I have been through so many emotions. Hurt and pain because he is gone and I will never see his sparkling blue eyes or laugh with him again. And relief and happiness that he is no longer suffering and is rejoicing in heaven with my Aunt Gayle.
He was the strongest and most determined man I have ever met. Last year he had eye surgery and Drew took him so he could drive him home. The Dr's told him to rest for a while after the surgery and then he could go home. The Dr. had no sooner left the room and he had his shirt on and told Drew "Let's go get breakfast at Perkins!"
He was so sweet and caring to me growing up and continued that sweet demeanor with Julianna. They had such a special bond - one that she can still feel. This morning she woke up and asked me how I was doing and said "I can feel Grandpa Tonsi in my heart, he is sitting next to Jesus holding his hand." How completely sweet is that. :)
Last night Drew and I were talking about what a blessing Grandpa was to us and we realized that all of the letters in "Tonsi" are in "Stinson". For some reason, we both took great comfort in that.
We will miss him greatly and we are looking forward to celebrating his life next week and I am glad that I will be able to see my Mom and Tom and Lauren and Cody too.
Rest peacefully Grandpa T. We love you and you will have a special place in our hearts forever.