the mini cottage

Within minutes of arriving at my grandparents’ house last month my grandpa said, “Hey DeeDee, I got something to show you in the garage.” This is not unusual. Grandpa is forever collecting interesting items, new toys, junk, funny things for his bar…the list goes on and on. So I thought nothing of following him. And I didn’t even notice the string of relatives quietly tiptoeing behind.

We entered the garage and he started wandering around muttering to himself, “it’s here somewhere…where is it…maybe over there…” Again, it should be noted that this sort of communication from my Granpda isn’t unusual. In fact, I think it’s where I get the whole talking to myself thing. But I digress. He finally turned to me and said, “is it under that towel right there?”. And still clueless I shot back with playful exasperation that I reserve for my grandpa, “I have no idea, I don’t even know what I’m looking for!”

And that’s when I saw them – the string of relatives following behind, recording me. And I knew something was up.

But I had no idea just how amazing it would be…

and I had no idea how much I could cry/shriek/sob with surprise…

especially when I saw that my grandpa had burned in my nickname on the left…followed by his name and the date on the right. Shoot, I’m tearing up again just thinking about it.

There are no words for how much I love this gift. In fact, I believe I’m more proud of this miniature Cottage than I am the real thing. (And that’s really saying something!)

But there are most definitely words for how much I love this old man…SO, SO, SO, SO, SO much.

(I love you, Grandpa.)

And here is the final shot of the mini-Cottage as we loaded it up to finagle a way to get it back to Alabama.

It was going to cost $350 to mail so we decided to check it on our flight. My brother-in-law came up with the idea of taping funny signs all over the box to encourage the baggage handlers to be nice. In the end after a few funny looks, a waived oversize baggage fee (thanks to Brent’s military ID), and a whole lot of worry on my part she arrived in one piece minus a few slats that came unglued. But nothing a little wood glue couldn’t handle.

After all, they don’t call me John Keith’s granddaughter for nothing.

John Keith's Daughter aka Erin's MomSeptember 7, 2013 - 8:01 am

I must add that he created this beauty having never seen The Cottage in person! He worked only off of pictures Brent had provided! He is quite a guy, that dad if mine!

Carol MoyerSeptember 7, 2013 - 8:06 am

What an amazing gift, one that is truly from the heart. I know this is something you will treasure forever. Just beautiful.

JenniferSeptember 7, 2013 - 8:10 am

He should be declared national treasure!! 😀

MelanieSeptember 7, 2013 - 8:23 am

What an amazing gift! Definitely a labor of love. You have an awesome grandpa!

DebZornSeptember 7, 2013 - 9:29 am

How very sweet! Grandpa’s are the very best.

nickiSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Wow. What a beautiful heart felt gift. I’m sure it will passed on for many generations. Love it.

DebsSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:55 pm

I LOVE this!

elizabethSeptember 7, 2013 - 8:27 pm

That is AWESOME.

KariSeptember 8, 2013 - 1:01 pm

That is amazing! Best grandpa award! I totally teared up.

Heather MayberrySeptember 8, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Aw!! This made me teary! What a thoughtful and amazing gift. I love that your eyes are all puffy in your picture with him. It makes it that much more sweet and special.

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaSeptember 9, 2013 - 7:19 am

It is amazing! what a wonderful gift!! and I loved the airport signs. Looks like they worked!

Jessica WSeptember 9, 2013 - 8:38 am

It’s amazing!

John Keith's Daughter aka Erin's AuntSeptember 9, 2013 - 9:19 am

An amazing man that I love more than words can say!

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