|(declan's dad, Attila, holding Lucy for the first time)|
It's absolutely gut-wrenching. I think losing a parent at any age is awful, but my husband is 26. It seems unfair. And yet we all know that we were just blessed to know him & be loved by him for as long as we did.
Declan's Dad was a gentleman. He treated women with respect and kindness. He spent many years as the stay-at-home parent and Declan has fond, fond memories of having a lot of quality, one on one time with him. They fostered many children in their home, and he had the chance to show 26 children what a genuine Father's love looks like. He is gentle, slow to speak, quick to listen, and a damn good cook, too.
The lessons he taught my husband will never be forgotten and his amazing legacy of being an amazing daddy and husband is something I get to witness everyday through his son.
I feel blessed to have known him for as long as I did, and to have him as one of my 'parents' for the last 6 years. I feel blessed that he always accepted me with open arms into their family. I feel blessed that he got to love on both my babies, and stare into their sweet, newborn faces within a few days of them being born. I feel blessed that I got to share in the experience of his amazing meals he so much loved cooking for his family. I feel blessed that I'd get to witness heartfelt conversations between him and Declan often. I feel blessed that I get to hold the sweet and genuine compliments he gave me close to my heart.
He will be sorely missed. And that barely scratches the surface.
This is a hard week. I think many facets of life just feel like a big blur right now. It is a big blur. It's hard to function normally when nothing is normal right now. Add in that both my girls are so sick right now (they have classic timing, always), it's just. Overwhelming.
Our family covets your prayers during this time. Prayers for my husband as he walks this walk of grief, his siblings, his sweet momma, his dad's only sister, and the grandbabies. Prayers for healing for the girls, too would be appreciated.
Thanks so much.