Saturday, January 8, 2011

Grandpa Don

Grandpa Don was a very special man in my life. Today would have been his 78th birthday. Technically, he would be an in law but I claim him as my own. He was a part of my life for 13 years. The first time I ever met him I called him grandpa.

There is not a single person on this planet that I would rather have a debate with. Some nights we would debate things like politics to raising children for hours. He was the only person that I could tell my side and although he may never have "got" me, still walked away laughing.

He was the kind of man that would give the shirt of his back. The kind of man that you knew loved you by the things he did. By the way he spoke to you.

After a long battle with cancer we lost grandpa on October 14th. Its been almost 3 months and some days I forget that he is gone.

He was always the one to go to with questions. He knew everything. If he didn't, he sounded like it. :o) I can remember calling him about so many different things. From directions to dealing with the lawn mower if Brian was working.

If Brian had a question about working on a vehicle or something around the house it didn't take long for him to be here to help. We all looked forward to him showing up.

In April 2010 I decided to do a little photo shoot with Grandpa and Grandma.

Grandpa was very proud of his boat.

A few weeks before Fathers Day last year we stopped for a visit.
Carter was wearing his play cowboy hat. Grandpa loved it!

So we bought him one of his own for Fathers Day.

The kids asked me the other day why God would let someone come into our life just to take them away. I explained that the love and the memories that we have with that person far outweigh what our life would be like if that person was never a part of it.

My life was changed for the better having grandpa a part of it. He will never ever be forgotten. His memories will be with me for the rest of my life.

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