Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bee-Baga

Last Friday my grandpa passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 85 years young. He was an amazing man and I am so thankful that we got to live with him these last two and a half years.  Because we lived together we grew closer and for the last two and a half years I grew closer to my grandpa than ever before.  I will never forget his strong personality :) I always try to make everyone eat more vegetables, including my grandpa.. I was not successful though! He would tell me "I wouldn't mind if you never brought me that again" to my eggplant parm, butternut squash mac and cheese and my spinach stuffed pasta shells! It didn't matter how hard I tried. He was so outspoken and at the time I may not have been laughing but I do find it hilarious now! He was also a stubborn man and would say no if I asked if I could make him anything or help him with something. So I learned quickly not to ask and just do.  Little did he know how much love I put into those waffles I would sneak into his fridge for his breakfast the next morning (And I do mean sneak. Eventually he got over it and I could openly bring him down his next supply of waffles.) 

My favorite memory has to be the last time I brought him his favorite oatmeal raisin cookies. I love to bake and so I would try to make them slightly different and see "which is best". When I asked him did he like these cookies better than the ones I brought the time before I will never forget the look on his face. He looked at me like I was crazy and said he loved them either way :) It was the best way to calm a perfectionist crazy person like me and I realized in that moment it didn't matter which cookie was better.

Eliana called him "Bee-Baga". We have no clue where she came up with it, but she named him that ever since she could talk :) Eliana and Bee-Baga had such a beautiful bond.  It was even more beautiful to me being that that he was her great grandpa.  They had their special cheese and cracker time and would play games on the computer together. Many times, before Bee-Baga got really sick and couldn't live in the house anymore, Eliana would just go downstairs and spend time with him.  She loved him and cared for him dearly. We all did.  And while I miss him terribly, I am also thankful he is no longer in pain and is now in Heaven.

The picture above is from Eliana's 2nd birthday party. It is still the best picture of the three of us even though it is over two years old :)


So as you can see there hasn't been a lot of action here or on the Facebook page lately. These past days have been difficult and it was important to spend that time with our family. New posts to come soon. Much love to you all :)

Michelle

6 comments:

  1. Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Sending prayers and love.

    The photo of you three is just beautiful.

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  2. I am sorry your grandpa passed away. Sending prayers and love.

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  3. It's always so difficult to say good-bye to those we love. How great that you have have already documented memories here to share with your daughter:)

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    1. Thanks Sue :) I really hope Eliana will enjoy reading through the blog when she is older. I bet she'll have fun with that :)

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