Britt Anderson Photography » North Shore and Lake County, IL Child, Senior, Engagement and Family Portrait Photographer

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I have been missing in action the last two weeks. I wish I had some wonderful reason, but unfortunately it was to go home and mourn the loss of my father in law. I can’t even begin to share what a horrible loss we all felt when George passed. I thought if I waited a couple weeks to post about it I could do it without crying. Didn’t happen.

I liked George as soon as I met him. It was because of George that I knew Brian would be a wonderful husband and father. I knew I loved Brian, but the way I saw George interact with his wife Toni and his boys Brian and Todd, I knew anyone raised with that kind of love would be wonderful as a partner and parent.

I know grandparents hold a special place in their heart for their grandchildren. They get all the pluses (kisses and hugs) and none of the minuses (tantrums and tuition bills). They spend quality time together, and just when exhaustion sets in, they send them home. :) George was beyond a wonderful grandfather to Annika, and her cousins Ethan and Josh. The way his eyes lit up when they were around was just magical. It is what every parent hopes for when they add a grandchild to their own parents lives.

I remember one holiday I spent at the Andersons when Brian and I were first dating. My mother in law was so excited to have another female in the house to talk with. All the girls were in the kitchen yapping and the men were watching golf in the living room. My mother in law said, come on Britt, the women are in the kitchen. But I said, no thank you, I want to catch this round of golf. I could see a smile pass over George’s face as he said, you like golf? Yes, George was a big golf nut. I bet money is playing a pretty intense round right about now wishing everyone could know the great score he just got. :)

So while I get back to business, preparing for new clients, preparing for the Christmas rush of holiday cards and portraits, I wanted to share this with all of you. Here is my Annika with her Grandpa. We will miss you George and will be blessed when we see each other again.

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  • I am so sorry for your heartache. Condolences to you and your family.

  • My sympathies to you and your family Britt. *HUGS

  • oh Britt, I am so sorry! We’ll keep your family in prayer! Makes you cherish photography even more because now she has all those great memories captured with her Grandpa!

  • Tyjuana Hill-Smith

    Britt, I am sorry for your loss. It looks like you got a lot of good memories(pictures and stories) to hold onto, until you meet again.

  • Oh Britt, I’m so so sorry for your loss :( He sounds like he was a beautiful person and well loved.

  • Charlotte Stringer

    I am keeping you in my prayers! She will be so glad she has these to remember the good times by! She is beautiful!!

  • so sorry for your loss Britt, you have such wonderful photos to keep the memories alive for little Annika.

  • Oh Britt I am truely sorry to read this post. I literally have tears flowing down my cheeks. My FIL ( also named George) sounds so much like the one man you knew. He lived for the kids and his family. While mine just flew home to Scotland I can only pray that the good Lord will send him back to us to visit next year.
    May God Bless him, you and relish in all the FOND and wonderful memories you have of him.
    Stay strong.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss hon. Tomorrow is 21 years since my father died and his name was George too, and I named my son after him. I feel your pain and sending you lots of hugs.

  • Renee Whiting

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You can certainly see the love in these pictures. Annika will cherise these forever!

  • Jane Doty

    I am so sorry for your loss, Britt. Grandparents mean so much to our children. You will all be in my prayers. I miss seeing you at Hillcrest. It was so nice to learn about Georga through the things you wrote about him.

  • ~Jen~

    So sorry for your loss. He’ll live on in your hearts and memories.

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