In Memory of My Grandfather
As many of you know, my dearest grandfather went up to Heaven in the Arms of Jesus, Thanksgiving Evening, November 23rd.
First of all, thank you thank you thank you, for the love, prayers, and blessings that I have been showered with for past week. You guys are amazing, and have brought me to tears several times. Especially those Instagram messages- ohmygoodness, you guys are so beautiful with words. I can't even express my gratitude to you all. 💚 The e-mails and messages I've been getting- I'm nearly in tears now. 😢 😙
Today I wanted to share three of the most dearest pictures to my heart of my grandfather and me. Some of you have asked about how close we were, and I wanted to share in this post just how amazing he was and what a wonderful Christian he was:
He was the most dearest, truest, grandfather and he was always so kind and loving. I can't ever remember him saying a harsh word to me, or to my cousins and younger siblings. He was so amazing. The picture above always makes me laugh. What was I doing? I was sticking some kind of toy into my mouth, and right as he leaned over to kiss my chubby cheeks my photographic father snapped this picture. 🙂
This was at pumpkin patch when I was just two or three. You can just see the bond we had together, and it always makes me smile to see this picture. I loved him so much, and it was heartbreaking to see him go. Though I know I'm going to see him someday, I loved him. 💙
This picture I hadn't ever seen before until recently. And I fell in love with it. When my family lived in Kansas all the way up until I was four or five, we used to go to Worlds of Fun, a really cool amusement park in Kansas City with cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, the whole deal. I'm on the left, and my dear, dear, dear cousin Ellie is on the right, and my grandfather is holding both of us. It's an awesome picture, isn't it? And I absolutely love both Ellie and my expressions LOL 😂
So as this isn't one of my usual posts, I hope to be sharing some really cool free-lensed portraits soon. I've been trying that out, and it's super fun!
For an update, the viewing is tomorrow night, and the funeral (along with the burial) is on Friday. Since he was a veteran, he'll be buried in the Dayton Veteran's Cemetery for free, which is really an amazing thing for Veterans.
Thank you all again for your kind words, blessings, prayers, thoughts, sympathy, flowers, messages, e-mails, and everything. I can't say how much gratitude has ever filled my heart before.