I consider myself very blessed because, in my lifetime, I have met three of the loveliest men I can ever hope to meet and share part of my life with. These are my dad, my hubby Mark, and my father-in-law, John. They all share similar attributes – they are all very kind, loving and very soft-spoken. I have never ever heard a single cross word from any of them. They all define what a true gentleman is.
Sadly several days ago, my father-in-law passed away from us. It was totally unexpected. At the time it happened, Mark’s mom and her sister were actually with us for a holiday in the US. We learned about the news exactly a day after they arrived. We were all truly shocked as he was doing well and feeling fine before they left. Nonetheless, all of us can still rejoice because we know John to be a true believer in Christ. We know he is right now enjoying the company of his Saviour. While we naturally express sorrow at losing him, we have that blessed assurance that gives us peace in our hearts and mind. We remember him fondly not only as a loving father and father-in-law but certainly as a wonderful and doting grandfather or grandad as William and Sophie call him.
John loved to have us in their lovely house in Norfolk. Since he couldn’t travel us much as he would like to because he underwent a heart operation, he often helped pay for our fare so we can visit him and Margaret in England. It was always a joyous holiday when we visit them. Not only because their house is so delightfully beautiful and with stunning views of the river, too, (sorry the photo above doesn’t do justice as it doesn’t show the river view on the other side) but we always received a heartfelt welcome and they always pulled all the stops to make our vacation a lovely one.
Our family have certainly caught the travel bug as we have travelled many times together. Here we are on top of the world-famous Table Mountain in Capetown, South Africa. As you can see William was still small here and Sophie hasn’t even been born yet. This was taken in November 2007.
Here’s John enjoying some breakfast from the balcony of the hotel we stayed in at Simon’s Town in South Africa. Isn’t that a lovely view? We actually saw a whale right near the beach while we were here.
Psalms 116:15 – Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.