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Lori11941




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Registered: August 2007
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Kit: Fa La La by Christine Mortimer (aka Digilicious Designs)

After our trip to Epcot to see the Candle Lighting Processional with Whoopie Goldberg telling the Christmas story, Grandpa got sick. Mom took him to the doctor and he told her to take him to the hospital immediately. They admitted him with what they thought was pneumonia. We soon found out it was cancer. Given his age the doctor’s didn’t feel there was much we could do. They told us he’d have six months, at most, probably less. Since there wasn’t anything they could do for him, Grandpa was released from the hospital on December 23rd.

Although nothing was kept from Grandpa, I don’t know how much he understood. The cancer was affecting his kidneys, which was affecting his brain. Suddenly his decline into what we thought was Alzheimer’s made sense. At dinner he didn’t eat as much, but he tried some of everything, all his favorite foods, the zeppole I’d promised to make him on Thanksgiving when he was asking for them, the spaghetti aglio e olio, and the baccala on Christmas Eve. Lasagna with homemade sausage and a Honeybaked ham on Christmas Day.

When Grandpa gave the blessing before the meal and he said his traditional, “and God willing, may we all be together again next year,” I had to go into the kitchen to cry. My cousin Steve was right behind me. But as difficult as it was, it was also amazing. (continued below)
· Date: Tue June 28, 2011 · Views: 174
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Lori11941

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Registered: August 2007
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Wed June 29, 2011 05:49

Journaling continued:

For those two days, the confusion was gone. We had Grandpa back. He was alert and he knew what was going on around him. He knew who everyone was. He told his war stories to our friends Leslie and Marianne.

Two days later, Grandpa went dramatically downhill. Hospice came and we, the family, started an around the clock vigil to take care of him. He died on New Year’s Eve.

None of us will ever forget Christmas 2011 and the gift we received of one last Christmas with Grandpa.

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donakat

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Registered: February 2009
Location: San Diego
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Wed June 29, 2011 09:54

A very touching story, Lori! Love the collage look of this layout.

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redplaid3

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Registered: September 2007
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Wed June 29, 2011 11:34

This is such a treasured memory. I'm so glad you scrapped it and so glad God gave it to you. It truly was a Christmas miracle. Lovely layout focusing on your family.

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Toiny

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Registered: September 2008
Location: Germany
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Wed June 29, 2011 11:35

Awww Lori! What an amazing story. I love the two days, what an incredible gift. The angel is so appropriate on this LO.

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Registered: January 2010
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Wed June 29, 2011 12:52

fabulous page.

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ladyofthethorns

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Registered: March 2008
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Wed June 29, 2011 13:10

Such a touching story Lori, thanks for sharing it. I'm so happy you had those two days with Grandpa lucid and that you got to take that fabulous photo, it, and this LO, will be wonderful keepsakes for you and the rest of your family.

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sparkysgirl

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Registered: September 2010
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Wed June 29, 2011 13:11

Fantastic journaling ... the food list made me hungry and curious about recipes! The photo is bittersweet ... what a blessing to know not to take the time together for granted. Wonderful layout! I'm so sorry you lost your grandpa.

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jimmyrose

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Registered: September 2009
Location: East Texas
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Thu June 30, 2011 11:22

Great story and LO. Thanks for sharing.

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Registered: August 2007
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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Thu June 30, 2011 14:24

You have a gift of words. This is a special layout indeed, and truly a Christmas Miracle! I love your family closeness and how you treasure each moment. This layout is creative and precious!

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Ayla1964

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Registered: February 2011
Location: Michigan
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Thu June 30, 2011 20:51

What a touching story, a wonderful gift you received and were able to give him by giving him a wonderful holiday with the family and foods he loved. Spectacular layout!
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Monika

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Registered: December 2007
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Sun July 3, 2011 13:52

Beautiful layout and memory page of the last Christmas with your Granpa. Love the layered papers and the little angel placed above your title is just perfect!

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