I'm back. Back to blogging. I took a hiatus but I am here. I missed you.
This photo was taken on a trip to visit my parents with my children. This was the last time they saw their one and only beloved Grandpa. It was a wonderful visit with beautiful memories. I feel so lucky that we had this time together. And that I took photos so that when they are older we can share the stories.
My Dad treasured his grandchildren. In that way that you always hope that your parents will love your children. He had a special bond with each of them.
Above is Olivia, his youngest grandchild. Olivia embodies all that was wonderful about my Dad. She is kind, patient, loving, funny, smart and has something so special about her that you can't quite put your finger on it. My Dad had a bond with her that was indescribable. They simply knew each other. She loved him from day one. I feel as though she is in my life because I was going to lose my Dad. She is my connection to him.
As hard as it has been to lose my Dad, one thought I had while we spent days at the hospital was "thank goodness it is happening to my Dad and not his grandchildren." He wouldn't have been able to handle that. As strong as he was. He loved his grandchildren so much.
We miss you, Dad.