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Friday, February 19, 2010

A Great Loss...

Yesterday, I lost my precious grandfather to a very aggressive brain tumor that we didn't even know he had until this past December. NOTHING prepares a person for this. Even though we knew we had only a few months left with him it is still SUCH a shock that he is gone. Thankfully, we went to see him last month, and we had such a great time. I have so many pictures from this visit that I will cherish forever. One of the most special things about him was that even though we aren't blood, he loved us anyway. I was 11 and my brother was five when my parents met. From the first time we met my grandparents, we were theirs. My grandfather enjoyed his new "title" from the get-go. I remember the weekends we would spend with my grandparents, and I always had such a great time with them. Gramps could be very stubborn, but he was mostly sweet and could be goofy with the rest of us. One of my favorite pictures is from my wedding reception. We had a hat set up for people to pay for dances with us, and he paid to dance with MY HUSBAND!

That brings up another thing about my grandfather...that man could dance!!! He taught me some old-school dancing when I was growing up. There was always music and dancing when we went to visit. There was also driving. When I was first learning to drive, he used to let me drive his little pick-up around his back yard. One time, my cousin, Mitchell and I were taking turns driving, and when it was my turn I accidentally backed into the barn. I thought I was in so much trouble! It didn't even phase him. I have so many wonderful memories of my Gramps that I couldn't fit them in just one post. I will miss him so much, but I know that he is in a better place and is no longer suffering. I wish so much that he could have met this new baby that is coming in September. New baby will know about him. I thank God that I have all of the memories and pictures to share with her/him. He was a wonderful man, and I will love him and miss him always.