Before we left for Minnesota in March, we did visit it him. He was still up in his wheel chair smiling at times but his speech was incomprehensible. It was good for him to see the kids as well as the kids see him. So even if we had decided to go to a cabin for a few days, Sunday evening we would have been driving back and packing up to head back to Illinois to be with the family. I feel it was the Lord leading us to this decision of going home earlier than we had planned.
Pray with us that God would use us to be an encouragement during this time of difficulty with losing a family member. This will also be the first death and funeral that our kids have experienced.