Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Sitting in my parent's living room in Vermont. I am filled with mixed emotions. I am very happy to be in Vermont. I am happy to be near family. I am happy that the sun is shinning. Yet, the reason for being in Vermont is very unhappy. My Grandfather died on Thursday morning. The circumstances behind his death are quite upsetting. I am still trying to understand and come to grips with everything!

I am feeling somewhat guilty for not keeping in better contact with my Grandfather. A couple of weeks ago Michael suggested that I write him a letter and send some pictures. We had just sent some to his Aunt and Uncle in Minnesota and they loved them. How I wish I would have taken the time to send him that letter. Oh how I wish I did! 

I was also planning to do some video interviews with my Grandfather to record all those family stories. Stories of my Grandfather's time in the Pacific during the war.Stories of their Courtship. Stories of their first year of marriage. Stories about my Mom and Aunts growing up years. So many stories!!

This is myself and my Grandpa just over a year ago!

Here he is just over a year ago. I'm so glad I got a picture of his hands. Their is something about a person's hands. 

Grandpa's Hats

His shoes lined up!

The beautiful toaster cover! I love love love love the design.

My advice is to let your love ones know how much you love them. Tell them! Write them a letter. Don't wait for something to happen. I feel more of a resolve to document life through journals and scrapbooks. I don't want those life stories to be forgotten.


  1. Sorry for your loss.
    You are so right, document the lives of those you love.
    My grandfather passed away when my dad was 14. So I only have a few pictures and not very much information.

  2. So very, very sorry for your loss.

  3. thinking of you and your fam, em...

  4. Emily those pictures you took of his shoes & his toaster are sooo special! I love what you said about his hands too...you know...you are right!

    I am so sorry about the loss of your Grandfather. I do hope you can enjoy your family & that you all find time to share some good memeories of him. Don't forget to write down some of the stories you hear...or video

  5. I'm sorry to hear that your grandfather passed away...sounds like you had a good trip to VT, though!