Thursday, November 11, 2010

Grandpa Bishop

It's posts like these that make me want to hand the reigns over to Eric for a change...

I don't remember the first time I met Grandpa Bishop but what I do remember is he was always happy to see me! Every time I would walk into the room he would say, "Well, if it isn't Josie". Gpa has been a part of my life for the past 12 years but he has been a part of Eric's for 30+. Diane's father died when Eric was 3 and so Gpa Jim was the only Gpa he can really remember.

The services the past few days have taught me a lot more about this sweet man. He was a Veteran. He lived to serve; his country, his church, his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. He was an avid tennis player and water skier and he had many lifelong friends that spoke of him fondly. My kids were lucky enough to spend almost every Sunday at Grandpa's house. I don't remember my great-grandparents all that much but I hope my boys will know how much he loved them.

Eric's Baptism


First time meeting Ethan

Cohen's blessing - the James in Cohen James Brown is from Grandpa

Gpa and his red cardigan, and V-neck sweater and button-up shirt and undershirt. He was always cold!! And that red cardigan was a staple every year at Christmas time.



Cortney said...

Very sweet, Jos. Look at your little baby boys!!

Diane said...

Jos, you captured the true essence of this wonderful man who lived to love us all. I will especially miss his presence. Thank you for your complete tribute.
Kleenex please!

. said...

You caught such perfect moments of the day. Love to see all the pictures of Gramps. Makes me want to go through all mine. Thank you for sharing this...make me sad but so so happy too :)

*I would love to get photographer skills really need some improvement!

emiekins said...

What a beautiful post Josie!!! What a beautiful day that was!!! I miss Grandpa so much.. and there are so many wonderful memories of and with him... I would love to get a copy of the pictures you took that day.. I am going to take my pictures as weel. .and make a book.. and my mom will be purchasing it for everyone.... would love to have the pics from your camera to add to it. that way we have both families perspectives in it... and angles as well... I am still going through mine.. but i got some really good ones of your kids and that side of the family... it was great to see you guys.. my email address is Love you guys!!

Jon and Kim said...

What a beautiful tribute to Grandpa Bishop! He will truly be missed. But what a blessing to have been so close to him and for your children to really get to know him.