When Ben was born and through about age 18 months he was the spittin’ image of his daddy at that age. But, as he’s grown and changed he has started looking a lot more like me and my side of the family, particularly the genes from my mom’s side. We’ve been saying for months (a year?) now that Ben looks like my grandpa, Riley Russell. Ben even has some of his mannerisms, which is so crazy because the two have never met this side of Eternity! Also, Ben is quite ornery, as was my grandpa and well, it’ll be interesting to see how the similarities continue. My mom ran across a photo of my grandpa at about age 6 or 7. The resemblance is uncanny. So, the first photo is of my grandpa and then the 2nd of Ben. I’ll have to do another comparison when Ben is 6/7.

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Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Today would have been my grandpa’s birthday. I have already mentioned what a wonderful man he is. (Click here to read about him.) He went home to be with the Lord on June 22 and has been greatly missed ever since. But! What a birthday to be having today! 🙂 I wonder what it’s like to celebrate one’s birthday in Heaven? Do you celebrate? Well, if you do, I’m sure it’s the best ever!

Typically we would celebrate my grandpa’s and cousin Steve’s birthdays at the same time. Steve’s is on Friday. I have a lot of memories of combined birthday parties. I’m guessing this will be a hard one for Steve this year.

Happy Birthday Grandpa! We love you so much and still miss you!

Riley Monroe Russell

I had wanted to add photos of my Grandpa in my last post but wasn’t able to. So, I thought I would share some of the ones I have now.

At Cora’s baby dedication in May

With his 4th great grandchild, Cora

Most of the family on 4th of July one year

One his wedding day, marrying Hanna

His first great grandchild, Sophia

Christmas 2007

With Sophia and Riley