Sunday, December 13, 2009

My Grandy

My life changed this weekend. My Grandy went to be with Jesus on Friday, December 11 at 10:30 pm. My life will never be the same without him in it. He was an incredible man who loved the Lord and adored his family. He was precious. My mom describes her daddy as generous. He was generous with his time, his money, with everything. I think that really sums him up. I don’t think I will ever know a more generous person.

He was born in 1919 and he and my grandmother were married for almost 66 years. He spent his entire marriage putting her first. He had a passion for children and orphans. He worked for the Baptist General Convention in the Department of Child Care. He made sure that Oklahoma Baptist children were taken care of.

I have always felt that our adoption is a great fit for our family, because of his great work for the betterment of the lives of children and orphans. I wanted so desperately to be able to tell him he was a great-grandfather. I wanted to see him play with our daughter and see the huge smile on his face as he held her. He had a great laugh and I wanted to hear him laugh with delight as she entertained him. Unfortunately, these things will never happen.

He spent six days lying in his nursing home bed, slowly dying. We knew it was going to happen. He had a stroke on Sunday and they were unable to give him any food or water after Monday morning. He slept most of the week, but would open his eyes on occasion. During one of those moments, when I was all alone with him, I told him of his great-granddaughter in Ethiopia. I told him that we didn’t know who she was yet, but that he was a great-grandfather already.

My Grandy’s legacy will live on. He has impacted the lives of thousands of people and those people will carry on his legacy, his work, his love, his generosity and his patience. He made the world a better place. All you have to do is ask any of the people whose life he made better. They will tell you stories of Judson Cook and how their life wouldn’t be the same without him.

As sad as I am, this is a happy day. He is celebrating in Heaven with his family. He was the last of nine brothers and sisters to pass away. His father died when he was nine years old. The family is finally back together. When I told this to one of my 16 year old students she said, “So, it’s beautiful.” She said it perfectly. It is BEAUTIFUL.

My uncle wrote the obituary, which is very personal and highlights his life and work. I would love for everyone to read it and learn more about the work of my Grandy. Click here to read his obituary.

My Grandy hugging me at my wedding 6.5 years ago.

Another picture from my wedding, which I just love.


Rebecca said...

I am so truly sorry for your loss. My grandmother passed away this year. She was almost 89.

We are so fortunate to be blessed with wonderful grandparents who are not only our mentors but our friends and our inspirations. We are blessed to have had them in our lives for so long.

I know that he is watching over your little girl and smiling down on you. My thoughts are with you and your family.

paige said...

Aw honey

I am so sorry for your loss. Your grandy sounds like a special guy...

Jackie said...

so sorry to hear about your grandfather. we are praying for you and your family.

Heidi and Mark said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandfather. It sounds like he was a very special man and I am so sorry for your loss.

Tracy said...

What a handsome and lovely man.

I have tears rolling down my cheeks just reading your post about Grandy.

Praise the Lord that he is in Heaven!

Mark and Heidi said...

Happy 11 month anniversary...uh, maybe not. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and hoping you see you your baby girl's face very soon - wouldn't that be an amazing Christmas gift! Things started getting harder for me around 11 months so I hope the holidays are keeping you busy and distracted and that you are finding ways to stay at peace during this long wait :)

Merry Christmas!

Jon Cook said...

Your Grandy would be very proud of you, as is your Uncle Jon!!

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