...as long as we remember it."
~L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl
It's been an emotionally exhausing time for my husband's family. The passing of his Uncle Big Time (that was his nickname that we will all remember fondly) was a loss we all felt deeply. As we were at the funeral yesterday morning, his daughters (and others) recalled memories of him that were so true. He was such a kind-hearted, generous, loving man. He had a hearty laugh and personality. Big Time is the perfect nickname for him. He was given it long before I came into the family...so I am not sure exactly *how* he got the name but it was so suiting because it matched his larger-than-life spirit. He was always ready to share his faith, his money, and his time.
Some of the things shared were things I knew about Uncle Big Time...but some, I did not know. The love and tenderness he had toward his wife and daughters was beautiful to hear about. One of his daughters (who is grown, married and with children of her own) is not fond of storms...and she shared that if her dad wasn't sitting *with* her to weather the storm, he would be calling to check on her and make sure she was okay during the storm. I must admit, the tears were flowing yesterday...a lot. It was a beautiful service...Christ-centered and a beautiful memorial to Uncle Big Time.
Knowing that he is with Christ is so comforting. He is more joyful now than he ever was here (even though that is hard to imagine). He will be greatly missed by so many until we get the privilege to see him again. During the viewing service, the family was lined up from before 1pm until after 8pm! So many people were lined up that the family never got a break! And bless the hearts of those who came to pay their respects....they were in line for hours waiting (some outside in line, in the *snow*!). You know that man touched so many lives when people are willing to stand in line for hours to pay their respects to the family!
We are just so thankful for Uncle Big Time and all the memories to remember him by! Thank you for your love and prayers for the family. They are so very appreciated!
"Sharing tales from those we've lost is how we keep from really losing them."
~Mitch Albom, For One More Day
And because I want to remember these things...a couple photos of my boys today (making my heart glad!)...
They planned on playing Cowboys after schooling was done for the day....but then changed their minds and decided to head outside to build a snow fort...
As always, thank-you for coming by and reading as I share from my heart! The sun is shining bright today and making for a cheery heart! It's just what is needed in this house today!