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Grandpa Diary #125

Girl's at Easter

Dear Elsie,

You love to “go to church” where Grandpa is pastor. We had a great Easter together and your daddy cooked the Easter Breakfast! You and Kaylee always connect me with God and Jesus stories. When your mommy asks, “Do you want Grandpa to read you a story?” Kaylee, you reply, “OK, where is the Bible book?”

But my favorite story about this common theme just happened. Elise you were jumping by your mommy and daddy’s bed and you slipped and hit your chin. That wouldn’t have been too bad, but you bit your lip and had an “owie.”

Later, you mommy watched you by yourself on the couch. You didn’t see her, but you folded your hands and said,

“Dear God and Grandpa, please make my “owie” better. The end.”


Sean cooking

Grandpa Diary #124

Dear Kaylee,

How exciting to be with you and all our family as you celebrated your First Communion. Like Grandpa teaches you, Jesus is always where you are, and he is with us in a special way at communion. He is telling us he loves us and protecting us from bad things. Jesus loves you very much and so does…


Grandpa Diary #123

Dear Kaylee and Elise,

One of the fun things I get to do is watch you at your house! We play outside on your playhouse and swing set or you play hockey or ride bikes on the basketball court. The most fun for me is relaxing with the two of you and reading you a book!

Everything works out great as long as we get those spider webs out of the play house and Grandpa makes sure there aren’t any gifts left on the lawn by your dog, Sunny!


Grandpa Diary #122


Dear Kaylee and Elise,

When we spend time together it is so much fun watching you (Elise) as you have to copy everything Kaylee is doing instantly! This will not happen forever, but it is a very good thing as long as Kaylee is providing a good model.

Of course, sometimes you (Kaylee) do what Elise does. The stream of being a model flows both ways, doesn’t it? Now, if we can just get you both to respect who’s is what with markers, toys, etc. etc. but that is all part of learning to live in community…



Grandpa Diary #120

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Dear Elise and Kaylee,


How much fun is it to spend this Christmas time with you? Lots!! We have been reading Christmas stories, singing Christmas songs, and we had so much fun at your Preschool Christmas program.


Kaylee, you were so attentive and sang all the songs with all the hand motions as if your life depended on it! This so much reminded me of your mommy when she was your age and in our churches’ preschool Christmas. It doesn’t seem that many years ago…


Elise and Kaylee, you had such a fun time being in the wedding of your Aunt Kelly and Uncle Sam. We had so much fun, and Nana and I loved watching you dance! Grandpa couldn’t dance with you because he hurt his leg, but watching was almost as good.


Elise, Santa brings you presents even if you don’t want to sit on his lap! Nana and I tried again when Santa visited by our house, but that didn’t work, either. Oh, well, even though Santa is a nice man, I don’t want to sit on his lap, either!


More stories to come the next couple of weeks as Christmas gets closer…




Grandpa Diary #119


Dear Elise,


Well, you are two years old now! It was so much fun celebrating your birthday on Friday, but I guess I realized for the first time it is a really big week for you because of how much you like Halloween! It’s only three days before! Your mommy always loved Halloween, so of course, you and your sister love it, too.


Your mommy is used to having a birthday close to another special day because her birthday is only two days after Christmas. Lots of things happening at once.


I got a special treat for Halloween this year. I got to go trick or treating with you! Usually Nana goes out by you and I stay home to hand out candy, but this year Nana stayed home to hand out candy and went out by you.


We had such a great time! All you did was go to a few houses, and then began eating candy. You didn’t need to stock up anymore, because your sister would go to the door and the people would give her candy, and then they would see you in the wagon we pulled along, and they would give her candy for you, too! I don’t know how this set up is going to last, but you sure enjoyed it.


Well, now we have Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up. And Aunt Kelly and Uncle Sam are getting married, too. We will have so much fun!


By the way, do you have any candy left?




Grandpa Diary #118

Dear Kaylee and Elise,
Guess what? Nana and Grandpa’s friends, Mike and Debee Jusko are new grandparent’s! Their son, one of your mommy’s friends, Eric Jusko, and his wife Kelsie are new parents! They had a beautiful baby girl Landri Belle.

Nana and Grandpa know Eric very well since he was a little boy and are so excited that now he is a daddy! He is always fun to play with, so Landri will get to play with him like you get to play with your daddy. Kelsie is really kind and fun, too, and will be such a great mommy. It’s always special to become a grandparent like we became when you both were born.
Now Mike and Debee will show us pictures and talk a lot about Landri because that’s part of a grandparent’s job. She is so special to them already and she didn’t have to do anything to be so special and loved! That’s how God loves us. He loves us so, so much and we don’t have to do anything about it.

That’s how God thinks of you. You are his daughters, too, and he adores you! Even more than your mommy and daddy and grandpa and nana…When you get older, you will begin to understand how that could be. In the meantime, I’ll keep giving you hugs for God…



Grandpa Diary #117


Dear Elise,

How exciting you have started preschool with your sister! You are going two days a week, so Nana and I still get to see you three days. We will miss those days, but we know that you are growing up and we are so excited to have you start your new adventure! You have the same teacher as Kaylee, and your classroom us next to hers. There is even a window between your classes so Kaylee can sneak a look!

Knowing you, I am sure you are playing and talking up a storm. Just remember that nap-time means nap-time:)

Well, I am looking forward to more pictures and art projects to put up on my Grandpa Wall!



Grandpa Diary #116





Dear Kaylee and Elise,

You will have a new auntie in your life, very soon! Yes, Uncle Greg asked Becca to marry him! Her engagement ring was hidden in a scoop of ice cream at their favorite ice cream shop Salt and Straw. Auntie Becca loves ice cream just like two little girls I know…

Auntie Becca

You know Auntie Becca well because you like to play with her and she is a real good player, as she is a preschool teacher. You will have lots of fun as you grow older with a wonderful new family member!