The first week of our October was spent quietly at home. Word was that Lorrie's Dad would soon be leaving us, and going home to glory, so while we enjoyed the last of the autumn sunshine, we did so with quiet hearts.
We spent Sunday together as a family at Grandma's house, having a wonderful time of prayer, singing, and sharing together, as well as time to enjoy walks and meals outdoors. During our time of sharing, it was meaningful to hear of the visit of angels or heavenly beings that Grandpa had just prior to his death. As re-told to us by his son-in-law, Rob Schroeder, was with him at the time, Grandpa from his hospital bed looked up and said something along the lines of, "Ohhhh, wow!" Motioning with his hand to the space between him and the ceiling, he alluded to a vision he was seeing that sounded completely heavenly in every way. Rob couldn't see it, but he sure knew Grandpa was seeing something. What a gift that was to Grandpa, and to all of us.
Some gracious friends of Grandma and Grandpa's, opened their home for us to stay in, which was a real blessing.
The family met for a meaningful graveside service prior to the funeral at the church. The grandsons served as pallbearers, and the sight is one I will not soon forget.
Between the internment and the service, the family met at a hotel for a meal. The children did well, all things considered. It was a real blessing to have the extra hands of Auntie's available to help.
I will always remember Grandpa Neufeld as a man of faith. His life was one of prayer and contentment. He always had a joyful word to get everybody smiling, and his tongue was quick to speak of the Lord and speak His word into the lives of everyone around him.
We had to hit the road for home immediately following the service, so as to keep work commitments and do a fast turn around in order to be ready to leave a couple days later for Chloe's wedding. Andrew and Amy accompanied us home. Andrew, to work with Josh, and Amy, to help me. The iPad came in handy to entertain little children on the way home when it was dark in the van. :o)