After Adam's dad died we quickly realized that if a funeral and burial were going to happen, we would have to pay for it. Unfortunately in our circumstance, that just wasn't an option so Adam was wrestling with a few different ideas on how to handle the situation.
As always, God was at work in the background.
Adam's mom and dad (Joe) went to Rest Haven to speak with them about cost and options. Oddly enough, since our family is known so well at that cemetery (scary right?), they offered a highly discounted price which includes cremation and a service. Even with the extremely generous offer... seriously, they discounted it by 70% for the cremation alone... even with that, we just couldn't swing it.
Background = God still working.
On Friday Adam decided to break from all the rhetoric of death and go to his regular AA lunch meeting. Pretty much as soon as Adam sat down, the other men pulled out their checkbooks and started writing. 3 men had given him more than half of what he needed for the basic cost. They also told him that another friend, who was out of town at the time, had more money that was collected on Adam's behalf... just like that, the cost of the funeral was covered.
It really was more than money that these people gave him... they gave him the ability to treat his father with respect and dignity. It truly amazes me how selfless these people can be... maybe it's because it's Adam or maybe it's because none of them are far off from where Pete was. No matter the reason they gave, they did... and because of that, a man can be properly laid to rest. It makes me tear up even still.
All in all, the donations were above what we needed for the funeral so we are going to try to rent out a room at a local restaurant for after the service. Our hope is that family and friends can congregate and mourn together and also to repay the men and women who donated so generously.
I tend to forget that God is always here. He is always watching over us and always has our best interest at heart. This is just one more shining example of his love and power.
In other unrelated news... this is what happens when you get my MIL and I together for a trip to Target.
That would be Chase's new bucket hat (courtesy of Grandma) and Grandma's glasses. Literally so cute I could eat him up!