Friday, February 26, 2016

Goodbyes are still hard

It doesn't seem that long ago that I wrote a post like this, and I can't tell you how much I hate writing another one.  Goodbyes are never easy.

But today I'm saying goodbye to my Grandpa.  Sidney Ellis was a man that loved his family and his Savior above all things.  He had a heart for the open road and a giant piece of chocolate cake.  He loved the Florida sunshine and riding around in a golf cart with the love of his life of over 60 years.  Grandpa was a businessman, a golfer, a referee, a cross-stitcher, and an intense euchre player.

He loved his kids, and he loved his grandkids.  When we were little and would get together for holiday dinners, he would wait to fill his plate, preferring to sit at the kids table cleaning up after our picky appetites.

He was man of unbelievable faith who instilled a passion for understanding the history and importance of the gospel in me.  And I miss him.  I miss the way he would smile when I walked in the door and he would call out my name.  And I'm going to miss his hugs, because for a girl who isn't a hugger, a warm embrace from my grandpa always made me feel a little better.

Goodbyes are hard, but knowing he is no longer in pain makes it easier.  Knowing that he is exactly where is heart always led him makes it easier.  And knowing that I will one day see him again makes me thankful for his life fully lived and the love he gave me.

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