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My Grandson Bradley

                    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRADLEY!
                    TODAY IS JUNE 10, 2002. IT IS
                BRADLEY'S FOURTH BIRTHDAY!
BRADLEY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM GRANDMA. WE ARE SEPERATED BY 500 MILES, SO I AM SENDING YOU THE PICTURE YOU SEE HERE OF ME HOLDING YOU, JUST PRETEND THAT I AM HOLDING YOU TODAY, AND GIVING YOU A HUG AND KISS FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY! I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH!
                                                    WITH ALL MY LOVE,
                                                    GRANDMA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRADLEY!
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ME AND BRADLEY

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE!

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Bradley 09/02

Bradley's Preschool Picture
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December, 2002 Age 4and1/2

  Beneath your strong wings, Dad,

You've taught me to fly.

Holding my hand so high in the sky.

Your smile is so warm, as I look up at you.

You're guiding my path with your heavenly hue.

Beneath your strong wings, Dad, you've given me strength.

To believe in myself, and soar to new lengths.

Your faith in me shows what a true friend you are,

Helping me reach for that shining new star.

Beneath your strong wings, Dad, you protect me from harm,

You cradle my fears, held safe in your arms.

You've opened your heart to share your sweet love,

While your sheltering wings carried us high up above.

Beneath your strong wings, Dad, I will always be there,

To love you and hug you, and show you I care.

To my father, you are the most dearest of all,

My angel, in your wings, I will never fall.

Author Unknown


 

JANUARY 06, 2003
I was given the most precious Christmas present by Jill. She allowed me to have my grandson with me for Christmas. She couldn't get the time off of work, so on her day off she took a train from Ma. and brought Bradley to me on December 22. She had to leave the next day to return to work, and as I am writing this, my daughter, Shelly, is driving back to Virginia after having drove him back to Ma. this weekend. Jill sacrificed having her son with her for Christmas, giving that pleasure to me.
I know that I would not have been able to handle Christmas without Bradley being with me. He kept my mind occupied enough that I was able to put the horrible pain of not having John with me on hold temporarily.
Bradley is exceptionally bright, and it is very obvious that he is being very well cared for.
In so many ways, he reminds me of his dad. He also likes to talk about his dad alot, and that was very good for me. He told me he misses his dad, and talked about alot of the things he and his dad did together.
I will always remember our two weeks together. No gift could have ever been more precious than that.

ARMS WIDE OPEN

John dedicated the song "ARMS WIDE OPEN" to his son Bradley. John sang the song to him so often that Bradley goes around to this day singing it. Below are the lyrics to the song by CREED:
 
 
WELL I JUST HEARD THE NEWS TODAY
IT SEEMS MY LIFE IS GOING TO CHANGE
I CLOSED MY EYES, BEGIN TO PRAY
THEN TEARS OF JOY STREAM DOWN MY FACE
WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN
UNDER THE SUNLIGHT
WELCOME TO THIS PLACE
I'LL SHOW YOU EVERYTHING
WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN
WELL I DON'T KNOW IF I'M READY
TO BE THE MAN I HAVE TO BE
I'LL TAKE A BREATH, TAKE HER BY MY SIDE
WE STAND IN AWE, WE'VE CREATED LIFE
WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN
UNDER THE SUNLIGHT
WELCOME TO THIS PLACE
I'LL SHOW YOU EVERYTHING
WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN
NOW EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED
I'LL SHOW YOU LOVE
I'LL SHOW YOU EVERYTHING
WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN
IF I HAD JUST ONE WISH
ONLY ONE DEMAND
I HOPE HE'S NOT LIKE ME
I HOPE HE UNDERSTANDS
THAT HE CAN TAKE THIS LIFE
AND HOLD IT BY THE HAND
AND HE CAN GREET THE WORLD
WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN....

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Dear John,
Please watch over Bradley. Help him to stay free from drugs. Yes, now everything has changed, from where you are show him love, guide him, with arms wide open.....
 
                                                                          With eternal love,
                                                                           Mom

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