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He was There, But I was Here

Capture the Moment week 4 Entry: Loss

The assignment of this page was a tough one but i know I would do this for it. My grandfather was dying in IL and I was in FL where I live with my family and we had tickets to Disney world.


Grandpa was sick and I was living far away in another state. It didn't look good but he had made it through before. I was clearing my calender to go home at the end of the week. The doctors who had been with him through his car accident and seen his recovery 5 years earlier were had even said “Call the family home.” My family had plans on Monday. A friend was giving us tickets to Disney World. It was a needed break from the stress we were feeling from our missions application and now my grandfather's health. So we went on our vacation day a world away on the other side of town. Mom knew we were going and told us to have fun, she would keep us posted.

We enjoyed seeing the parade at Magic Kingdom and exploring Future World at EPCOT. As evening approached, I began growing anxious as we explored the nations in the World Showcase and called my mom in Germany. We talked through Italy and the United States. The doctors had some more tests and things were unsure, but in the morning they would know more and we would decide if me and Lydia would fly home immediately or not. I felt torn having grown up living so close to my grandparents, and now for in this important moment I was just one of the scattered relatives, deciding to come home or not

We enjoyed dinner in Japan and walked around past Mexico waiting for the Laser and Firework Finale. It was more spectacular that when we had seen it over the trees from the nearby Boardwalk Resort. We made it a very full day of fun and memories for our 12 hour vacation. The next morning when I checked my email, he was gone, he had passed in the night. It was too late. Thankfully my daughter, his third great-grandchild had met him in October, 7 months earlier, when we had visited and we had lots of pictures and memories to remember the occasion. Sadly he never met the baby in my belly who we named Caleb Robert, partly in his memory.

Lydia and I had plans already to come and visit a few weeks later. It was strange to go to his house and not see him in his chair. It was like he never came out of his office or a back room and then I would realize he wasn't going to ever again. A year later I still catch myself talking about visiting my grandparents, except there is only my grandmother to visit.

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theStudio Monet
A bittersweet memory, for sure, but it's great that you were able to share it here on your page. I love how you used the paper as a background.
#1 Wed June 22, 2011 22:37


theStudio Monet
That was a tough situation to go through. Maybe grandpa wanted you to be off having fun. I also like the fall seen in the background.
#2 Thu June 23, 2011 07:25


theStudio CT
A well-told story via your journaling. I know it was probably tough to re-live, but you created a wonderful keepsake to pass down and share with your kids. Terrific job!

#3 Thu June 23, 2011 07:51


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I think your grandpa would have preferred knowing you had a good time that day. My grandfather died this New Year's Eve. I'd spent the entire night at my mom's helping take care of him and had just gone back for a few hours to get some sleep and check on my kids. I was on my way back to take the night shift again and he died 20 minutes before I got there. Had he been able he'd have told me, "you take care of your kids, don't worry about me." I'm sure your grandfather would have felt the same. You created a beautiful layout to capture the memory.
#4 Thu June 23, 2011 08:18


theStudio Monet
love the fantastic clusters by the title and journalling background. the bevelling makes it looks like one of those beautiful plaques you see. superb layout.
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#5 Thu June 23, 2011 09:06


theStudio Designer
I can relate to your story. Due to distance, I wasn't able to be there for the passing of either of my beloved Grandfathers, and had not seen either for months prior too. Both passed somewhat unexpectedly and I remember feeling soo guilty about it. My family kept reminding me that neither of them would want me to feel that way, and I'm sure yours would'nt either. we have alot of treasured memories from both, and for that I'm blessed. I've spent alot of time since gathering photos and memorabilia to scrapbook about some of those special memories, so i can pass on a little about what wonderful men they both were. Beautiful page, excellent scrapping :-)

#6 Thu June 23, 2011 10:50


theStudio Picasso
It is so difficult being torn between two needs, and I believe that it all worked out beautifully in the end. You know he would have wanted your daughter to enjoy the time at Disney. That was such a gift! I am happy you named your son in his honor because children always ask about their names and now you will have another opportunity to share with him about his great-grandfather. I am sorry for your loss.

Your layout is beautiful. I love the photo of you at Disney and the one with him side by side in a lovely frame cluster. Precious! I love the matted title, it adds to the tenderness of the layout! Very sweet!
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#7 Thu June 23, 2011 15:09


theStudio Owner
What a beautiful LO, what a bittersweet memory. I love how you scrapped. I love how this memory will stay in your family. The side-by-side photos are so poignant. Beautiful.

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#8 Fri June 24, 2011 02:33


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Oh, that must have been difficult to choose which to do at such a stressful time in your life, but as others have said before me, I imagine that you grandfather would have preferred you make the choice that you did. It's still tough though, I know. Thanks for sharing your personal story with us; you've created a lovely layout as a tribute to that time in your life. I especially love the titling on a strip of it's own and the lovely clusters on either end. Nicely done.
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#9 Fri June 24, 2011 08:34


theStudio Designer
Must be hard to re-tell this all, and you captured this memory so nicely. Great title and love the photos placed side by side.
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#10 Fri June 24, 2011 10:52

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A wonderful layout and tribute to your grandfather. He would not want you to stress over where you were. He was happy Im sure that you were in a fun place with your family.
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#11 Fri June 24, 2011 13:10

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Your page is beautiful! I imagine your grandpa would have wanted you to be having fun and creating some happy memories at a time filled with sadness. It's always easy to feel guilt over things we wish we would have done instead of all the many things we do -- be grateful for all the warm memories you have and keep creating new ones! Great job on your layout!
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#12 Fri June 24, 2011 14:44

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Distance is relative hun, your heart and mind were with him all the way around the world, and he would have known that too. Beautifully scrapped and remembered
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#13 Fri June 24, 2011 17:27


theStudio Artist
What a tough situation, but as my parents always said to us, for each that dies, there is one child born to carry on. Your little one carries the spirit of your grandfather with you...that is an awesome thing. And the layout..beautiful. Love the comparison pictures at the bottom..great touch to use the frames and the swirl that way. Nice response to the challenge!
#14 Sun June 26, 2011 19:01

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