so this is going to be fast...i don't have alot of time right now. yesterday (tuesday) at about 11 am-ish i got a call from derek's mom. she was calling to tell us that derek's grandpa was being taken to the hospital...they thought he'd suffered from a stroke, and things were not looking good. derek was at work, but he left the instant he found out. we were on the road to salt lake at 12:15pm. (thank you, thank you!) it's fabulous having older girls who can basically pack themselves. we kept getting updates about every hour on ray's condition. what actually happened was on monday he fell, hit his head, and his brain started to bleed. the docs couldn't get the bleeding to stop, so they made ray as comfortable as possible until his heart finally stopped beating. it was REALLY important to derek that he get to say goodbye to is grandpa. they have always been so close. we got to the hospital at 2am, and ray passed away at 2:45 am. i'm so greatful for the gospel and the knowledge i have that families can be together forever. these times are hard, but there is also peace in death....especially when the person who dies is righteous. on father's day derek called his grandpa. ray has suffered from 2 other strokes, and they made his speach hard to understand sometimes, but he was talking so well that day. he told derek he knew that out of everyone derek would call him that day. we're so lucky for all the good examples we've had in our lives. between derek and i we only have my grandpa and his grandma who are still alive. i'm determined that my children will have a close bond with all of their grandparents.
on another note....we had planned to go to st. george the 13th of july to visit family, and be in town when kristina has her baby. i didn't think driving 1200 miles 4 times in one month would be that hard. boy was i wrong....being 30 weeks pregnant made the trip alot harder for me. so now the plan is that derek will stay until the funeral is over, and then fly home. the girls and i are staying in utah until derek flies back on the 13th of july and we drive home the next week. i totally planned on being in omaha for the whole summer, with the exception of 1 week. but, now it's looking like i'll be in utah for a month!!!