I was perusing my flickr stream (as I often do these days) and decided to add some photos to a set for a slideshow. My goal is for a new slideshow semi-regularly. My plan was to actually present the slideshow through flickr’s slideshow, but for some reason I can’t get the flickr embed code to work in wordpress. Instead, I present to you my own slideshow (with music) from Windows Movie Maker (Muvee hasn’t been reinstalled yet). I have also cross-posted this entry at my brand new photography blog (which is also linked in the sidebar).

Here are my beautiful young cousins over the last few years… my goodness! So grown up!

“And oh how the years go by
And oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

And if we lose our way
Any night or day
Well we’ll always be
Where we should be
I’m there for you
And I know you’re there for me”
~Amy Grant, “Oh How The Years Go By”

Any of you checking in to click that lovely tab at the top, “Training Progress,” will have noticed it has stalled at Week 4 (the week ending on June 14th). We didn’t have a group swim practice on the 16th which was the last day I was in San Diego.

My training has been minimal in the last two weeks. I’ve ridden my bike a couple of times. I’ve gotten in the pool once. “He’s gone.” When I heard those words nearly two weeks ago, time stood still. The last two weeks have been a roller coaster. Hours were spent looking at pictures, scanning pictures, retouching pictures and setting them to music. Cut the music. Arrange the photos. Honor Grandpa. Time was spent with family… siblings, parents, grandparent, cousins, aunt, and uncle. We talked about Grandpa. We talked about life. We relived all the moments we could remember.

Tomorrow, steady and hard training will resume. I’ll push play on the real world. Life will continue.

Tonight though, I’m still at home. Tonight, I’ll continue to store up those memories to carry me through my training… to carry his love for me through my life.

I’ve embedded that video. It’s in two parts because YouTube doesn’t take videos that big. Also, in trying to make it small enough for the internet, the quality… well, the sound is scratchy and quiet now. The pictures are sort of blurry. Maybe you can get an idea though… of the wonderful life my grandpa led.

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