Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
My grandpa was an amazing man. He overcame so many obstacles throughout his long life. He was a very strong man who loved his family very much. He was always so happy and positive. He was so generous with all he had. My dad, brother, sister and I married into the Cochenour family when I was eight years old. I remember the first time I met them I asked them what we should call them. Grandma replied, "Well, Grandma and Grandpa, of course!" They were so welcoming and accepting of us. They never made us feel any different than any of the other grandkids. We were their grandkids too and that was that. I know that meant a lot to the three of us...and still means a lot to me today. Grandpa had the unique ability to make everyone he came in contact with feel special. That is something I will always remember; everytime I saw Grandpa he would tell me how special I was and to not forget it.
Grandma and Grandpa Cochenour had 8 kids, 35 grandkids and 55 great grandkids. I have very fond memories growing up with many cousins my age--all of whom unconditionally accepted us just like Grandma and Grandpa did. My favorite memories are of the yearly family campouts we had and the times when we just hung out at our grandparent's house--sleepovers on the trampoline, having water fights, playing Rook, making up extra verses to songs, or just talking. I am blessed to have such great cousins.
Mason, me, Cory, Larkin
These were the cousins that were my age (only Mandi is missing). We had a lot of fun growing up together. I am glad I get to see them and their families every now and then.
These are the older cousins that were at the funeral. It's been a long time since we've all been together. A lot of them came in from out of state. It was really great seeing everyone.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Cade has started drawing people. And they are adorable! I especially love the arms, fingers and legs. It's so fun to hang his drawings on the fridge. He's so proud of what he does. He knows how to write his name and this week started writing Myla and Dad.