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Monday, May 10, 2010

Each day is a gift

After a beautifully full mother's day, we got the terrible phone call that Bill's dad had died last night. Within minutes he was gone. 1926-2010, 83 years. The dash very simply represents a man's lifetime and his faith represents eternity.

I think it is so wonderful that we had the gift of a perfect cool spring Mother's Day. In the McMichael style it started with Sunday school, church, and then a big Sunday supper. Everyone was there... cooking in the kitchen, babies giggling, dogs barking, and a ball game on the TV. Brooke practiced the Alabama fight song on her piccolo as we looked forward to football season and we watched video of the surprise birthday party Connie gave Brian. Just the kind of day G-Daddy loved. Billy McMichael was a big man, full of passion and of faith. He was known and loved by many from the WhistleStop Cafe and from years on the railroad. People would often come into the cafe looking for his homemade coconut cake and banana split pie.

In a sweet breath... Jesus took him home.
"There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven ~a time to be born and a time to go home" Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
Forgive this public outlet... but for those who would want to know the Funeral arrangements are at Jefferson Memorial in Trussville on Hwy 11. Visitation and fellowship is May 12th from 5-7, Funeral May 13th at 2PM with a graveside service following.
Y'all keep this precious family in your prayers.
Sandi & Bill

20 comments:

Mari said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, but happy that we know where he is; happy and in perfect health!
Praying for your family.

Cora said...

Yes...what a blessing it is to know that heaven's arms were open wide honoring his arrival. It makes it all a little easier. Sweet heaven. So sorry that you all will have to deal with the loss of his presence.
Prayers for you....

Lisa said...

Wow, what can I say. I hate to hear about things like this, you and your family will be in my prayers during this time. No doubt in my mind your love embraced him and made him very happy!!

Chef E said...

I am sorry to hear for your loss, and pray for peace during this time...

Palma said...

What a wonderful family photo. Give our love and hugs to Bill

barb cabot said...

He left a great legacy. Your family is an extension of his greatness. Lovely family photo. It's so clear you are a close knit, fun loving and joyfilled family. What a gift that truly is.

Elz said...

Prayers and hugs to your family.

Gail Hecko said...

Sandi, please tell Bill how sorry I am and give him a hug for me. Big Daddy had a great family to love, and he knew he was loved. He was a lucky man....

Sandra said...

Sandi,I am sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love the very nice family photo, the joy and love really shows in the whole family!

Bellini Valli said...

I am so sorry to hear this Sandi. Life is so precious so fill it with those you love.

Pam said...

Sandi - I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending you my prayers and comfort.

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

What an awesome family photo. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless you...

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Sandi. It is a blessing to know he is enjoying heaven now. Keeping you and Bill in my prayers...

Susi said...

So sorry of your loss! Thinking of you!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

So sorry to hear of the passing of your father-in-law! He sounds like he was a wonderful man. How blessed you are to have had him in your lives!

Anastasia said...

sending your family good thoughts.

Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

Sandi -
I'm so sorry for your loss, but am really touched by the way you described the dash. What a lovely photo as well.
Sending prayers your way,
Leah

JyLnC said...

I am so sorry that you lost a dear loved one but I'm glad you have such a wonderful treasure of memories. Take care and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

nanny said...

I have tried to comment for days and blogger......ugh

What a great family photo!
You will treasure it forever.
Thinking of you and your family in this sad time.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Oh, Sandi.....my sympathies and condolances go out to y'all. Your all in my prayers. I pray that you can all take comfort in his graceful exit. God Bless.

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