Tag Archives: grandpa

I heart Florida

5 Apr

After spending a few days with them in Florida, I think that my parents are the luckiest people.

Their lake house is amazing- overlooking the water, surrounded by forest, and enveloped by the sounds of exotic birds. Simply lovely. Totally relaxing. And the best getaway we’ve had in awhile.

Don’t we look happy and relaxed on the boat?

Okay, Henry hated the boat. Too much wind. Too much life vest.

This is a more telling photo of our time on the boat…

But it got better. He just needed his grandpa…


And while Deron and I spent a night near the coast, Henry got some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa.

They communed with nature and played in some mud…

Ate some delicious food…

And had some drinks on the water.

Thanks Mom and Dad for the wonderful vacation. And for the photos.


A life remembered

6 Dec

Hey everyone,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days.

Our family recently received some sad news- Deron’s dad passed away this weekend. His health had been declining for awhile and while his death was not unexpected, it is nonetheless surprising. Deron misses his dad but is strong as always. SUPER big hugs for him.

And as our family recovers from this sudden change, it has become increasingly important for us to pause and remember Jon’s life. Based on Deron’s recollections and the stories pouring in from friends and family, a few things have become quite clear to me:

Jon was a hero

He volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Even though the University of Florida had recruited him to play baseball, he chose to serve his country. Honorable indeed.

Jon was a legend

He worked for many, many years in the Yuma school district as a teacher and principal. He was the kind of teacher that everyone loved. He was the kind of teacher that students remember forever. The kind that teased you, made you do silly things, but taught you to have fun with learning. His also worked tirelessly to improve the quality of education for immigrant populations, advocating for year-round schooling.

Jon was very proud of his son

While not an effusive person, Jon had  a way of radiating love and admiration for his son. Every time we met, he’d give a little half smile and would hug Deron tight.

Jon was excited to be a grandpa

He wanted a grandchild SO MUCH. During the early years of our marriage, Jon advocated strongly for a grandchild, every single time we saw him. We finally had a kid after five years of marriage and introduced Henry to Jon.

Here is a picture from Jon’s visit in February:

Lastly, Jon will be missed. Very, very much.