Monday, August 31, 2009

Makes My Monday: Oh, My Papa...

You read the cake right. 93. As in born in 1916. He volunteers twice weekly at a local hospital (and has for years), is an usher at his church, and teaches our kids how to hone their crawl and backstroke. He's my grandfather, Sarah and Darren's great-grandfather, and an amazing inspiration. While gestating our two 8 years ago now, we wondered if perhaps the typical twin early arrival might just occur on Papa's birthday...it didn't, but how his birthday is multi-layered with memory.

Thankfully, Darren and Sarah have oh-so-many Papa memories...and that, on the day after his 93rd birthday, Makes My Monday.

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21 comments:

Joannof10 said...

Happy Birthday to your Papa!
Grandpas certainly always Make My Mondays!:-)

Annie said...

Oh wow,93. Happy Birthday!!!

Read about your Grandfather MMM.

Terra said...

My grandfather recently turned 94 - hard to believe isn't it!

Threeundertwo said...

What a blessing to the whole family! I wish him many years of good health and happy memories for all.

cat said...

Happy birthday Papa! What an absolute honor and blessing to have a great grandfather. Hunters grandfather is still going strong in his 80's and I hope he keeps going so that the kids will remember him.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Happy Birthday to Papa! What a wonderful blessing! My Aunt Fanny is 102 now and I have learned so much from her (she has the best stories & her memory is still sharp as a tack) and her birthday wish last year was to see Abby & Emma. How special it is to have these amazing people in our lives!!!

Barbara Manatee said...

How amazing! Sadly, my kids never met any of our grandparents. Only 1 was still with us when they were born but she was in late stages of Alzheimers and it never seemed like the right time to visit with the kids in tow. :-(

Paul and I talked a while ago about not even knowing much of his family's ancestry which is sad (he doesn't even know his grandparents' names). Thankfully my dad was researched ours back quite far and I need to make more of an effort to learn more about my family while they can still share stories!

Dana said...

I love your Papa, DH and I used to live directly above him and I just thought he was so sweet each time we encountered each other.

That's so nice that Sarah and Darren have many memories with him. I wish Ethan had that opportunity!

mommytoalot said...

Wow!! Happy, happy birthday to Papa!!
I sure wish my boys could have met their Papa.
He looks absolutley dapper too. Great pictures.

Momlissa said...

That is so awesome! Happy Birthday to your Papa! My grandma was also born in 1916, but she passed in 2001. That is so special that he is around for you kids to connect with. :)

Tracy said...

Happy birthday to Papa!

I am blessed to still have all four of my grandparents. I just wish they were closer like it seems your Papa is. Yay for your family!

Jenni Jiggety said...

93! Amazing! Happy Birthday, Papa!

The Smiths said...

Wow!! happy Birthday to your Papa!!!
I pray and hope that I make it to 93!

Definitely Makes my Monday!

MyLinda said...

Awe how wonderful that your kids get to make so many great memories with their papa!

monica said...

How awesome! I also had a great-grandfather growing up, he lived to be 96! I have some great memories of him and I. You rchildren will remeber him forever - brings a litte tear in my eye just thinking of the grat memories!! That would diffently make my monday!

BoufMom9 said...

WOW! Fantastic! Happy 93rd Papa!
Just made my monday!

Nancy said...

That's just wonderful!! I hope they continue to make many more happy memories. :)

Happy Birthday Papa!

Tracey said...

Happy happy day to Papa!!

jungletwins said...

Awwwwww, so sweet! I hope I'm that awesome at 93 :)

Jules said...

Happy Birthday to your grandfather!! He doesn't look at all like 93!! Wow, he looks great!

Take care! ;0)

Cheryl B. said...

a bit late - but I connected :-}