Friday, January 11, 2013

Miss his smile, hugs, wisdom...

It's been two years since my Grandpa Kenny went to be with Jesus. I always said it more like grampa though because sometimes I'd call him Gramps.

Today I remember his wonderful smile.  His big strong hugs, and the wonderful wisdom he shared with all of us.  He wasn't perfect but he loved God so much & he was a good example to his family & those who knew him.  He had a knack for growing a beautiful garden full of color, bursting with taste, & tons of veggies that he willingly shared.  He was a man of honor, a man of great character, a man devoted to his wife & his family.  Family was so important to him & we all knew it.  He was a hard worker.  In fact, I've been told that unlike most people, he didn't mind work.  He seldom complained & one would often hear the phrase, "No complaints" from his mouth when asked how he was.  That leads me to believe that he was a content man.  He had an 8th grade education but he was far more intelligent & knowledgeable than an 8th grade education gets you these days.  I never had the privilege to see it myself but I've been told that he would get on his knees every night to pray.  He told me once that each  night he prayed for every one of us grandchildren (including great-grandchildren).  He liked to tease & have fun with pranks.  He was a generous man, always giving of his time.  He taught by his actions. I watched him come back from several strokes as he went through physical therapy sessions & then worked on his own to do the exercises to strengthen himself again. He was a stubborn man but used in the right way taught me perseverance. He liked to rile my Gram with comments & get her reaction & sit back & laugh.  He disliked iced tea (one of my favorite drinks). He wasn't perfect but he was wonderful. I miss his smile.  I miss his hugs & the twinkle in his eyes.  I wish my kids would have gotten to spend more time with him or that he would have been able to meet Sadie.  I love the legacy he left behind for us.  Dedicated to his faith, family, hard worker, etc.  So two years ago on this day, he may have departed from us here but I wanted to celebrate his life & legacy.  And I look forward to our reunion in heaven.  It's gonna be grand!  Miss you so much Grampa!!!  I will share his memory & values with my children, nieces, & nephews so they can get a glimpse of who he was.

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