Saturday, December 27

Farewell to a Great Man

Thanksgiving had really mixed emotions for me. My Mom's Dad passed away the Monday before. We all knew that his health was failing over the last few years and this was quite expected, but it was a lot harder for me than I thought it would be.
My Granddad and I were very close. He was the most amazing man I have ever known. He was very intelligent too. I mean, the man could read and write Hebrew. I learned a few things about him that I never knew before. He was in the Navy during WWII. What was really touching was that he had a full Military burial. If you have ever been to one you know what I'm talking about. It is really emotional. I balled, especially when they presented the flag to my Grandmother. It was a beautiful funeral. I think the hardest thing is that my granddad and I shared the same birth date. Ever since I could remember we would have contests to see who could call who first. I know something will be missing this birthday.
The positive side to his passing is that it brought families together. This was the first time in 3 years that my siblings and I were all together. We did miss a few spouses though. Since my brother and kids came from back East all the cousins where able to cause major havoc together in my mom's house. It was quite entertaining. Also, my sister even volunteered to watch our boy's so we could have a night off. THANK YOU CINDY!! Even though we were gone for less than 9 hours it was refreshing.
Here are some pictures of everyone at my Mom's house after the service. We had a good trip, but were very thankful to be home.

The Whole group

Just the 6 Kids

Wyatt and Gavin

My mom thought that it would be fun for the grandkids to help decorate her tree. She was right. As soon as they saw uncle Scott and Uncle Dave setting it up their faces lit up.

Julia, Maddie, Aaron and Adam.


Shauna McDaniel said...

Oh my gosh you have all grown up!!! Do you go in order? I know Cindy and Charlie and you and I think David is in the middle but I am not sure about John and David. Do any of them have blogs? It is so good to see you, tell your mom hi!