...skies are blue, and the dreams that we dare to dream really do come true...
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Today we remember Rich's sweet Grampy Andrews who passed peacefully in his sleep last night. He was 81 years old and lived a long, full life. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Andrews and her two children Jameson and Madison, as well as his son, Christopher (Rich's Dad), his wife, Christine (Rich's Mom), Rich, Sarah (his sister), Emily (his niece)...me...and Shaelyn Jade! We all spoke today via skype and laughed and laughed at all the funny memories we have of Grampy. Please keep Rich and our family in your prayers as their hearts are obviously sad for this loss.
I was able to be with Grampy for two extended visits- once when I visited England in 2004 and then again when we all went to San Francisco in 2005. These are the things that I learned about the old man:
1) Grampy had been married to one woman, Margaret, until she died in 1992. He loved her. 2) Grampy was a policeman in Bath, England. I bet he was a tough policeman! 3) Grampy's favorite past time was going to his local pub, drinking beer, and playing snooker. 4) Grampy loved beer. 5) Grampy loved scotch even more. 6) He lived in the same house, 49 Moorfields Road, for over 50 years. 7) Grampy had a deep heart. He would have done anything for his children. 8) He had a great laugh...and he and Rich loved picking at each other, back and forth. 9) Grampy and Nanny Andrews used to take Richard and Sarah to the "caravan" every year...sort of like a "KOA" on the beach in England. It was the highlight of their summer... some of Rich's best childhood memories. 10) Grampy had a chair in his house that there are pictures of him sleeping with every one of his grandkids. 11) Grampy could sleep ANYWHERE. And required much sleep since I have known him. 12) Grampy was a your typical "crotchity" old Englishman...with a great English accent...and an even dryer sense of humor. 13) Grampy loved to walk...when he had dogs he walked them daily and really enjoyed it. 14) Grampy was very loved...and will be very missed.
Where do I start?...Seems like my life "started" one day when I met a boy named Rich in French class. A few years later, he asked me to marry him on a beach in Charleston, SC (one of my favorite spots on this earth)... and a few years after that, we fell in love again- this time with a chubby faced, long legged, brown eyed baby girl that we call Shaelyn Jade. Two years after that we welcomed our blonde hair and blue-eyed boy Jude Warren into our crew! Time is flying by and we are soaking up every minute we can as a family of 4! This is a peek into our lives as we seek to follow Jesus wherever He leads us, and bring glory to His name each day. I am SO BLESSED and I feel, most days, that we are living "somewhere over the rainbow..."