You may have noticed that a few changes took place on the blog over the weekend. I’m in the process of transferring everything over from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress account. I’d planned to have it all finished by the end of the long weekend, but some unexpected events changed that.
Over the weekend, my grandfather passed away. He was surrounded by family and loved ones right until the end. Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but after going through all of my photos last night looking for ones we can use for a slideshow at the funeral, I realized that he really did have a wonderful life.
He had a big family with four generations who all loved him so much. We were all lucky enough to be together to celebrate his 89th birthday together last August.
He was a WWII veteran who rarely talked about what he saw overseas. We took him to a local military museum a couple of years ago to show him what they had displayed and he shared his stories with us. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always called him on Remembrance Day and thanked him for all that he did for our country.
He had a pack of great grandkids (and grand dogs) who all thought the world of him.
I know that Whiskey will miss being perched on his lap for every holiday he spent at our home. I think they got along so well because he reminded him of his own dogs from years ago.
My heart aches thinking about how hard it will be to not have him there for all the special occasions. He may have been quiet and kept to himself amid all the holiday madness that whirled around our home, but he was always there….usually with a piece of mom’s gingerbread in his hand.
I think of my father and how hard it must be for him to let go. It’s never easy to say goodbye, but at least we have so many great memories shared with him.
I’ll be stepping away from the blog for the next few days to be with my family. There are still a few hiccups with the blog transfer, but please bare with me while I work out the kinks. Thank you.