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Sunday, August 16, 2009


Early this morning, my grandfather "Grampy" went to heaven and is now in the hands of Jesus! Although we are sad to not have him here on earth with us, we know that he is with our Lord singing in a great big choir and we look forward to one day seeing him again in heaven. I am blessed to have so many happy memories of Grampy. Yesterday we were able to spend the day by Grampys side, hold his hand, tell him we loved him, and think about all of the memories we have made with this great guy! These are the hands of Grandy and Grampy after 61 years of marriage! Anytime you would see these two love birds together throughout the years, you knew they were truly and genuinely in love with each other. They have set an incredible example to us all of what a marriage built on a solid foundation should look like. Thank you Grandy and Grampy!
Not many people can say that they lived in the same city as both sets of Grandparents! I have had the honor of being surrounded by all 4 grandparents for most of my life. During my first 8 years of life in Pennsylvania, Grandy and Grampy lived there too. We moved to Dallas where Mimie and Papa lived and just about 1 year later Grandy and Grampy moved down to Texas too. These years have been extra special.
Grampy with me at my graduation from Dallas Baptist University.Celebrating with me at my wedding.

There are many wonderful memories I have of Grampy. This is from one of our annual "Hershey Kiss Hunts" on Easter. Instead of hunting for Easter eggs outside, we would have a Hershey kiss hunt in the living room on Easter with Grampy and Grandy.
A few other special memories:
* Grampy sitting at the head of the table on Thanksgiving carving the turkey
* On Christmas he would put on his Santa hat and pass out the gifts from under the Christmas tree
* His talk of when he was in World War II and all of the missions he flew in his bomber
* He played the violin in the orchestra. After his concerts we always made our way over to Denny's where I would order the kids "fith" meal- that is fish, I was just really young and could never pronounce it right.
* His love for pound Cake with Grandy's famous chocolate icing - he loved this cake. When we would leave their house after having some of this cake on a special occasion, Grandy would always want to send some leftover cake home with us. Grampy was always a little protective of his cake, making sure that Grandy didn't give away all of his special cake.
* Grampy singing in the choir - both at our church in Pennsylvania and here in Texas.
* Us grandkids playing with a few of his odd but intriguing "toys" in his office - a glass cube full of floating pennies, a rubrics cube that I could never figure out, and a copper colored wind up musical figure with an airplane that spun around...if you have seen this in his office you know what I am talking about.

There are many other memories, these are just a few.
Thank you Grampy, for being such a great Grandfather!!!
You are loved and will be missed!!!
P.S. Can't wait to join you one day in that new choir of yours :-)

1 comment:

  1. Tanya & Barrett,

    I am so sorry to hear about your Grampy. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man! So few people are blessed enough to share a lifetime with their grandparents and then on top of that to have such loving grandparents! My heart aches for your grandmother as I know the pain of losing your 'soul mate'. I pray that you all find peace knowing that he is Home now where there is no suffering and that one day, you all we be together again, never to be separated.