As some of you know from Johns Facebook, he recently lost his grandfather.
I could feel his heartbreak through the phone when he called from work to tell me.
He has talked to me about his wonderful "Grand Daddy Charlie" for many years now as well as Grandma Francis.
He was hoping to be able to visit them since we are on this side of the country and unfortunately it did not happen in time.
So off to Indiana we went on a road trip to honor the life of his Grandfather.
Grandma Francis, even though I had not met her till now, has always been the sweetest to me since John and I have been together, I was very much looking forward to meeting her.
I have so much respect for her as a woman and a wife because she has been a loving wife for 64 years and for the last 2 years she visited her husband in a nursing home every day and was at his side till the very end. That is love!
She is so strong and inspiring.
I was also thrilled that she got to meet her great Grand Daughter. It was precious.
Something about children bring life to a sad time, everyone was thankful that we brought them.
The service was sweet and anyone that attended could see that Grand Daddy Charlie was a very loved member of his community.
He was a WW2 veteran and it was very special to see the soldiers honoring him and even more special was the moment when they folded the flag and handed it to Grandma Francis.
I have always wanted to be cremated, but if I did want to be buried, this is such a beautiful place they chose.
Many members of the Sloan family are buried there.
The cutest part was when we were leaving John told Amalia to say "bye" to GDC and she turned and waved goodbye to him, it was precious.
John then took me to Dick Clarks a restaurant that has been around since the beginning of time that is right off the square in Princeton where most of Johns family is from. I have to admit the food was really good!
R.I.P Grand Daddy Charlie, and my prayers are with, and always will be with Grandma Francis.