Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Remembering Grandpa ...


This past weekend would have been the weekend that my little family traveled to my hometown to celebrate my Grandpa Don's July 1st birthday. His daughters, sons-in-law, granddaughters and grandsons and their spouses, and great-grandchildren had traveled from near and far every year since he turned 90 to celebrate his life. He would have been 95 years old this year. We lost him, rather unexpectedly, last September ['For My Grandpa' Post] and have missed him every day since.

This year, we thankfully had another reason to gather and celebrate on this very special weekend ... a reason that would have made my Grandpa Don so very happy. This time, though, the focus of the celebration was a sweet, little 4-month old girl. Grandpa Don never had the joy of meeting his youngest great-grandchild - oh, would he have beamed at the sight of her - but, she was baptized on what would have been his birthday weekend. Watching over us from heaven, I'm certain he was thrilled beyond measure.

6 comments:

Hilary said...

That's lovely. I'm sure your grandpa must be smiling down on this little sweetie. My own Dad passed away before any of his grandchildren were born. He was so crazy about kids. I can only imagine how over-the-moon he would have been about the four of them.

Debbie(single;complicated) said...

how wonderful to have a grandfather that left that sort of legacy!!!

MG Higgins said...

What a bitter-sweet story. It's great that your family is close and gathers together.

CC said...

Wonderful tribute! My husband just attended his grandfather's memorial service less than a week ago. He was 101!

Suzanne Casamento said...

That's a great full circle moment. Celebrating grandpa's life with a new one. :)

ladyfi said...

What a lovely way to remember your grandpa - by celebrating a new life!