Thursday, March 1, 2012

Saying Goodbye!

I've been a little MIA for a while. I guess that's what life and kids do to you! I've just had a lot on my plate and didn't really feel the need to lay it all out here. Then life hit us again and we lost my grandfather yesterday. He would have been 98 in April. Amazing isn't it? I guess it's in the genes so I'll be living for quite a while, wow! A week ago He had taken a fall and broken his hip. He had surgery and things seemed to go smoothly, until he got pneumonia. My father said that when he took his last breath he looked like a young man. He seemed so peaceful and happy!

It's strange that not too long ago I was worried about GFC and losing all my followers. I was so consumed and worried that I would be forgotten. Funny how none of that seems to matter anymore!

Some of you may remember I went to visit family in January. I am so glad I did. I got to see my grandfather for the last time. Claire came with me so she was able to visit with her great grandfather. I am thrilled that I remembered to take pictures. He enjoyed our visit and was so tickled to meet his newest great grandchild Wyatt. He just beamed when he saw him.









I seem to always be the one behind the camera. Well at least there are pictures then. One of our many Italian family dinners; with of course red wine and lots of it!


A couple of years ago my father and grandfather took a road trip here to Iowa to visit us. The kids really enjoyed having both grandfathers to themselves and not having to share with the cousins.

What a trooper Gramps was when Claire asked if she could paint his nails!






My grandfather was really enjoying Claire's guitar one evening, he was contemplating going on the road with it! Claire said, "No way GG!" She didn't like the idea of him taking her guitar!






Oh such wonderful memories! I'm so glad I took as many pictures so the kids can look back and remember a great man!

We will miss you Gramps! You are now home in Heaven with Grandma. Tell both Grandma and Mom hi for me!

We love you!

22 comments:

Mel said...

Oh Meg, I'm so sorry to hear of your Grandpa's passing.

There is a wonderful reunion going on right now.

Take care of you.

Katydid said...

He looked like a fun grandpa. Sorry for your loss...but heaven's gain! You have cute, cute kiddos!
God bless!

OrangeHeroMama said...

aww. i am so sorry for your loss!

I *wish* i had more pictures of my grama. I miss her so much!

Andrea said...

SO very sorry for your loss:-( Looks like some fantastic memories were made<3
God Bless!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

What a cutie he is! I am so sorry for your loss ... thinking of you ... xoxo

Blessed Serendipity said...

Sending you sympathy, prayers and hugs to you Megan. Sorry about your grandfather. How wonderful that you and your children got to see him before he passed.

blessings,
Danielle

Cynthia Myers said...

My Deepest Sympathies.
What a lovely photo tribute.
The last photo brought tears to my eyes.
XOXO - Cindi

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh I am so sorry, sweetie. Those photos are truly a wonderful memory. Kisses and hugs, my dear

Kate said...

Megan so very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. I love all of the photos that you posted his love beams through each one. Keeping your family in our prayers.

xoxo
Kate

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My Journey With Candida said...

It is so sad when you lose a loved one. I am happy for you that you have some beautiful memories, they are what will get you through the rough days ahead.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

You were blessed with a wonderful man. Your pictures are priceless. He looks to be a fun and very loving gentleman. I"m sorry for your loss but agree that the reunion in heaven must be great.
hugs,
Leslie

Melissa Bolton said...

so sorry to hear about your grandfather - sounds like he was a great man.

Melissa Bo said...

Im so sorry for your loss.
His pictures show a wonderful and fun man.

fsmum said...

Fab pictures and fab memories to have. Like you, I always seem to be the one behind the camera. I can't understand it when people don't take photos of every family occasion and every place they've been to. We have our memories but the photos are something to look at in the future both for us and our descendants!

Kelley said...

I am so sorry you lost your grandfather, but what wonderful memories you have of him. I love the pictures. He looks so happy! I love that he looked peaceful and young when he passed, too. I will be praying for you. I know it is a sad time.

Mary said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Megan. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Mrs. Tuna said...

It looks like he led a full life. You were very blessed. I am sorry for your loss.

Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. What lovely photos and beautiful memories.

Thoughts, love and prayers to you and your family.

covnitkepr1 said...

My wife and I have both lost our parents. We feel your loss.

I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

Becolorful said...

Trying to get caught up here. So sorry I missed this and I am also sorry for your loss. So happy you were able to get home and take these pictures. Priceless aren't they. I lost my grandma at 96 about 4 years ago. Hard to believe she would have been 100 this year. When my mom and I went through a long rough time my grandma was my life saver. Grandparents play such an important roll and I know you will miss him.
hugs,
pam

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