I apologize to everyone that has entered, but I need to extend the contest by a week. Instead of ending August 8th, it will end August 15th. I apologize with all my heart but I recieved some news this morning that has caused this decision. Please read further for more details
I woke up this morning to a gorgeous day. For once Washington didn't have this disgusting muggy grossness covering it. I was happy with it for about an hour until I received a call from my mother.
My Grandfather has been fighting Liver Cancer with our knowledge for about 4 months now. He'd stopped eating 10 days ago, and this morning lost the battle with his cancer. He passed away quietly in sleep at roughly 3am CST. He was at home and comfortable surrounded by pictures of his family just as he wanted to be. I will be leaving tomorrow on a plane at Noon to head back to Wisconsin for his funeral, hence my needing to extend the giveaway. I will also update the Giveaway post to reflect this.
That's about it. I do want to say something in honor of my grandpa because he is an amazing man. He served is WWII with the Army's Airborne division. He was a father of 3, who claimed 2 additional children on top of those 3 as his own during his divorce to ensure no children he saw as part of his family were labeled as "bastard children" and teased/ridiculed over that for the rest of their lives. He was a weekend alcoholic, which is what caused his divorce, but cleaned up as soon as he realized what was going on. He was a loving man who owned a bakery, who when I was a baby held me, and changed my diapers and sang to me. He had a stroke when I was a baby so I never got to know him very well. He lost his memory of me somewhat, and never knew my name. He barely recognized my mom from time to time. I still visited when I could. He didn't care who I was, but he loved me, and cared about me. He was the best I could ask for. Even if he didn't remember me
He loved me, no matter who I was. He didn't care what I'd done, who I would become, but he loved me unconditionally. That is what matters. Grandpa Pionke- You mean the world to me even though you are gone, and I love you, no matter what.