if you follow my blog or read my post on thanksgiving, you know my family went down to vegas to see my gramps who is in the hospital. it was such a great trip and i’m so glad we got to see him and that he is doing well. he totally accepted the Lord! it was really great, and i know that’s pretty much all my dad was worried about. it was cool just to talk with him and just see what’s been going on for these last 8 years.
it was seriously needed because now him and my dad can move forward, and put everything that happened in the past, in the past. you could tell there was a weight lifted off my grampa’s shoulders. and i know my dad got to tell him things that have been on his heart for a while.
aside from visiting the gramps, we (‘rents, brothers, sisterinlaw and nieces and nephew) ate at my most favorite buffet in the world, the world carnival buffet at the rio. if you don’t know me, you don’t know that i eat like a 300 pound man. well, i do, and i wish i was exaggerating. anyway, of course i put it down and was totally shameless. i took pictures of all my plates, so enjoy them.
this was the first time in a LONG time that we all spent a whole weekend together, and it was a true blessing to me. i love hanging out with my family, and to do it together was even better. it totally reminded me that i have the best parents, the best brothers, the best sisterinlaw and the best nieces and nephew. this weekend will def go down in the books.
today was a really great day. kind of bitter/sweet. before my brothers and their families came by i was cleaning my room and my dad called me into the kitchen. he proceeded to tell my mom and i that his dad, whom we haven’t heard from or seen in over 8 years, is alive and in the hospital. we never knew if he was dead or alive, or if he still lived in las vegas.
i was completely blown away because the night before (yesterday) my mom and i were talking about him. he was never a dad to my dad and his siblings, and i think that’s why i have never considered him a grampa-grampa. but my mom just prayed and asked the lord to show us what we had to do. i hate crying, but i couldn’t help it. the rents decided that we would drive down to vegas tomorrow and visit him.
my dad called the hospital to see if he could talk to his father, and when he did my dad totally choked up, which in turn caused me to semi-breakdown again. my gramps was so happy to hear from him, but felt really ashamed at the same time for never keeping in touch with his kids. turns out he was living in a senior home, had an aneurism a while back, and now has an abscess in his stomach. he’s currently in surgical icu, which is a little scary.
since my oldest brother is in town, him and my sister-in-law will be going down with us, along with my other brother and his girlfriend. i’m super nervous to see what is going to happen, but thankful to the lord that we are in contact again. it’s bitter only because it had to happen under these circumstances.
it made me thankful though that i have a dad who has never left me and my brother’s and mom. god is so good and so faithful. obviously he’s not done trying to get my grampa’s attention. if you pray, please pray that the lord would totally soften my grampa’s heart to his word and that we would be prepared for what we are about to face.
the lord has def been showing me that i need to be holy, not for my sake, but because he is holy. if i am to follow a God who created all, and sent his son to die, then yeah, the least i can do is to try and live blameless before him. no more excuses sucker, just gotta do it.
being reprimanded like that hurts, but i love it when it happens.
did my first studio shoot at school. with real models and the whole shebang. my model's prop was a snake, and if you know me, you know i can't look at the things. but my model def worked it, and i hope i did too.