In Memory of My Father-in-Law

 Posted by on January 30, 2012  Add comments
Jan 302012

Those of you who read regularly have probably been wondering where I’ve disappeared to. I’m so sad to report that the reason I haven’t been blogging is because my father-in-law, Elmer, who has bravely battled cancer for many years, went into hospice care about two weeks ago. He passed away last night, around 6:00 P.M.

Elmer was a loving and devoted husband,

My Mom and Dad-in-law on their wedding day. You can see why my husband is so handsome!

and a smart, hardworking entrepreneur. He turned a little electric motor business, where he worked all by himself, into a thriving company with three locations, which employed many.

Elmer, working in his first shop.

All of his hard work paid off, and in 1990 he and my mom-in-law built their home in Florida. Fishing in the Gulf was one of his favorite things to do.

Baby Bee, driving the boat in the Gulf with her Grandpa.

He was a great Dad,

My husband’s first birthday.

Elmer’s children. I bet you can pick my husband out without any help from me.

and a wonderful Grandpa.

Bee, posing with a dollhouse her Grandpa made for her 3rd birthday.

All of us, at my stepson Kyle’s wedding. I was pregnant with Cakes.

Cakie’s baptism

Our first trip to Florida after Cakes was born.

(You can read all about this trip to Florida in this post. It was right after I started blogging).

This is the only picture I have of DJ with his Grandpa. I wish now that I had taken more.

One of my favorite memories of Elmer is sitting with him on the linai, eating lunch at his house in Florida. I had just finished helping one of the girls with something, and Elmer said, “You sure are a good Mom to those little girls.” He couldn’t have known how much I needed to hear that at the time, but I’ll always be thankful to him for saying it, because he was the kind of man who didn’t say anything unless he really meant it.

He was a good man, loved and respected by so many. We’re going to miss him very much, but we’re so thankful for the time we had with him, and we’re grateful that he doesn’t have to suffer anymore. He is at peace now, safe in the arms of the Lord.

I owe this man a debt of gratitude, for raising such a good man to be my husband. I’m proud and thankful to be his daughter-in-law.

Goodbye, Dad. I love you. I hope there’s good fishing in heaven. Someday, when we meet again, you can tell me all about it.