There are so many amazing memories with my dad. I remember him taking us across diamond lake in the row boat. We called it turtle hunting. We would scoop up the turtle in a net and bring it back to our side of the lake. Occasionally he would let us take one home to keep as a pet.
His most recent turtle mishap was when he pulled one off of the side of the road. He came back to the house and informed us that the turtle was lost behind the console and dashboard. Later that day my nephew had to rescue the turtle and release him.
He shared his love of animals with the grandkids as well. He recently bought them a pony, a couple pigmy goats, a couple turkeys, rabbits and multiple chickens. He has enjoyed watching them show rabbits in 4H.
And it warms our hearts to see the pride in his face when watching the grandkids at their sporting events and other activities. After each game you can hear him asking them if they had fun and if they played their best. And occasionally he would offer a bit of advice.
We will all miss having him here but will cherish the memories that we have with him. ♥