Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandpa

My Grandpa, Roy.
The food spread was magnificent.

This is the cover of his book that we had printed on his cake.

Ms. Punch server.
Papa and his girls.
Roy and his "Girls".

Today was our big celebration. It was a grand success. Family came from hours away, and friends were everywhere. My grandpa was surrounded by love and friendship. I was so proud to call him mine. He was a little nervous at the size of the party, but at close to 100 people, we pulled it off without a glitch. The food was plentiful, the punch was delightful, and the cake was yummy and huge.

My Grandpa lives in a retirement community where he daily sees friends, eats a meal with them and usually has some form of entertainment or fellowship. He has lived there for almost eight years and really enjoys the camaraderie with others who have lived an adventurous life. He as a male is outnumbered by females about 4 to 1, so he is well taken care of, and kept on schedule for events and outings. His friends showed up today and were more than excited to extend their well wishes. They gave a rousing rendition of the Happy Birthday song.

One of the coolest parts to the party was having his book, Roamer, finished and printed. On each table we had put an excerpt of the book so that everyone could read portions of it. It was a big success. The crowd loved reading about his life. In the end his hesitancy in promoting the book at his party was overshadowed with pride of his accomplishments.

I love him dearly. He is a constant in my life. He loves me and his great grand girls with a steadfast love. My siblings are loved and supported too, because we are his. He is the kind of grandpa that you just want to squeeze, he is just so cute. He wanted to be in on all the details, and that alone was fun. He has given me some great qualities by his example, and I was proud to host his 90th party.


Jeanne said...

That is way too sweet, Jill! I have to be honest. I had a very hard time reading the rest of the post without laughing after seeing the Roy and "His Girls" shot! Everything looks wonderful! You are a perfect Grand-DAUGHTER! Oh, and he seems like the real ladies man

The Cannon Chronicles said...

Wow 90th Birthday! What a celebration! It looks like you pulled off an excellent party to honor him!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

So I see that you came by your writing skills honestly! What an awesome tribute to a man who has clearly led a full life. I hope that when I'm 90, that I'll be just as spry and full of energy!


The Light's, party of 4 said...

Looks like a great success and I would not have expected anything less coming from you. I'm glad the day was perfect.