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Beautiful! Plain and simple. What wonder memories you have. Cherish them forever....

God Bless your grandparents! My Pap-Pap is 91, and still reminisices about his time overseas (with editing, I'm sure). I wish my Grandma was still here to share it with him.

Oh my. I am a new visitor lured here by one of my favorite blogs and you have taken my breath away. Thank you.

Such a sweet reminder of how important all these moments are :) You captured it all soo beautifully.

So beautiful.

I love this post. Its so perfect, and capturing those spaces is important. I've lost my grandparents' homes. They moved long before I ever got a camera and I miss those quiet spaces, the corners, the memories.

wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you so much for sharing your memories, it's touching to read it. Brings out a lot of memories with my own grandparents! :)

This is so sweet. Thanks for sharing your memories. I started to get teary eyed just seeing all of your photos that capture your grandparents. My grandparents had an organ at their house and I played it every time I visited too.

Crystal - This is beautiful! You will treasure this forever and so will your girls! My grandmother is 89, still at home and I can't wait to get back to TN to visit with her and do just this - catch the memories. Thank you for this tribute!

What amazing memories and images.
You make me feel like I should have gone around and taken more pictures of my Gran's house before we started moving everything to make room for her to be cared for at home. What was there when she died was only a shell of my memories and since her death, as my mother says, the "looting has begun." I think you should make this post into one of those photobooks or something :).

Oh, Crystal! I'm fighting back tears. What are you going to do with that chalkboard that still has Lora's writing on it?? Such a priceless treasure!

My Grandpap, 95, is recovering in a nursing home after having a tumor removed from his spine over Christmas. It's supposed to be temporary, but the chain reaction is keeping him there longer. I'm trying to come to terms with it, but being across the world makes it harder.

What a wonderful granddaughter you are! Keep snapping those photos! I'd love to see one of the back of the newspaper, by the way. ;-)

You have made me cry looking at this post. I only wish I had taken photos of my grandparents house. We still have the house but it has been totally renovated now, and once I am inside it doesn't feel the same (it does on the outside though). What beautiful memories you will have now for you and your children in years to come. Thank you for sharing :0)

This is such a beautiful post - and reminds me so much of my grandparent's house! Off to write them a letter...

Wow beautiful post! What a wonderful idea. I had a very close relationship with my grandparents, they passes away w/in 6 weeks of each other about 4 years ago. This really made me think of them, I wished we had taken pictures of their house, I can still picture how they had a lot of things all the time. Thank you for this!

What a wonderful and precious post. If only I had thought of that with my grandparents and parents. All I have are the pictures in my mind.

This is a wonderful idea. My grandparents moved out of their home rather abruptly while I was in college. I don't think I would have thought to take photos then anyway. But, reading this I realized I could recount their home room by room, fixture by fixture. The bathroom? Entirely pink - tiles, sink, toilet, fuzzy toilet seat cover and all.

This is one of my favorites of all your posts. It makes me homesick in so many ways.

so very sweet.

Crystal, this is really beautiful and touching. I especially like the pic of your grandpa and Lora and then almost the same one of Evyn and your grandpa ("found your nose"). You've really captured such great memories.

Really beautiful...

What a beautiful post. So nice to capture memories.

What a beautiful tribute to some lovely memories. I wish I had done something similar before my parents were gone.

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