I promised myself that today I would get this post done! No more procrastinating. Last week, my 89 yo grandad passed away after a short battle with colon cancer, so I wasn't up to posting. Do you mind if I tell you a little bit about my Grandad?
Grandad was a quiet, but amazingly talented man who loved and was very proud of his family. I think what I'll always remember about him is how he was always there for us. If something needed to be fixed or built, he fixed it or built it. It seems like he knew how to do everything, and could even do the entire crossword, in pen. He had a beautiful tenor voice and sang in several churches on Sundays and in productions of the Messiah and other oratorios throughout his life. I probably got much of my musical talent from him and it just broke his heart when I became too sick to play the piano anymore.
My dad left us when I was 5, and I feel like my grandfather really filled in the gap. I don't know if I ever told him that. What I am most thankful for, however, is that Grandad received Jesus as his Savior two days before he died. We prayed for his salvation for many, many years and I can't count the number of times I witnessed to him and my grandma, often with tears. So, while I'm sad and will miss him a lot, mostly I'm relieved that his suffering is ended and rejoice that he's in Heaven and I will see him again someday!
Thanks for letting me share about Grandad. He enjoyed seeing my creations and even indulged my addiction by building all my awesome stamp shelves and laying the floor in my stamp room, at age 85, no less. He even signed up for addictedtorubberstamps.com's newsletter to get the latest sales and would buy things off my wish list for my birthday and Christmas. :) I am so blessed to have had such wonderful grandparents who loved me and would have done anything for me. I'll leave you with a photo of me and Grandad together in the summer of 2008 (and Izzy, the chihuahua.)
Copics: R81, R83, R85, R39, G21
Stamps: Impression-Obsession rose
Paper: Melissa Frances, white card stock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette for sponging
Accessories: Martha Stewart punches, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Stickles, pearls, Copic markers, seam binding, Crystal Stickles, sewing machine