Saturday, April 9, 2011

'Til We Meet Again Grandpa Meyer

My wonderful, amazing, fantastic, loving, strong,
kind, hard working, funny, sweet, darling
Grandpa passed away early yesterday morning
from complications due to angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma.

The great grandkids had taken to calling him Grandpa Great.
It was the perfect name for him.
He was great in every aspect of his life.

I remember once saying that I was very lucky.
He quietly corrected me by saying - You are very blessed.
Truer words were never spoken.

JT's middle name was chosen after him.
It's a strong German name.

(Grandpa at about 5 years old)

JT is proud to have it.
In the last 2 years, he had taken to calling him Grandpa Theodore.

I remember calling him to ask if it was ok to name JT after him.
He was very quiet, didn't say much, got off the phone quickly,
but told me that would be "just fine".
A few minutes later my Aunt called to tell me
that he was so emotional he just couldn't talk.
That it meant so very much to him.
It meant so very much to me.

JT usually goes by his initials,
but often I call him by his full name for various reasons:)
Once someone asked him what his name was and he said,
"JT. But my mom calls me Jason Theodore a lot."
It's true.
I'm proud of the name.
I love how it sounds.
I love that it reminds me of such a great man.

He just might be called by his full name a lot for a few weeks :)

Thank you, Grandpa.
Thank you for the sweet memories.
For the summers pruning sweet peas and working on the "crick".
Thank you for trips to the Tee Box and fresh raspberries and milk for breakfast.
Thank you for the 24/7 orange juice and ice cream after dinner.
Thank you for the laughs and jokes.
Thanks for taking lots of pictures of a little girl that once loved having her picture taken.
Thank you for always taking the "shortcut" to wherever we were going :)
Thank you for trips to Downata Springs and adventures at the park.
Thank you for Braves baseball and the Union Pacific Railroad.
Thank you for walks in the neighborhood and drives "around" town.
Thank you for the stories and family history.
Thank you for your legacy of fortitude and faith.
Thank you for the love.

(Grandpa and The Boy when he was 6 weeks old)


The Miller Five said...

I'm so sorry about your loss. Your grandpa sounds like an amazing man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Charity Donovan said...

What a blessing to have such wonderful memories of such an amazing man. I lost my grandparents last summer so I can identify with the extraordinary loss you feel. I am so sorry for your loss.

AmAzOn said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and yours.

forever folding laundry said...

I'm so very sorry about your grandpa.
It sounds and looks as though
he were a lovely man.
And that he, too, was blessed.


dancin' momma said...

He was such an incredible man and Grandpa. We love Grandpa Great and will miss him so much.

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandpa

Bethany said...

:( but also :) -- what a lovely post. I'm sorry for your loss.

Screaming Sardine said...

Aww, now I'm crying. What a great testament to your grandpa. (My g'pa was named Theodore, too).

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

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Stephanie said...

What a sweet tribute. I'm sure he will be missed.

StrawberryMel said...

I'm so sorry Kyla. Very nice tribute to your grandpa.

Diana said...

So sorry about your loss!! Prayers for comfort in the coming days.


Unknown said...

I'm sorry about your loss. It sounds like you have many wonderful memories. What a great legacy for your son JT.

Anonymous said...

He sounds like he was a very great man. I am so sorry for your loss. I know it's tough when a grandpa that you loved so dearly passes away. I love that now I know that we will meet our loved ones again someday. :) (I'm a convert) hugs to you!!

T-Fam said...

Great post. I think it is very fitting for such a great grandpa!

Tasha said...

I am so sorry. {Hugs} to you and your family.

kittykerri said...

What a beautiful tribute! I'm so sorry for you loss. That statement always seems so weird to me but it's true so there must be a reason why we say it.

I know I don't know either you or your Grandpa but after reading this I have a better feeling for who you are and who he was. Grandparents are such great gifts and they leave a great loss when they are no longer around.

I've lost two beautifully wonderful ladies to lymphoma. It's a horrible disease that effects so many lives.

From my family to yours we're sending many prayers and positive thoughts your way.

God Bless!!


Laura said...

Kyla, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you this week.

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. He sounds like an amazing Grandfather and he was lucky to have a granddaughter and great grandkids that knew of his greatness and didn't take it for granted.

Gretchen said...

Kyla, I am VERY sorry for your loss. Grandpa Great (I LOVE this name) is in a better place to look after all his loved ones now. If you need anything, even an ear, feel free to email me. I lost my grandfather in 2001 (sudden without warning) and I was only able to say goodbye to him two weeks before as I had to finish up college classes before Christmas. I KNOW he would have LOVED to meet my husband and his great grandkids and I am happy your grandfather was able to meet your husband and kids!!! Stay strong!
Gretchen said...

Very moving tribute. Thank you for sharing, it is inspiring, and I'm sure he is still with you!

malia said...

i'm so sorry for your loss... what a sweet and moving tribute, i'm teared up.

lauren@warmandfuzzy said...

Oh Kyla, I am so sorry for your loss. My Benjamin Henry is named after my grandfather whos name is Henry. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few months ago and we had planned to call Ben, Ben Henry but werent really doing it. Well the day we got the diagnosis he OFFICALLY became Ben Henry and has been that ever since. He answers to it now and I love the sound of it. I cannot imagine how hard it is for you right now. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Lots of ((((hugs))) to you and yours

Lauren @

Unknown said...

What a beautiful tribute! Your family will be in my prayers. Naming your son after your grandpa will be something I'm sure he'll cherish.

Tiffany said...

Kyla, I am so sorry...
He sounds like an amazing man and I can tell how very much he will be missed.

Lei said...

Sorry for your loss. Sounds like a wonderful man!

Hannah @HannahHandmade said...

sending wished with you and your family....

Erin said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. What wonderful pictures you have of him and life changing memories. How special that your son is named after him!

Unknown said...

prayers for you and your family.
big hugs!

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

what a lovely post, he sounds like a wonderful man, sending you some hugs

Ami Allison said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He looks like he brought a lot of joy to everyone around him. Thanks so much for sharing these great pictures with us. Send you love and prayers. ~Ami

Green Eyed Girl Crafts said...

What a beautiful tribute! I love the comment your son said about his name... it made me smile. Sending hugs from Utah to warm you through this difficult time!

ragamuffinbeauties said...

Praying sweet tears over your beautiful post friend. Sorry for the pain, but rejoicing in sweet memories. Love you! XO

Amy said...

I am so sorry. :( But your post is beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes! God Bless your family in a time of sorrow. I'll be praying for you!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post. I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa, but please know that by your sweet post, it is evident what an amazing man he was.


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