I have asked myself many times if he knew. Deep down I think he was prepping us. I think God hinted to him that he was going to be leaving us and gave him opportunities with each of the boys so they would have those moments as memories.
During the fall, there were usual things that happened. He took our youngest shopping one day and asked about going to a hockey game. He and our middle went to a movie, just the two of them. He taught our oldest how to use the snowblower on the tractor.
He talked about feeling old: that his shoulder wouldn't heal, his belly button was going to pop out and he was tired.
He stopped being on the building and grounds committee at church and had decided to not do lego robotics next year. He really wanted new carpet in the front room and the bedroom/insulation project done but had our oldest do a lot of it.
A situation he had been helping a friend with was resolved after three years. He was reconnecting with a good friend from a few years ago.
Our finances were finally working out. We had started monthly date nights and time together on Sunday mornings.
Little things here and there tell me that the Holy Spirit was working through us all to give us quality time that we needed.