traveled to make the final arrangments for sweet grandpa.

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