Monday, December 8, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Grandpa

Sadly, we are spending part of our holidays this year saying goodbye to Grandpa Robert - the children's great grandpa and the man to whom we owe our last name. Grandpa passed away on Friday evening, and tomorrow we'll be saying our goodbyes at his memorial service.

Since Grandpa Robert wasn't my grandpa growing up, I don't have a lifetime full of personal memories to share. I only have the memories of the man I knew from the time that Eric and I started dating. :) He was always quiet, but he always had a smile for me, and usually some little joke to tell. Eric says that he gets his sense of humor from his grandpa, and I won't disagree with that. Dry and always with a mischievous follow-up chuckle. Seems to me that the Robert men think it's funnier when you don't get the joke...then the joke is on you, haha.

No, I can't drum up stories from my childhood...but I can tell you what I will miss the most. I'll miss this:

We have beautiful pictures of grandma and grandpa holding each one of our babies when they were brand new. This is one of my all-time favorite photos of baby Reagan. He looks like a little baby-man, and he is SUCH a Robert baby. 

And here's our little Gracie girl. I only wish I had Evie's pictures on this computer. :)

Unfortunately, there will be no photos likes these with our baby Charlotte. She will never get to know her great grandpa the way our other children have. I think about these kinds of things often - of how very different our families can look through the eyes of our children. Some of the very people that we knew so well and who are such a huge part of our own stories are just that to our children...someone in stories and in photographs.

Life is but a moment - a twinkling of an eye.

So as we prepare to say our goodbyes and share our memories tomorrow in the midst of this holiday season, it is a reminder to soak up as much of the love from family and friends that we can possibly get. It's a reminder to give love to strangers and everyone we meet. If you are going to err...err on the side of love. You will leave nothing to regret.

As we look back at pictures of a full life well spent, today we get to see another picture of a life that has only just begun. It's a Charlotte day, one of the many we have to peek inside and to make sure that she is still happy and healthy in there. I have no concerns thus far, and I'd really like to keep it that way. :) Our baby girl is an active, wiggly baby who had her first hiccups and quite a few good upper-cuts to her mama from the inside this week. I hope that means she is making room to GROW. That's what we want to hear!

There is a season for everything under Heaven. But if you read past that very popular biblical passage, you will find even more truth. 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account. Ecclesiastes 3:11-15



Heather said...

Aww Adrien, I had no idea. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be thinking about you and your family.

Cassie said...

you have a way with words mrs. robert. a true gift.

i love your outlook on everything.

thinking of your family.


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