Friday, January 14, 2011

A Small Goodbye

 We're hurting with the loss of a dear grandfather.  Someone we love deeply.

 Someone who helped raise Alex.  Someone who helped him become the man that I get to cherish every day.  Someone who was very first in welcoming me into Alex's family.  I will never forget the very first time I met Opa.  I was dating Alex and we went over to his grandparent's house for dinner.  I was terribly full of nerves and avoiding all glasswear so no one would notice my hands shaking.  Opa put his arm around my shoulder, gave me a huge smile and said  in his sweet South African accent, "You will sit by me!"  And so I did.  We chatted the rest of the way through dinner and after and I couldn't wait to go back and visit again.  So thank you Opa.  Without you there would be no Alex.  And that's just not a world I would ever want to live in. You held my babies, you played hide and seek with them, you made silly faces for shy girls to smile at and  I love you forever.


  1. Praying for you and your family, sweet friend.

  2. I'm sorry Mari. Saying good by is always hard. Praying for you.

  3. I'm sorry, Mari. It's not easy to pick up the pieces and move on. I will be praying for you.