Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Birthday PaPa

Here is the patriarch of our family. He is affectionately called "PaPa". The granddaughters have perfected his name to "Paawww Paawww", drawn out slowly and with the twang that no one can refuse, especially a grandpa! PaPa will do anything for his granddaughters, he loves them dearly. The boys who are now mostly teenagers call him "Pops". They inherited a love for the outdoors from him and through the years, have spent many hours walking in the woods, fishing and just being outdoors with Pops.

Recently we took PaPa out to dinner for his birthday. Here is Papa and Nana. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and time of fellowship with them that evening.

I found a few photos of PaPa where he likes to be best - outdoors and with his sons: (there are four sons total, he has lots of experience with boys!)

Here are some pictures from our dinner:

This is my middle son, waiting on the deck:

Here is part of my bunch waiting for a table. Right after this they made me put the camera away!

PaPa is a blessing to our family and we are very thankful for him. He leads and guides the family with a love for God, integrity, faithfulness and fun. He never meets a stranger but always has a kind word for those he knows and also for those he doesn't know! Without being intrusive, he keeps up with each family's activities and truly cares and shows support for each one, oh, by the ways, that is about 21 people! So although his special day is past, we love you PaPa and look forward to sharing many more birthdays with you!

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