Monday, May 23, 2011

Dear Grandpa Goodwin

Dear Grandpa Goodwin,

I just wanted to say thank you for everything. You were an amazing man and I know that I would not be the person I am today if it were not for you. 

Thank you for not forbidding my Mom from dating Dad. I know you probably wanted to.

Thank you for taking all of your kids and their kids on a Church History tour back East. I know that is where a lot of our testimonies started.

Thank you for all the BBQ's in your backyard. They were a lot of fun, and they helped bring our family closer. 

Thank you for doing everything you could to keep our family close. I don't know where I would be without my best friend and cousin, Sarah. 

Thank you for all the compliments after I would play the piano at your house. They made me feel really special. You were really good at that. 

Thank you for your giant hugs. They were the best, and I'll probably miss those the most.

Thank you for taking all of us girls shopping on multiple occasions. I had the coolest grandpa ever. Not because you would give us money, but because you would go shopping with us and we got to hang out with you. It was so much fun.

Thank you for giving Mom a Father's blessing when she had cancer. That will always be a really special memory. 

Thank you for being so strong in the gospel. It makes these hard times infinitely easier.

Thank you for the last 2 months of getting to serve you and Grandma.

Thank you for all the funny things you would say while on your pain medications.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to pray for you to pass away peacefully so you could reunite with Allison as well as the 370,000+ people you helped get to the temple. That was a really special experience.

Thank you for bringing our family closer again through these last few months and your funeral. It was something I think we really needed. We'll try to be better at staying close so we don't have to do this again :) I promise we'll have more BBQ's, and still keep up with the Christmas party.

Thank you for the love that I felt from you while we all sang (or at least tried to, I was crying so hard) Love at Home. I will always think of you when I hear that song. 

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see how much you and Grandma love each other. That was really sweet. I loved seeing her take care of you and I loved seeing your gratitude. I hope I can have that someday. 

Thank you for being my Grandpa and for loving me. I love you back and I will make you proud.

Love Always,

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Dear Swamp People

Dear Swamp People,
If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right.
Later Gator,