Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Grandpa

On Saturday, March 8 my phone rang a little after 7:00am and it was my Dad calling, which immediately had me worried...he is much more of a texter and when he does call it's not at 7am.  That morning my Grandpa had passed away.  It was the news I was dreading...we knew it was coming, as his health was failing, but you're never really prepared to hear it.  I had gone to visit my Grandpa about 3 weeks before and it was so hard to see him that day, he couldn't talk, but did smile as I walked in the room.

I am SO, SO lucky to have SO many amazing memories of my Grandpa.  He was such a wonderful man.  Our hearts just break that he is no longer with us, but our hearts are so happy that he is in heaven with Grandma and "himself" again.

These pictures are from the Easter Seals dinner in October when Grandpa was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement award for all of his work with Easter Seals.  I was SO proud to be there that night and now even more so.

Thanksgiving 2013

The last precious picture I took of my Grandpa from Christmas Eve.  He was a very proud University of Delaware alum and LOVED his Blue Hens.  The kids and I picked out this sweatshirt for him...the 2nd to last time I visited him it's what he had on and our last words to each other were "I love you."  We have this sweatshirt now and it will be so special to us forever.

Thursday night was the viewing and the family was able to go to say good bye before everyone else...I can not tell you the peace I felt being able to kiss him one more time and talk to him.  Keith and I were both so glad we were able to do that.  Reagan went to the funeral with us on Friday, which she really wanted to do.  She was such a good girl and was giving everyone hugs to help them feel better.  Jamie was very sad and she went right over to her to hold her hand during the service, it was precious and might have added a few more tears!

Grandpa was just such a great man, we will all miss him sooooo very, very much.  As a friend reminded me, he left an amazing legacy behind and isn't that life is all about?!  So very true!

His Obituary:
James F. Kearns

AGE: 85 • Greenville

James F. Kearns, age 85, of Greenville, DE, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Stonegates.

Jim was born in Cleveland, OH, son of the late Allen and Mildred Kearns. He graduated from P.S. duPont High School in 1946 and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 1950. 

Jim worked for the DuPont Company for 41 years. He began his career in 1950 at the Waynesboro, VA textile fibers plant. During this assignment he met his love, Rita Lawless. Jim held various positions, in sales, marketing business management and sourcing, spending the bulk of his career in the Textile Fibers Department. In 1988 he was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President and a member of the DuPont Company Executive Committee. He retired from DuPont in 1990. He was especially proud to have been a third-generation DuPonter.

Jim generously volunteered his time and skills to helping others. He was a past member of the Boards of the University of Delaware, Philadelphia University, and the Independence School. He also was a member of the Board of Christiana Care Health System, as well as the Chairman of the Board and Founding Director of Exceptional Care for Children, a skilled nursing facility that serves technology-dependent children and their families in Delaware. His interest in helping the disabled and their families was a source of Jim's particular devotion to his work with Easter Seals of Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore, where he served as Chairman of the Board and was honored with both the National Easter Seals Volunteer Award and, in 2013, the Delaware Easter Seals Lifetime of Service Award. 

Jim was an avid golfer and card player, who cherished taking a few bucks from his friends on the course or at the poker or gin rummy table. He was also a proud and diehard Phillies and Eagles fan. 

Jim is predeceased by his beloved wife of 53 years, Rita Lawless Kearns, his brother Donald and his grandchildren Matthew and Molly Connell. He is survived by his daughter, Patti Connell and her husband Larry, of Hockessin, DE; sons James F. Kearns, Jr. and his wife Linda, of Hockessin, DE, and Thomas G. Kearns, of Lincoln University, PA; grandchildren Ryan (Megan), Ben and Spencer Connell, Emily and James Kearns III, Stephanie Kepplinger (Keith), Jamie Lee and Michael Kearns; and great-grandchildren Logan, Landon and Reagan. He is also survived by his friend Judy Sullivan.

The family would like to thank the amazing people at Stonegates who so lovingly cared for Jim for the last four years. They would also like to thank Jim's many friends whose visits and calls brought great joy to Jim in his final years.

Happy Birthday JJ!

Jamie turned THIRTY on March 7 and we had a busy weekend of fun planned!

Reaggie had a birthday party on Saturday at noon near preschool, so after we left we made a trip to Target, before meeting everyone for dinner at Outback!

JJ had two of her favorite helpers help blow out her candles!

Sunday we went to Mom and John's for a birthday celebration.  Keith took the kiddos ahead of time so I could get a LITTLE organization done at the house and then I met them there.  The kids and I just spent the night since school was the next morning...our house is 52 minutes from preschool, so staying there is a nicer drive!

pretty 30 year old!

We hope JJ had a special weekend!  Gran and Gramps were up for the day too!  Happy Birthday J!

New House!

We're IN!!!  We are BUSY, BUSY, BUSY getting all settled and unpacked, but we LOVE our new house!!

Saturday, March 1 - Even though we didn't close on Friday, as originally planned, the builder was nice enough to still let us in the house for the weekend to do some painting/electrical work.  Keith's dad drove down on Friday to help at the house all weekend...he is just the best :)  Saturday morning we all headed on over to the house to get busy.  We came armed with snacks, Barbies, and cars!  Landon and I made a Lowe's run and he got a little distracted on the tractors!

Heinz's finished pendant light project

He also installed two ceiling fans for us, in the morning room and family room

This sweet girl played so well...they both did!  Landon even slept in my closet, in the pack n' play that he is really getting too big for.  It was a quiet, dark worked :)

Landon's room looks just like it did in NC...even though he has NO recollection of his old room, isn't that sad?!

our new refrigerator was delivered on Saturday too!

Sunday, March 2 - This was adults only day...even though it was fun having the kids at the house on Saturday, we knew we'd be a little more productive without them.  My mom and John kept the kiddos for us and we were off to get things done!  Heinz and Keith's BIG project of the day was the garage door opener, they did it all and were successful!!!

My dad came and was put to work as Reaggie's room painter :) It is PINKALICIOUS pink!  We are so lucky to have such handy/helpful Dads!

Monday, March 3 - We, of course, had a snow storm that morning!  We weren't even sure if we'd be able to close or not because of the weather.  Mid-morning, just as we were about to go sledding, we got the call that we would close that afternoon!!!  YAY!

We had just signed all the papers!!  Yahoooooo!

Keith spent the night on an air matress at the house Monday night because the movers were coming first thing Tuesday morning.

Bins, bins, and more bins...everywhere!  Landon thought it was a great spot to do a little reading.  Sweet boy, he just LOVES to read...all the time!

silly girl :)

Tuesday, March 4 - MOVING DAY!  Mum-Mum and Pop-Pop were so nicely on kid patrol again on Tuesday so we could be unpacking as the movers brought everything in.

...and so it began...boxes cardboard jungle!!

The dishwasher just couldn't run fast enough...SOOO much stuff!

Keith wound up having a big meeting that afternoon, so I was unpacking solo, but I just stuck to the kitchen.  The kitchen and the kids rooms were top priority...we just had to get it liveable so we could sleep there on Wednesday night.  Thankfully I was able to find all the sheets so I could wash those at my mom's to bring on Wednesday after ballet.

Wednesday, March 5 - The kiddos had school and I was packing/cleaning machine.  I had serious work to do and had to do it all by 4:15 when we had to leave for ballet.  Landon man came to ballet and we came HOME after that.  We got home at about 6:40 and Keith had stopped at Chick-Fil-A for our dinner.  After dinner, we had to make beds and get everyone snuggly in their new rooms! (as I TRIED to NOT panic that my house was a DISASTER ZONE!!!)

Thursday, March 6 - unpacking, unpacking, and MORE unpacking!  Thankfully Keith took this day off to be at home to help with kids/unpacking!



these sticker dolls were a WONDERFUL activity for a little 4 year old I know...she designed some of the cutest outfits!  Perhaps she has a career in fashion ahead of her :)

We enjoyed our first "nice" dinner in our house Thursday night!

We are still working on getting a lot of unpacking done, but it's fun finding everything!