My Pap

I’ve gotten away from such personal posts, but since we use these pages as a kind of ‘family yearbook’, I thought this one needed some attention.  We lost my Pap, my Mother’s Dad, this past weekend and writing about such loss is always cathartic for me.

Feel free to read, or maybe just look at the memories captured in photos. We’ll sure miss this man in our family.

February 6, 2016

Dear Cathryn, Anna and William,

Today we lost the patriarch of our family.  Your Pappy was  great man who was quite a dynamic presence in our family.  He loved you all so very much and watching him soften in your presence was beautiful and remarkable to watch.

When I was a kid, I always knew that he loved me.  I took great delight in hearing those words, “I love you”, from him in his older years.  I have so many memories with Pap, so many moments big and small.  I loved riding on the back of his motorcycle with him in Pennsylvania, and especially loved that he never allowed my cousins, Uncle Jake and I, to be in trouble for getting dirty while playing outside at Granny’s house.

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Pap was always quick with a joke and liked to laugh.  He always told it exactly as it was and was famous for his many one-liners (Pap-isms). At Christmas, he was the best at building anticipation for Christmas Eve and loved to watch as we tore into our gifts.  Pap was  a generous man. He was always willing to give anyone, anything.  You never left Pap’s house without bringing something back home with you.  He was a gatherer.  Whatever fruit was in season, you can bet that Pap was the first person to pick, buy, gather and distribute to his family.

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Looking back now, loud family gatherings and holidays surrounded by Aunts, Uncles and cousins were all possible because of Pap and Gram.  I am forever grateful for these joyful childhood memories.

On Thursday, as I sat with Pap and witnessed him in his predeath state and listened to his incoherent talking, I was amazed at where his mind took him.  I think we all believe that he was taking a journey through the highlights of his life.  I watched him “open” and “drink” a beer (my cousins, Uncle Jake and I used to fight to bring Pap a beer), and watched him “pick” blueberries too (picking blueberries with Pap was his most favorite thing to do with you three. It always involved tons of blueberries, breakfast and a stop for fresh corn on the cob for dinner). These are memories to hold in our hearts forever.

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I wonder, if at the end of our lives if we ‘replay’ the highlights, what will they be? I know for me, the three of you and Daddy will be some of mine. But how wondrous to think that my highlights may include grandchildren and great-grandchildren that have yet to step foot on this Earth!

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Sweet babies of mine…I want you to never forget that kind words and big hugs are never forgotten. That time spent with family, and your time spent with Pap and Gram was always time well spent.  Pap loved us all and you will always carry a piece of him with you in your hearts, and your memories.  I will be forever grateful that you got to know the man who will always be my Pappy.

Love you,

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February 10, 2016 - 12:21 pm

Aunt Shari - Wonderful words and pictures Jaime. This really made me tear up.
xoxo

February 10, 2016 - 12:37 pm

Carol Downerd - Your pap was so proud of you. He was a man who said what he felt. Truely one of a kind. Cherish and hold onto the memories. ❤️

February 10, 2016 - 1:45 pm

Polly (Chilcote) Renninger - Jaime – I don’t know if I’ve ever met you, seems I may have when you were just a little girl. My dad, Bill Chilcote, grew up with your Pap – they were always best friends. In their younger years they visited each other more than they did within the last 20 years or so. Although your Gram, Pap & families made more trips to Pennsylvania to see Grandma Kate, I remember going to Ohio with my parents & brother & sister when I was younger to to visit “Jack & Sue”. It was always a great, fun time!! Your Pap was a barrel of fun & laughs and your Gram so kind and soft spoken. I have so many good memories of both of them! Your Pap was everything you said he was above – bold, vivacious, daring, full of life and more. There honestly is not a day that goes by that my dad doesn’t tell a story of him & Jack when they were young and growing up. Our entire family feels your loss & pain – please know our thoughts & prayers are with you.

February 10, 2016 - 1:59 pm

Randy - Such a beautiful story about a beautiful and special man
and his family.

Bravo Jaime, well done!

February 10, 2016 - 3:09 pm

Momma Dar - beautiful!!!! Those pictures, those memories, those words, your heart. You were so blessed to have him… And he was so blessed to have you.
Love you!!!! It is never easy to say those kind of good byes.

February 10, 2016 - 4:12 pm

Michelle - Beautiful, Jaime. I’m so glad to have become close with your wonderful family!

February 10, 2016 - 6:12 pm

Carol C - Beautifully written Jaime and great pictures.

February 10, 2016 - 11:15 pm

Cyndi - What a beautiful tribute to your Pap! And what a legacy you are leaving your children in your written word and beautiful photos!

December::Iphone:2015

sicky-poo, “i train ninjas”…first snow

beauty…2nd grade star…music program

family tree selfie…tree ‘cutting’…that’s the one

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nutcracker play…death of a nutcracker…will’s turn

in all her glory…this is christmas…painting class

artist…finished product…wow!

dec15-2elf shop gifts…good lookin kids…love these three

mama and kids…grandma and kids…the palace

mama and me at nutcracker…piano recital…talented kids

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anna…cate…will’s kinder program

cheering section…our little guy…lunch selfie

i love love love the LIGHT at christmas…last day…daddy’s girlsdec15-4cookie day…icing…hope santa likes sprinkles

games…swim…best daddy

bubble boy…lots of fun…christmas eve bike ridedec15-5

dec15-10christmas eve family…my love…christmas eve at grandmas

will’s pretty lisa…cousins…cousins-mini

our gram…cookies out for santa…christmas morningdec15-6

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torture tradition…waiting…come on!!

santa came…love this time…happy girl

happy…beautiful mess…cousins at nanasdec15-7dec15-13

lucky kids…star wars…play time

AG kind of xmas…christmas day play…corey’s christmas ham

christmas sunset…love…great end to the daydec15-8

dec15-14anniversary…like peas and carrots…happy kid

new years…slefies…the boys

the girls…the gang…the grown-upsdec15-9

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{Cate} is Ten!

10 years old.  Daily, this beauty’s father and I look at her in awe.  She is kind, funny, sweet and smart. She is all that we could have ever hoped for and more.  Though we have a hard time wrapping our minds around the fact that our baby girl is 10, we couldn’t be more thrilled with getting to experience every phase of this wonderful life alongside her.

For her birthday, she wanted go back to her city of birth, Cincinnati! There are lots of iphone pics of that sweet trip here.  We have so many people who helped us celebrate this double-digit birthday, and we are so very grateful to you all.

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It took us a while to think of the most fitting 10-year-old-photo-shoot-idea, but once we did…it was perfection. Cate loves anything to do with fashion and shopping.  She is always putting together cute outfits and loves to accessorize.  🙂  So, birthday photos could only be one place…the mall!cate10-26cate10-25

My fave ♥cate10-24cate10-23cate10-22cate10-21cate10-20cate10-19cate10-18cate10-17cate10-16cate10-15cate10-14cate10-13cate10-12cate10-11cate10-10cate10-9Cate and I had a blast with this shoot. And she was so brave modeling in the middle of a crowded mall. cate10-8cate10-7cate10-6cate10-5cate10-4cate10-3Happy birthday, baby.  We love you so. cate10-1cate10-2

December 30, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Aunt Amy - You are just too cute and so stylish Cate. Come style Aunt Amy anytime!

December 30, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Jen Shankleton - These are the best! What a fun day. Happy Birthday, Cate!

December 31, 2015 - 1:03 am

Shari Schwab - She is a beautiful girl. That skinny little body and gorgeous face…..she is def model material! Love all the photos Jaime. Your fav is the best, I agree. Xoxo

December 31, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Aunt Nanc' - Great shoot!
Beautiful subject.
Love the sass!
xo

February 3, 2016 - 6:34 pm

Cate star of the shoot - Wow mom. This turned out good. I love what you said about me. Thanks for making this fun photo shoot happen. -Cate 🙂

November::iphone:2015

girls night at school…hula-hooper…my girls

best friends…he’s fierce…wish lists

docking his boat…buddies…the fam

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sunshine…family selfie…good morning

crazy kids…funny boy…playing in the leaves

her creation…piano performance…how we roll (in a minivan)

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baby raybans!!…papa’s birthday…singers concert

ice cream after…too cool for school…hard worker

best part of the day…spa day…nana’s birthday treatnoviphone-3

novblog15-1pedi…mani…happy girl

so relaxing…birthday party…grace!

make a wish…western day…thanksgiving tablenoviphone-4

feast for families…thanksgiving dinner…such good helpers

finally printed anna and will’s baby pics…budding artist…my girl

my man…night out…thanksgiving lunchnoviphone-5

turkey’s ready…thanksgiving kitchen…our first house

cate’s birthday tour stop 1…skyline…cate’s first breath was here

my baby…10 years together…ucnoviphone-6

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proud papa…family uc selfie…future bearcat

droppin some knowledge…rissa!! and her babies!!!…more wishes

dance party…the boys…the girlsnoviphone-7

aquarium…birthday girl…touch tank

silly dude…pretty girl…whoa

lots to see…funny family…sharksnoviphone-8

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walking over the shark tank…CATE is 10!!!…cate and mama

hotel surprise…swim…best buddies

jump…birthday dinner…donuts in bednoviphone-9

novblog15-5elevator races…views from our room

c and c!!!…more wishes from special friends…the girls

new buddies…abby! and me! and our kids! together!…sicky-poonoviphone-10What a great November we had. It was full of fun, family and friends. Thanksgiving was peaceful and full of love. And! Our baby Cate turned 10! We had SO many people help us with celebrating her birthday this year and we truly can’t thank you ALL enough. Cate’s birthday pictures coming soon,

October::iphone:2015

baking sisters…the real reason i went back to teaching…sicky-poo

game under the umbrella…last one…baker

the scene…233 s. college…missed this lady

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trip to BGSU…always a falcon…kids loved the campus

campus…meant a lot to have my family at BG…the COLLEGE FRESHMAN!

pollyeyes trip…the haul home…fall colorsoct_iphone15-11

playoff game…fire time…our very own jack j

exploring…gorge…kids in the rocks

they loved it…family selfie…the falls

oct_iphone15-12oct_iphone15-1more falls…more rocks…cute kids

girls shopping day…lunch sillies…practice

conferences, corey eating will’s snacks…pillow fight…we ♥ fridaysoct_iphone15-13oct_iphone15-2friday night…he loves to color (now)…corey’s new toy

friend halloween…lenhart kid photo-shoot…the scene

oops…date night…beer flightoct_iphone15-14love these kids…oct_iphone15-3kingsway pumpkin farm

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more pumpkin farm funoct_iphone15-16oct_iphone15-4oct_iphone15-5corn maze and pumpkin carvingoct_iphone15-17oct_iphone15-6

spooky house…spooky pumpkins…spooky new hardware

pretty picture…silly boy…she’s still my baby

cate and cam…little pumpkin…halloween partyoct_iphone15-18serenade from miss nichole (picking christmas music)oct_iphone15-7class party…trick or treat…we love to dress up

the fam…the crew…they love their chelle

cousins…sword fight…nana and papaoct_iphone15-19oct_iphone15-8