Pay It Forward

Good morning, everyone.  I’m sure some of you have noticed that I was a bit absent in the blog world last week.  I’m woefully behind in responding to comments, and I know I cryptically alluded to being unexpectedly called home last week.  I wanted to pop in quickly today to finally let you know what is going on.

Last Tuesday I got a call that my grandfather was not doing well at all.  I made the 4 1/2 hour journey to the Dallas hospital to be with my family, and I remained in town until Friday when it appeared that he was doing a bit better.  Just a few hours after I published my post on Friday, my stepdad called to let me know he taken a turn for the worse, and, as John and I made the trip back home, I received another call letting me know he had passed away.

So we’ve been spending some much needed time with family this weekend, and we’ll be celebrating my grandfather at his funeral later today.  I wanted to let you all know that I’m still here, and I’ll be back to normal soon.  For now, I need to take the time to say goodbye.

Before I go, I want to share a quick story that lifted my heart so much this weekend.  After hearing the news Friday night, my sister and brother-in-law stopped to grab a quick bite to eat before heading back to my mom’s house.  When they pulled up to the drive-thru window, they were told that the car in front of them had paid for their meal already.  Of course, those people had no idea what Caite and Justin were dealing with.  They just decided to perform an act of kindness, and they will never know how much it has meant to everyone in my family over the weekend.  I definitely plan on paying it forward.


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24 thoughts on “Pay It Forward

  1. Sonja @ The {Happy} Travel Bug

    So sorry to hear about your grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today as you celebrate his life. In honor of him, I will be paying it forward today. :)

  2. Chelsie S

    My heart goes out to your whole family, Nat. I read this post during my lunch break at work, just after I had taken blood from a 10-year-old who is seeing a specialist at our hospital for rapidly progressing blindness. They’re checking for tumour markers — the think he might have a brain tumour. Between that and reading this, I was incredibly reminded to make the most of life. The kindness and goodness in humanity, and humanity in itself, is a beautiful, beautiful thing. We’re fallible, we’re compassionate, we live, we love. And while we will eventually come to pass, we need to always make sure that we’re making the world a better place, not only for ourselves, but for those who will walk the earth with us and after us as well.
    Sending love and hugs. xo

  3. Molly

    I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. To read about this random act of kindness, especially during a time of sadness, it really touches you even more. It’s a nice reminder that there are still truly good people in this world.

  4. Jorie

    Oh Natalie, I am SO sorry to hear about your grandpa. What a lovely photo you included of him. It is so difficult to lose a grandparent and I love how you phrased it: “celebrating his life” at his funeral. My thoughts are with you and your family!

    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      Thank you so much, Jorie. It was a hard day, but it truly was a celebration. A good chunk of the service was leaving the floor open for people to tell stories about him, and it was so comforting to hear just how much he meant to everyone.

  5. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because

    Natalie, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Losing a family member is always difficulty, but I’m glad that you have some good memories of him.

    Also, thank you for sharing the story about Caite and Justin. It really makes you realize what small good deeds can mean :)

    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      Thanks, Alex. When Caite and I finally met up at Mom’s that night, and she told me the story, I was truly humbled and blown away. I think I told her prety immediately that I was going to share the story on the blog because I knew all of you would love to hear it.

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