I mean look at this guy. He was always a good time.
Grandpa's passing brought all of the family together. On Memorial Day we had a barbecue and got to know Grandpa's brothers and sister.
What? Our tenderhearted Grandpa? We couldn't help but giggle a little about that one.
Grandpa was also a decorated war veteran. He received a Purple Heart during his service in the Korean War. Those years must have left some very deep emotional wounds as well. He wouldn't talk about his military service much.
Noah is learning that his second cousins are a silly bunch and had a good time playing and watching them.
Each of the great grandkids took a minute to draw or write a little something to be put in the casket.
Grandpa's four daughters shared stories about him when they spoke at his funeral.
Noah loves 'Grandpa Peevee' We explained to him that Grandpa went to be with Heavenly Father and Jesus, and just like we only see them in pictures, we can only see Grandpa in pictures now too.
And Luke will definitely hear stories in the coming years about his sweet great grandpa.
After the burial, we went back to the church for lunch. Yes, funerals are a time for grieving, but it sure is special and uplifting to spend time with the people you love most.
Noah gave Uncle K.C. a 'monster hug' before he headed back to BYU.
It was all too soon that we were giving lots of hugs and saying good-bye to everyone. K.C. was leaving, Birons were heading back to Bakersfield and Becky and Terry had to catch their flight to Cleveland. Life goes on. But as it does, I'm grateful that we carry with us tender memories of Grandpa and that our boys literally are a little piece of him. Oh, how we hope to teach them to be like him in so many ways!