Grandpa passed away in February of the same year. I haven't said much about it. I've thought through everything very slowly and in pieces.
My extended family has a beautiful sense of harmony. I've never met anyone with the humor we share or the memories we've created- even though we see each other sometimes less than annually. We are spread out through Canada, down into Vermont, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia... yet each time we meet we still manage to pick up right where we left off.
Dad & his brothers & sister grew up in the same house Grammie & Grampa left- full of memories. We spent Christmases and summers there, making our own.
Ben and I packed up the kids and drove up with my parents to a family member's camp, where we spent 3 days revisiting the places I loved as a child.
Eli on Grammie & Grampa's porch.
Si on the porch.
Rowen meeting Uncle David.
Si @ the burial.
Jordi's @ Grammie & Grampa's house.
Eating @ P&H, the #3 truck stop in the States, and the home of Grammie's famous Reese pie.
Napping in the cabin.
NOT napping in the cabin!
...and the front.
Groton, VT-where Dad grew up.
The church Dad grew up at, and we attended on vacations.
Ricker's pond- where Dad swam as a kid, and we did the same:)
Our swimming hole.
Dad & the boys hunting for moose antlers.
A HUGE shoutout to Ben, who drove me around in the rain to take pictures of all the places I remembered, AND who got me inside of the old church for a walk through. AND who spent $20 on candy at Chutters candy store:) He really is the best guy ever.
So we're home now, remember Grammie & Grampa with love and thanks for the legacy of Jesus & family they left behind.
School ends in a few short days, and then begins a super fun summer- kicked off with a DOUBLE birthday party and a trip to Florida!!