If you’re a regular reader here you likely know that Georgia is my two-year-old granddaughter. She’s our oldest, Kelli’s, little girl. I’ve told you all before that she has a determined stubborn streak and can be really challenging at times. On the flip side, she can be super sweet sometimes too.
For those of you who don’t know, Georgie was born in March of 2019. Kramer, my husband, who Georige calls Papa Moo, was in the middle of his lung cancer treatments at the time. Georgie was a real bright spot to us both during that time. Sadly Kramer died in June when Georgie was only 3 months old.
The other day on Facebook Kelli wrote:
“Ever since Georgie has been able to understand the fun of grandparents, we have always talked about Papa Moo. We talk about how he used to live at Grandma Joey’s house, how he was a farmer and liked blue tractors but had a red feeder wagon like Jason (her Dad), and how he loved cake and ice cream. While that part has been fun, we have also talked lots about how he was very sick, wore oxygen and had an ouchie neck, and had to wear a brace. We have always been upfront and honest about how he went to heaven to live with Jesus when he died. We have gone on a walk to see his rock (gravestone) which has led to her request to go on walks quite regularly to see his “rock.”
She often asks me to look at pictures of them on my phone and to read the book about him that mom made. So today when she came up to me to tell me her neigh ( her stuffed animal horse) was sick and mentioned papa moo and “sesas” it took me a while to put together that her horse was very sick and went to heaven to live with Papa Moo and Jesus.
I am so glad that she wants to talk about him and knows that he lives in heaven, but it absolutely breaks my heart that pictures and stories are all that she will have.”
It breaks my heart too but I’m so proud of my kids that they still make Papa Moo part of the kids’ lives.
My cousin recently lost her husband and she has little grandbabies too. Both of us lamented how hard it is that our grandkids won’t remember their grandpas like we wish they did. I suggested to her that she make a book with pictures like I did for the grandkids.
I’ll admit, making it was very therapeutic for me…and also, it’s been awesome for the grandkids. Carver acts like he remembers a lot about Kramer but much of what he recalls as memories actually came from the book.
Here are a few excerpts from the book.
You can see the whole book HERE.
I made the book online through Shutterfly. The books aren’t hard to make. Admittedly, time-consuming, but not hard. To print the books I waited until there was a 50% off coupon on books and I ordered them then.
It was super hard to read the first few times to the kids but, with practice, I can read it without tearing up. Even if you do tear up, no worries, when the kids see your tears, it just reinforces how much we all loved Papa Moo.
The books only ended up being $18 a piece or something like that. I ordered them for all of the grandkids so they could have their own copy. I am going to order some for Eli and Emmett and Lilly next time there is a good sale. I want all of the grandkids to have their own copy.
If you are ever ordering through Shutterfly, search online for coupons as you can apply several to one order.
If you have lost a loved one and have little ones around that might benefit from a photo book, I highly recommend making one. You don’t need to use an ABC format. I did as it helped me with prompts to figure out what to write about. It was like writing an outline before actually writing a book. They have many templates for making a book with many different color schemes.
I’m so glad I took the time to make the books. It really helps our adult kids to be able to talk to their children about their Dad…and it really helps our grandkids get to know the Grandpa they missed out on knowing in person.