This is my 10th post of 2016. That's beyond understanding for me. I have spent years documenting the milestones and memories of my sweet family, and this year I have been off my game. Not to worry, Facebook to the rescue because I can do that on the spot, but it takes time to sit down and write...What is this thing called time? So.Much.Has.Happened this year. So.Much. and I've done a terrible job capturing those moments with my words. But don't worry, there are thousands of pictures!
This is what it means to be a mother of three. To live in the moment and worry about writing later.
Connor finally received his Kindergarten diploma in the mail, and Aunt Kaitlyn got her first car! Milestones I tell you. So much to celebrate!
Kinzey got to go on her very first airplane ride the first weekend of September, and it was a whirlwind yet again. Our goal was to House Hunt and though we looked at plenty of houses, we didn't find The One just yet. But it did give us a good idea of where we wanted to live, and what aspects we wanted in the home we were going to buy. It was good homework for us.
While we were there, we got the news that Great Grandpa Ernie had passed away, and my heart broke in pieces to be so far away from my family, and yet rejoiced that we had made it a priority to go and visit him back in July. I am blessed that I had such a wonderful Grandpa that I got to spend so much time with growing up, and that my children were able to meet and love. Connor was very upset by the news. I cried and cried, and at that point, was ready to go home. One more piece of my dad was gone in that moment too. Grandpa Ernie lived an amazing life though and it needs to be recognized and celebrated, not mourned. Three months later and it still feels like it just happened, but I get to have a piece of him with me though, because I have his hands.
Ernest Harlan Guise, 96, of Boca Raton, passed away peacefully in his summer home overlooking Lake Glenville on Sunday, September 4. Born in Gustavus, Ohio, he was preceded in death by his wife Frances, parents Harry and Mary Guise, brothers Carleton and Francis (Bud), sisters Dorothy and Nellie (Allday), and son Gary. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jo Ann Guise, sons Rodney (Lynn), Jack (Carol), Curtis (Beverley), 13 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. During WWII Ernie attended Embry Riddle,entered the Civil Service as an aircraft mechanic at Egland Field, and was an assistant foreman at Grenada Army Air Base, MS In late 1943 he joined the Air Force Cadets and for over 2 years he served at several military fields and bases where he received his wings. He was discharged from the Air Force on his birthday in 1946. He studied architecture and business administration under the GI bill and worked in construction, real estate, and investing. He developed Li'l Switzerland subdivision in 1959 on Lake Glenville in the mountains of western North Carolina. Ernie enjoyed golf, boating, water-skiing, fishing, motorcycling, dancing, travel, and helping to raise pups for Canine Companions for Independence. A funeral service will be held at Advent Lutheran Church, 300 East Yamato Rd. Boca Raton, FL on Sept. 10, viewing at 10, service at 11.