This is not an easy post because yesterday was a difficult day. My beloved grandpa passed away. That man was a hard-working, creative artist that was persistent, witty, and oh-so lovable. He was our energizer bunny. He kept going and going and...well you get the picture. My gramps didn't have an easy path with his health. He was a cancer survivor, had heart troubles, and Alzheimer's. The dreaded "A" word. Ugh. Such a horrible disease; however, throughout it all he was a family man that loved to love and we sure loved to love him.
Over the years, he would always tell me that, "I was a keeper." He also said that about Aaron. My grandpa was very protective over me but Aaron quickly gained his approval. He loved Aaron and how he was such a grounded, educated family man. When he met Evie and Nora he would sweetly say, "You've got a keepers, Chris." Well grandpa...you are my keeper and I will miss you terribly. I will forever be your Chris, Cricket, and Chrissy. :)
You always inspired me to be creative and too not worry about being perfect. Well, tonight we made this for you grandpa! If you were watching you were probably laughing since I cursed like a sailor when the walls caved in. This was our way to share stories with Evie about you as my little family made a creative, artsy, messy gingerbread house. Gramps, do you think it's a keeper?!? :) I know that little girl in the pic is because you told me so.
I love you to the moon and back... x1,000,000. And I promise, to continue to embrace the values and life lessons you have taught me over the years.
Rest in Peace, grandpa.