Pop in Five or More…

These two…always the best when they were together. Together for 70 years before our mom died. My Pop has been fragmented ever since our mom died on their 70th wedding anniversary, September 13, 2013. They could communicate well in Russian with each other. None of us kids are fluent so he’s lost that aspect of his daily life. We’ve all tried to support him in his sorrow. He would love to be reunited with mom and His Savior. But…until then we try to keep him looking up and staying in the light. Can you imagine sharing life together with someone for 70 years and then trying to live on your own?

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Pop lives with our oldest sister’s family now. God bless her and her family for being there daily for our Pop. He has a special buddy in our dear niece Miss on the right in the photo above. Our sister Lana tries to visit regularly while she is in Southern California. I love the photo above of the 3 musketeers.

My Pop loves eating breakfast out but nowhere fancy please! He likes Denny’s or a similar spot where he can get his 2 eggs sunnyside up, with hashbrowns, sausage links and a cup of coffee. Oh yes…white toast only!

For lunch if you are going to take him out he enjoys a hamburger at the Habit. If you order or bring in a pizza he does not want thin crust healthy nonsense. Bring on the dough and all the good toppings, please.

Our best purchase ever was this recliner that he tells me every time he sees me in person that he loves. Thank you Lyena for my chair.

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His latest sweet great granddaughter Eleanor. He thinks she’s the best.

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No birthday cake just bring him a cherry pie!

mohai32His last sibling that is alive today. Aunt Anna and Pop live a few miles from each other. She lives in a senior care home. They talk most every day for about 30 seconds top. That’s another thing about Pop all you need is about 30 seconds a week to stay connected. He does not talk long on the phone!

These are some of Pop’s grandchildren with their spouses. He has many others and a very cool thing I’ll share about my Pop is that he gets down on his knees every night and prays out loud for each of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

14102866_10210003724114352_4882991501142410829_oMy niece captured this image of our Pop on his knees praying. Although my Pop and Mom had a language challenge in communicating with us children and grandchildren they showed us all love in different ways. My mother expressed her love through her cooking and preparing meals for us. Our Pop expressed his love in working hard all his life to provide our basic needs. Both my Mom and Pop prayed for each of us every day. These days if our Pop feels his bank account has more money than he needs he gives us some extra cash. My parents always lived with the bare necessities. Another thing my Pop would want you to know is that he is a sinner like the rest of us and that he has been saved by grace. He’s not perfect but he loves God and is grateful for all that God has done for him.

My Pop turned 93 in May of this year. We thank God for Him and how God has blessed him and kept him all these years.

Although my post is not a clear 5, I’m linking up to Five on Friday with Amy at Love Made My Home and for Friday’s Fave Five with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

18 thoughts on “Pop in Five or More…

  1. 70 years with someone would make losing them very hard, indeed. Your Pop looks wonderful and very loved by such a big family. What a testimony his life has been; a sinner saved by grace. He has the assurance that he will be reunited with his loved ones in Heaven. I know you all treasure his prayers. Thank you for sharing such an awesome Pop.

  2. What a sweet post! I can’t imagine living with someone for 70 years and then suddenly not having them. My husband and I have been married for half that long, and it would be hard even at that stage! And then losing the only person he could speak his first language with. Glad he’s doing so well. He’s a man of simple tastes. Love that last dear photo especially.

  3. Awww I love reading about your dear pop Ellen! He seems like such a sweetheart. Roger’s grand-father lived to 92 and he also just wanted to leave and be with the Lord. What a beautiful legacy he and your mom have given your family. Thanks so much for posting about him!

  4. This is a wonderful tribute to your dear Pop. He and your mother had a wonderful life story together. It’s nice to hear that your family is helping him see life is still worth living. That’s a great photo of him with baby Eleanor. You can see the love shining in his eyes 😉

  5. What a Beautiful, loving blog about your beloved Pop and family! I look forward to reading your blog about your wonderful family and life in Washington state! Lovely family pictures especially of your Mom and Pop! God has truly Blessed your family! It is refreshing and reaffirming to see a family living their faith! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Oh Ellen, the photo of Pop’s on his knees brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart. Your pop sounds like my kinda man. I’d love to join him for the breakfast he likes so much. I love eggs sunny side up. What a beautiful tribute to this special man.
    Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

  7. Your Pop is a wonderful treasure! I am so sorry he lost your Mom on their 70th Anniversary…I know how sad and disjointed he must feel. He looks like an amazing person, and I would love to know him! How wonderful he is surrounded by such loving family members!

  8. I hadn’t realized that your Pop no longer has anyone to speak Russian with regularly. Another aspect of loss when he lost your dear mother. Love these tributes you have for your loved ones.

  9. This was the best FFF i’ve read this week. It brought tears to my eyes as your pop is so much like my daddy…minus the Russian language. My dad is simply lost with out my mom…they were together just shy of 60 years of marriage when she died suddenly. He became very socially isolated (we live in a different part of NY so can only get out there a few times a year and his grief brought on dementia according to his doc. We got him into a nursing home where he seems to be doing better and has a social life now. God bless you and your pop. I LOVE the photo of him praying…reminds me soooo much of my dear dad.

  10. Oh my. This post brought a tear to my eye. What a wonderful post honoring your pop. I smiled at his food choices, I totally agree with the white toast! And the picture of him praying..oh my, what a great blessing to his family!

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