Grandpa Goes

It was with a heavy heart that I said good-bye to my father this afternoon.

Grandpa Arrives!

Grandpa Arrives!

I know I’m not the only one in the house that felt it either.

They all gravitate to him.

They all gravitate to him.

He cleaned dishes, washed and folded clothes, cleaned the house, and spent many hours babysitting the kids for me. He put our families needs in front of his own every single moment of the day.

Jack won't hold my hand anymore!

Jack won’t even hold my hand anymore!

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He connected with each kid at their own level, creating a special relationship with each one of them.IMG_7722

Jack almost didn’t leave for his playdate this morning for fear of missing every last moment of time with Grandpa.DSC_0224

Chess with Ben

Chess with Ben

Ben bought that chessboard with his birthday money specifically for Grandpa’s visit.

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Playing dinosaurs with Sam

Playing dinosaurs with Sam

Aaron took to him the most, following him around like his little minion.DSC_0231 IMG_7749 IMG_7744 DSC_0330 DSC_0202Each night Grandpa told his ‘bloody finger’ stories to the kids. Stories that he made up in his head. I have no idea how he came up with so many different plots! Often I would hear fits of laughter coming from the bedroom at night.

I’m sure I’m forgetting the hundred other ways he helped, like patiently helping Jack with his homework. Or talking to Ben for hours gently, sneakily so Ben wouldn’t be offended, about ways to improve his behavior. (He even based a few ‘bloody finger’ stories on it!)

Such a great, great person. We will miss him dearly.

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