Precious Memories

Last night I received news I was not expecting or ready to hear.  But then are we ever ready to receive such news….  My mom called to let me know that she had just found out that her dad (my dear Opa) had passed away from a heart attack yesterday.    It just seems so hard to believe and fathom.  My grandparents were in Florida, so it is going to be a few days before the body returns to Canada and my Oma returns home.  Please pray for all of us.  I can’t type much for all the tears…

Here are some pictures I found of Opa, which I want to share.

2003 Opa holding N.

This was taken June 2004 and we were having a picnic celebrating Opa’s birthday.  Here Opa was reading cards which my girls had made for him.  In the picture is R. and Opa.

My brother’s wedding in 2004, Opa in on the far right.   My brother is in the middle.  🙂
My husband on far left with N.

Opa talking with our fourth baby, second son.
 This was taken during the fall of 2005. 

Here are both my grandparents.
 Opa’s first wife, my Oma, passed away from cancer when I was 16.
He later remarried, and they were so happy together! Anyway, this was taken in 2007. 
Their first visit after our youngest was born!

This was taken last summer. 

He is going to be really missed!  I have great memories of him from when I was growing up and I will treasure these always.  If I could I would type more, but it is hard to see here for the tears.  Praise God for the blessed hope of seeing him again when Jesus comes in the clouds of glory. 

Praying the Lord will be our comfort during this time of sorrow.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words
1 Thess. 4:16-18

For more "Wednesday Walks down memory lane", please visit Lynnette’s blog
Dancing Barefoot on Weather Ground.

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25 thoughts on “Precious Memories

  1. Oh Tanya, I'm so sorry for your loss. News like that is so hard to receive and it sounds like you loved your Opa very much. The pictures reveal his tender heart.

    I'll pray for you today Tanya. Let God embrace and comfort you my friend.
    Love,
    Lynnette

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Rev 21:4 "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

  3. Tanya, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Opa was a beautiful man, it is so clear from the pictures you shared. May you know God's comfort in these days of sorrow. Your friend, Laura

  4. Tanya, I too am so very sorry for the loss of your grandpa. I know it is so hard to say good-bye. But praise God you will see him again in heaven, and get to spend eternity with him.
    Bless you sweet one!
    Linda

  5. May the Lord comfort you and your family and help you to dwell on all the happy memories. You have honored him in your blog post today.

  6. I am so sorry Tanya :(. What special pictures your children have to remember him by.
    Your family will be in our prayers.

  7. Bless you, precious one, with peace in the midst of this storm, and with a strong sense of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit at work in your life as you walk through this trial. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Blessings,

    Lisa

  8. Oh Tanya…I am SO sorry for your loss. You & your family will be in my prayers.

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures. What a blessing that he was able to get to know your little ones. I only have one grandparent still living who was able to meet my boys.

    Julie @ Tales of 2 Ts

  9. I am so sorry for your loss Tanya and I will keep you in my prayers. I enjoyed your pictures very much and I pray they will bring you great comfort as you remember the memories with your dear Opa.

  10. Thank you for sharing with us in your grief. We will hold you up to the Throne, and keep you in our prayers. God Bless.

  11. Please know that he will always be there for you, watching over you, and keeping you and your family safe.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sue

  12. How sad but how nice to know he was able to be an Opa to you and then your children… What a privilege!
    My father never got to that point; but in memorie we call my mother "oma" because he often talked of the days he would be called "opa".
    When ever I would read "opa" on your blog it had a strange ringing in my ear!
    He looked like a great and caring opa!
    It is sooo hard to say goodbye to our loved ones!

  13. I'm so sorry for your loss Tanya! Your Opa sounds and looks like an amazing man, and I'll be praying for you and your family.

    In His arms,
    –Abigail

  14. Thank you all for you kind words. They have been a comfort to me. This has been hard, but I'm so thankful to have had such a wonderful Opa. The memories of him, I will treasure always.

  15. Dear T
    We are lifting you and your family in prayer this evening. It is so hard to believe death is so final on earth, but we know that Christ is the conqueror of death! We pray for His soon return so that we may all be reunited! May ye be comforted this evening.
    Love,
    Nikki and Jeff

  16. Sorry I missed this and truly sorry for your loss! But praise God for salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord! May the Lord comfort you in this time! What wonderful memories of an amazing man!
    I can see him running the streets of gold with my Dad!

    Letisha

  17. Again thank you all for your kind words. They meant so much to me.

    Even now it is hard to think that my dear Opa is gone, but I'm looking forward to Heaven and seeing him again one day.

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