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I *Heart* Faces Photo Challenge - Nostalgia

Posted Aug 27 2009 11:38pm
A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart. ~Author Unknown
This Wednesday, August 26th, will mark my Grandpa's 96th Birthday, so I didn't have to think very hard about who I wanted to feature this week.

Although, as usual, I did have a helluva hard time narrowing it down to one picture! How do you narrow all that LIFE down to one picture?

SomeRandomGrandpa Facts:
  • Born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico & emigrated to the US as a young child.
  • Lived through two World Wars.
  • Proudly served this country in the U.S. Navy.
  • Along with his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary, he reared 7 children.
  • Affectionately known as Grandpa "Shorty" to his 26 Grandchildren, 31 Great-Grandchildren & 1 Great-Great Grandchild.
  • Has a true, usually long-winded, "Grandpa-style" story for every conceivable occasion.
  • Still putters in his garden daily (it currently resembles an Arboretum more than a typical backyard.)

August 2008
Grandpa Shorty meeting Elijah, his one & only (thus far) Great-Great Grandchild.



Happy Birthday, We Love You Grandpa Shorty!!

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This month also marks the 10th Anniversary of my Grandmother's passing, after a hard fought battle with breast cancer, so feeling more than bit nostalgic I wanted to remember her as well.

To me, nothing in my childhood brings more nostalgic memories than spending Christmas Eve at my Grandparent's house. Year round they filled their home with love & family, but Christmas Eve was magical! The house was decorated from top to bottom, inside & out, there was no mistaking the time of year. It was wall-to-wall people, as Grandma lead the Christmas Carols in her Santa hat. Hot food warmed on the stove, filled our bellies and desserts covered nearly every inch of table. Little kids, dressed to the nines, sang, danced, fought, and cried; all the while waiting...for Santa. And he always came, of course! We squealed, he delivered gifts one-by-one. I remember it like it was yesterday, and yet my words cannot do it justice.

Today, in my Grandparent's house, there stands a bookcase covered top to bottom; volume upon volume of photo albums chronicling their lives together, our lives... In them you can find sexy beach poses from their honeymoon, babies crying over Baptismal fonts, and of course Santa visiting EVERY Christmas Eve. My Grandmother was ahead of her time, she was the ultimate scrap booker! How lucky I am to have such great memories, such great Grandparents?

We Miss You & Love You Grandma Mary!!


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Every week over at iheartfaces there is a photo challenge with a different theme.

Thanks for peeking,

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