Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tribute to My Dad-Part 1

In order to break through my "writer's block" at trying to compose a tribute worthy of the 77yrs. my Dad lived here on this earth, I've decided that I need to break things down into shorter posts...otherwise I'll just keep procrastinating and never put it all together.

So, I'd like to begin with a composition my youngest son wrote back in December for a writing assignment.  He had to interview someone in the family, ask them specific questions, and then compose a short biography about that person...He chose my Dad. 

I think this will give you a little glimpse into how my Dad was perceived by his grandchildren.  We also had this read at his memorial service.

 Here is "Grandpop" with some of his grandchildren
(This was taken last year when Nadia had only been on U.S. soil for 3 days)


The Biography

My grandfather, Glenn Paul, is almost 77 yrs. old and has lived all of his life in Pennsylvania. He was

raised by wonderful Christian parents and had some funny and scary encounters as a kid. One of them

was when he and his friends were stealing tomatoes from a farmer’s field and the farmer shot at them.

He was so scared he peed in his pants.

Some of the things that changed his life were the Great Depression and when he fought in the

Korean War. When he came back from the war his parents had given his car to his brother which didn’t

make him mad but he had to buy another car even though money was scarce.

His love for music made my grandfather one of the best trumpet players I know. He also sings in a

barber shop quartet at his church. He honors God with his musical talents.

He was helped by God when he didn’t know which path to take and God showed him the right path.

Something that helped him in his life is that he loves to listen to people so that he could understand

more things. God has blessed him with my Nonna, 4 wonderful daughters and 10 wonderful

grandchildren. His advice for my life is that I should take my time and chose a God honoring solution for


I enjoy my grandfather because he is so loving and funny. I like when he tells us stories about when

he fought in the war and when he had funny experiences in his life. He even showed us videos of when

he fought in the war. I’m glad that he is my grandfather. He is the best one in the world.


  1. awe...beautiful post. Beautiful tribute from a grandson.

    He sounded a bit like my dad in the beginning...you know, stealing tomatoes and all ;) But he turned into a very honorable and Godly man...one anyone would be proud to call Dad...or Grandpop :)

    Thinking of you all.

  2. What a great description of your Dad by your son!!! Grandpop would be proud, Kristin!!!

  3. What a great post. Sounds like a great man.

    Hope Nadia is recovery nicely.

  4. What a beautiful tribute to your father! You have a very wise son.

  5. Oh Kristin, this is such a beautiful tribute to your dad. I'm finally catching up on your past posts and I'm so sorry to read that your precious father passed away in March. My mother died several years ago and losing a parent is one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with. I'm so glad that he lived long enough to meet your sweet Nadia.

    Michael did a wonderful job giving us a glimpse of the legacy that his dear grandfather left behind. May God give you peace and comfort as you grieve the loss of your dad and celebrate the blessing that he was to you.

    Much Love,

  6. This is a beautiful tribute to your father. What a blessing he was to his grandchildren, and this is so beautifully written by your son, something you can always treasure.

  7. Oh my....how did I miss this????

    What a beautiful tribute to his Grandpop. I'm all teary. So special, my friend. Definitely something that you will always treasure.

    I love the pic of your sweet Dad with all his angels around him...one day to be reunited again. We're busy reading "Heaven is for real". Have you read it? It's the sweetest book--a four year old boy who Jesus took to heaven. The books speaks much about the glorious reunion we get when we enter the gates of heaven.

    Can you just imagine? Grandpop will be waiting there with arms open and that sweet smile.......