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There are a lot of things in life that are tough. Before this weekend, if you would've asked me what I thought was "tough", I would've answered with statements such as: vacuuming with an eleven month old, running long distances, etc. 

That list seems inept to me now though, because yesterday we lost a dear, dear family friend. Now THAT is tough.

Claude was battling a lung disease for the past five years. His lungs were basically drying up, and he applied to be put on the transplant list, but was ONE year too old. Talk about tough. 

He was one of the kindest, most caring people I knew. And boy did he love Mr. Baby! Even though he was sick, he still diligently went out to his shop and built Brody all sorts of toys {they are shown below}. He was also very committed to going to McDonald's frequently, and ordering himself a Happy Meal {instead of something he probably would have enjoyed more} just so he could collect the toys for Mr. Babe. Once he had them all, he proudly brought them to church for him {with some other treasures too!}. 

{Claude holding Brody at just a couple weeks old}

{Loving the blocks Claude built him}

{Cruising in the wagon... which was actually meant to house the blocks, but this was much more enjoyable!}

{Claude's last project, which he loves to make LOTS of noise with:)}

{Working hard to try and get those balls out...}

Claude will truly be missed.


  1. Oh, Amy.
    I am soooo sorry to hear about your loss.
    I wish I had the perfect words of comfort.
    Believe me, I completely understand the 'tough.'
    We lost my precious step-dad less than two years ago.
    Suddenly and tragically.
    Still picking up the pieces.
    I will be praying for you and yours.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about Claude. It sounds like he was a great person.

  3. I was so incredibly sad to hear about Claudius. He was really a wonderfully friendly and caring, great man! :( My love to everyone in the church and my prayers are with you all, especially Gloria and his family!


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