Kevin's Grandpa Bird passed away on January 20, 2012. It was a very emotional time leading up to his passing as well as the days following. Grandpa was in the hospital several times over the holidays, with complications from his diabetes. He wanted to be home and his health deteriorated over the next weeks. We were able to go and visit him often and Cory had developed a love for him and going to his house. Cory loved to raid Grandpa's candy dishes, and I'll never forget last Halloween when Cory trick-or-treated at Grandpa's house and the two of them sat on the couch watching "The Hulk".
It has been sad trying to explain to Cory that he won't be seeing Grandpa anymore (at least for a long while). Cory has been really sweet through it all though. Cory commented that Grandpa was with Heavenly Father now and that he wasn't sick anymore.
A few hours before Grandpa passed, Cory was able to hold his hand and tell him he loved him and say good-bye. He whispered because he said he didn't want to wake Grandpa up. My heart has been full of appreciation for Grandpa's role in our lives. I am grateful that because of him, we are able to have the family we have today. I'm sad that Cory will not know him better and have time to create more memories with him, but am thankful for my faith in the Lord and my deep belief that families can be together forever.
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