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April 22, 2013 / Ingrid

Grandpa ~ Buddy ~ Food Man

Jesse laughing so hard about his Grandpa, he can hardly speak! LOL!

Jesse & Grandpa
Jesse and his Grandpa Gary have had a very special relationship since day one. The year Jesse was born we were living in Miami, Florida, which was only two hours across Alligator Alley to Grandpa and Grandma’s Ft. Myers Beach home. They were with us for the births of both children, always willing to do whatever was needed. Jesse spent a lot of time on Ft. Myers Beach, running around on the beach, swimming, going to Hooter’s which I wasn’t too excited about but then it just seemed to become their place. Jesse loved the boneless BBQ wings.

When we moved to Canon City, Colorado, Grandpa came with his toolbox in hand and built the coolest giant tree house in our backyard. It was very high but Jesse felt very safe when he would sleep in it overnight and really loved to eat his breakfast cereal in the morning up in the tree. When we moved to Sandstone, Minnesota, Grandpa build him a bike ramp. Jesse loved to jump his bike…the faster, the higher, the better! Then, when we moved to Castle Rock, Colorado, Grandpa built him an awesome clubhouse with open windows and a sweet roof. Jesse absolutely loved helping hammering the big nails and building his own space. Timberlake, North Carolina was our next home. There Grandpa and Jesse, together, built a squirrel hunters dream of a tree stand in our back woods. He loved to hang out up there, reading, texting and shooting those squirrels.

Another special bond they had was baseball. Grandpa always loved the game and Jesse started playing a little later than most. It was in North Carolina that Jesse came into his own. Initially, he was a bench warmer, tried playing different positions but was best on First base and as a closing pitcher. Eventually, the coaches put him in as a primary pitcher, a side-arm natural. Grandpa and Grandma would drive 12 hours from Michigan, frequently, to attend baseball games and be a part of the kids’ lives.

I thank God for our move to Michigan in 2011, especially after Jesse’s diagnosis in December. I don’t know what we would have done without their help. It was during this time Grandpa and Jesse’s bond truly strengthen. He was with Jesse from the beginning of his diagnosis to the very end and spent many, many nights in the hospital. Jesse loved having Grandpa stay with him cause he always brought the food, the laughter and would get movies from Blockbuster.

Thank you Dad for all that you’ve done for Jesse since day one and for all you continue to do for Savannah and our family! You will always be his grandpa, buddy and best cook…especially the ham & red eye gravy meal! We all love you!
Nathan, Jesse, Grandpa Jesse and Grandpa ingrid 896 KY PreTrip Photo
Diffin Family Christmas 2012
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  1. Steve Adams / Apr 23 2013 7:02 am

    Grandpa’s and Grandma’s are the best!!!


  2. Steve Adams / Apr 23 2013 7:05 am

    What a great video….brings about lots of tears, but happy one’s……


  3. Diane Snellenberger / Apr 23 2013 1:46 pm

    I’ll just bet you just made your dad’s day and your mom’s. I didn’t know my grandpa’s, one not at all because he had already gone on and the other not for very long, but I absolutely loved my grandma’s.
    Grandparents are the best and I am now in the catagory and I love it! It’s such a blessing they were so close.


  4. Helen Morill / Apr 23 2013 6:31 pm

    What sweet memories and a great grandpa!!! Thanks so much f or sharing.

    Helen Morrill, St. Petersburg, FL


  5. Kenzie / Apr 23 2013 9:27 pm

    Ohhh that uncontrollable laugh <333


  6. Tillie Bryan / Apr 24 2013 12:06 pm

    Good to see pictures of Andrea and Gary again. Takes me back to our special times in
    Ft. Myers Beach, where we had a condo and befriended them. What a blessing to have
    grandparents and parents that care. May God’s peace enfold all the family during your
    time of grieving.
    Our granddaughter Hanna Bryan remembers playing with Jesse and Savannah when they
    visited us at the beach. She is a Freshman at Eastern Kentucky Univ.


  7. nick / Jun 23 2013 8:37 am

    thank you 4 the video love you guys god bless you


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