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so very sorry for your loss, Karen. forgiveness is hard, especially when you know it may or may not be accepted, and the apology wont necessarily be reciprocated. thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your heart. there are so many nuggets of truth to be gleaned from this blog entry and lessons to be learned from your example of humbleness and forgiveness. you inspire me so much. i thank God that He allows you the time in your day to post to this blog. He speaks to me through your heart....time and time again. keep letting Him use you, friend. praying for you and your mama and Bev and your extended family as you lay your grandfather to rest.


love the comment "He speaks to me through your heart" posted above. Glad there are some happy memories, also. I so enjoy your blog.

Susan lew

So sorry for your loss.


So sorry for your loss. It's a hard thing to swallow when you realize slowly that you are becoming the adult and those you look up to are leaving too soon. I still struggle with the loss of my Grandmother two years ago. Praying your family finds peace and never forgets the good times.


You are so right that the treasures of photography really matter!!! I am so glad you have these! Your stories about him remind me of the legacy I want to leave. My favorite pic was when he was a little guy with his legs crossed wearing cowboy boots. :)


Forgiveness is often times more of a blessing for the one doing the forgiving than for the one being forgiven. What a gift for you both that you were able to forgive when it mattered most. So sorry for your loss. It's never easy to let our loved ones go. Hold on to and cherish the memories...the good ones, the bad ones and all the ones in between.


I am so sorry for your loss! Your ability to apologize and forgive I have no doubt made him very proud....even if he didn't tell you that.

Judy Webb

Your honesty and way with words always makes me happy even if the subject is sad.So glad to have you back, maybe with kids in school you will share more often.


All the photos are such a reflection. As a long time reader of your blog, I remember several of these photos. I know that going through the photos is a healing and a salve that soothes one's soul. Big hugs to all of you.

Rachelle S

The photos are all lovely~ and you're right; it showcases the importance of taking candid photos for memory keeping. Hugs to you all!


What "taniawillis" said above; just beautiful.

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Your photos painted a wonderful picture. He obviously had a soft spot for babies and young children; probably felt he could show them his vulnerable self, and they could keep his secret.


So sorry to hear this. I've enjoyed seeing him in your pics over the years! Hope you are all doing well and enjoyed this blasted hot Oregon summer!


So sorry for the loss of your grandpa, Karen. I lost my grandpa almost 4 months ago to an aggressive type of lung cancer (he passed within a month of showing signs something wasn't right) It was the first time I've ever experienced someone very close to me passing away and it was so so hard. Still hard. I'm so glad you have all of those photos of him with your kids, I have some of those too (my daughters are 4, and 1) and I cherish them so much. I remember when you did that post about him talking into the mouse...hilarious :) hugs to you and your family.


So very sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing the good memories with all of us. Big Hugs my friend.


Condolences to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. It is great that you have the memories and pictures of him. We loss my mother-in-law a couple of weeks ago on 8/27. She was never the same once she developed dementia. Unfortunately my son never met her. I wish we have one picture of them together. She was a wonderful lady and I know that my husband will have many stories to share with our son. Take care.


A beautiful and moving tribute to your grandpa Karen. Thank you for sharing! xoxo


So sorry for your loss. xoxo

Denise M

So incredibly sorry for your loss! I lost my beautiful mother recently to dementia two days after her 70th birthday. She too was difficult at times (which we now know was because of the disease) and we'd argue and I'd feel horrible and apologize. She lived 1200 miles away and I didn't make it in time to say goodbye. The photos and memories are what get me through those tough days. Sending you lots of love and hugs to you and your family. XoXo


I'm so sorry for your loss.


Ahh Grandpa! Sorry to hear about your loss Kelly! My grandpa passed in 99 and I miss him all the time.
Glad to see you blog again though.

Donna Anderson

Wow! Thank you so much for that. I've been struggling with my father's recent death because he, too, was not an easy man. You really made things a little more clear for me. Thank you!


Nothing for a few weeks and then you hit with a whopper! Brought me to tears - what a wonderful tribute. Sometimes the hardest relationships teach us a great deal about ourselves and others. Wishing you and your family peace while dealing with your loss


I LOVE all these photos you have of your family! I hope they know how lucky they are to have you document everything! I'm sorry about your grandpa!

Rebecca Francis

Wow, this seriously could have been my post about my grandpa dying at the beginning of August. I love him, but he was an onrey old man, which got especially bad as his dimensia really kicked in. But I have some wonderful memories of him when I was a kid. He faced a lot of challenges in his life and I think really stepped up to deal with them as best he could. He died last month after complications from a surgery to have his appendix removed. Thanks for sharing this. It's inspired me to go write down some of my favorite memories with my grandpa.

Alicia Kane

Thanks Karen for sharing the pictures, memories and with your great story telling way.


I'm so sorry for your loss, Karen. Your blog post reminds us all how important it is to take photos of our families.

Lisa Risser

When I am up late and can't seem to sleep because something is bothering me, I often find myself on your blog. There is something very familiar and comforting to me about your photos and your stories. Having lost both my Mom and Dad months apart--I find myself here often. Thank you Karen for sharing your story with us all---and may your Grandpa be free and at peace! Hugs!


a beautifully told account of family. so sorry for your loss, Karen. xoxo


This is a beautiful, honest, selfless tribute... men of your grandfather's generation were definitely a different breed. Mine was much the same... but I don't have near the memories... or the photos.

Nancy Wyatt

I love your honesty, so sorry for your loss. I love your wonderful memories. hugs from conroe, tx

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