GRANDPA!

In honor of Insta Great-Gram Day” and “Celebrate the Proclamation on the Family” week, I am sharing the one and only picture I have of my Grandfather.

Thomas Ellis

It is very sad that this previously torn picture is the only photo that ANYONE I know has of him. What is even more sad, is I have absolutely NO information about him.  I have no idea what he was like! I know nothing about his personality!  I have no stories about him! I know nothing – except his name and how he died.

He is my father’s father and he died in a coal mining accident when my dad was just 3 and my aunt was a baby. Since my grandmother and my father have also passed, and my aunt was too young to remember him, and I know of no other remaining family members – my grandfather has been lost to me.

I know, however, that I am not lost to my sweet grandpa! I know he knows me! I believe if he were alive when I was a child, he would have held me on his knee – and loved me! I believe that even though he is on the other side, he is still my grandfather – and therefore must still love me!

I cannot wait to meet him. I know he knows I love him too – just because he’s mine. I cannot wait to see him on the other side – and finally say, “Grandpa?”

In the meantime, I will be passing on story after story of my FATHER to my CHILDREN, who also never knew their grandfather!  I will make sure they know what he was like, how he looked, how he walked, how he sounded! I will tell them how he LOVED children, especially his grandchildren! I will tell my son he got his grandfather’s hair! I will tell my daughter, she has his eyes! I will tell them how he lived and loved. I will make sure their grandfather does not feel lost to them.

I will make sure that when MY children meet THEIR grandfather on the other side, they will know him, and say….”Grandpa!”

Picture of Dad in the Army

 

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4 thoughts on “GRANDPA!

  1. Montserrat {Chocolate on my Cranium}

    Wow! Aren’t you thankful to know families are eternal? Keep searching. You might be surprised what you find. I have an old family Bible that doesn’t belong to our family (showed up at the church one day) so I’ve been researching and researching the people listed, slowly finding descendants, coming to know their stories just by census records, Military drafts, and obituaries. I have found some descendants – one who actively put her genealogy on Ancestry.com and will be sending her the Bible. If you need help or tips e-mail me!

    1. aprilm5@yahoo.com Post author

      Yes, I am so grateful to know the blessings of eternal families! I will definitely keep searching – thanks so much for the encouragement! My Friday mornings have been reserved for the past, oh, 10 or 12 years, to doing family history research and I still consider myself a beginner! It took about 4 of those years to even know who this grandfather’s grandparents were! When I found them, however,and my family was able to go to the temple for them, I could definitely feel the bonds of an eternal family. I know those bonds are real!

      Thank you so much for your kind comment! :)

    1. aprilm5@yahoo.com Post author

      Thank you Shaylee Ann. That means a lot! It is so interesting to me that I can love someone so much – whom I’ve never met! What a special time it will be when we are all reunited with our loved ones!

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