Photo of the Day: Spoiled Girl

My parents watched Baby K over the last couple of weeks while I returned to work. This summer, Daddy will get to watch her since he’s a teacher! I think everyone got spoiled while the grandparents visited – Baby K, the grandparents, and me. I absolutely love this photo of them.

My all-time favorite picture of Baby K, Grandma, and Grandpa.

Photo of the Day: Memories of Grandpa

Today’s blog post is dedicated to my grandpa, who passed away two years ago today. Even though I miss him all the time, it really was a blessing after several years of dementia and living in a nursing home.

This is one of my favorite photos of him. In 2008 he was living in the nursing home, and grandma was recuperating from surgery and couldn’t visit for a couple of months. Despite the memory loss, he knew that grandma hadn’t been visiting, and he was thrilled when she finally came back, constantly kissing her and holding her hands. Their love endured everything – 64 years of marriage and beyond.

Grandma and Grandpa, reunited after two months apart, August 2008

Day 285: My Souvenirs … From Funerals

Yesterday, the day I took this photo, marked the 10-year anniversary of my Grandpa Haffa’s funeral. It’s hard to believe I haven’t got to see him for 10 years. It was one of the hardest times of my life, but I really grew up that year. I learned that hugs from a stranger can be comforting, and that children can comfort their parents. I was only a junior in high school, but I also learned that I could stand in front of a whole crowd of people and shared my family’s memories. Two months later I stood up there again – for my Grandma. This tree was one of the plants given to our family at Grandpa’s funeral. My mom retired in May, so I inherited the tree a couple of weeks ago. The other two plants in my office are from my Aunt Jill’s funeral last year, and my other grandpa’s funeral in February. Is it weird that I seem to collect souvenirs from funerals? Maybe, but these daily reminders keep the memories alive.

A Norfolk Pine tree, given at my grandpa's funeral 10 years ago, now resides in my office, adorned with Halloween lights. I hope it lives 83 years just like he did.

Day 48: A beautiful life

I wanted to share this photo today, of my Grandpa and Grandma in the 1940’s shortly after they were married. Grandpa was a WWII veteran who courageously drove a tank and lived to tell about it. They were a beautiful couple, don’t you think? The time I spent with my grandpa and grandma growing up helped shape me in to who I am today, and I will always cherish those memories.


Here is the photo I took today on top of the downtown Kansas City library. It was sure gorgeous outside for February 17!

Nikon Coolpix S52, F3.3, ISO 100
63 mm focal length, no flash fired

Day 26: Portrait of a hero

My grandpa, who just returned from the hospital yesterday with another bout of pneumonia, has always been a fighter. He was once a brave, handsome young man who fought in the war. He could build anything or fix anything. He taught me to fish, use a circular saw, ride a go-cart, shoot a gun, work hard. He proved that he could do anything, survive anything. He is still fighting and surviving, but this is one battle we heartbreakingly know he will eventually lose. For now, I’m trying to appreciate every minute I have with him, even if he may not remember me anymore. Because I’ll always remember you, Grandpa.

1/30 sec., F4.0, ISO 800
18-55mm lens (18 mm), no flash