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.