A few years after our "Nana" passed away, and after "Grandpa" (my daddy) was told by his doctor he could no longer live by himself, he came to live with my husband and I. What a joy for a child to be able to help provide and care for his/her parent in a loving expression of thankfulness for his caring for us! We were honored!
One of the things we needed to take care of was the house where he and Nana lived. Nana grew up in the house, and she and Grandpa had moved back in and lived there after her parents passed the house to her. The house was quite full, as both Great-Grandma and Grandma were collectors and rarely threw anything away! They both also took very good care of their things. Grandpa also needed something to help keep him busy, active, and feeling useful and productive with his increasing physical limitations.
Grandpa was a photographer for a good part of his life, and he had always wanted a studio. Most of the photography he had done was in the form of nature and landscapes, as he was also an avid fisherman. He also had done weddings and graduation photographs, but always did them in natural surroundings or on site. He did have a darkroom and printed most of his own black and white photos, but never did have a studio.
We certainly did not have room for two whole households in our little home, so Grandpa decided to start weeding. He had some older medium-format cameras that he had for years, and he decided that would be the first thing that needed to go. We took pictures of the cameras and put them on an auction site. The auctions were successful, and Grandpa was hooked!
Grandpa went shopping for a digital camera. We set up a table-top studio in a room in our home and set up an area for shipping the items Grandpa sold on the internet. He really enjoyed taking the pictures in his new little studio. He also enjoyed packing up the items that sold. It really gave him a purpose. He also loved to ride with his little long-haired dachshund, Vienna. She was the joy of his life, and she loved riding as much as he did, so we started shopping for other items we felt others would appreciate.
Grandpa was so busy taking pictures and having so much fun, we decided it was time to open up a store on the auction site. Since Grandpa was selling things from his house, we came up with the name "Abba's House." It fit perfectly!
Abba is a Chaldee/Aramaic word for father, used in a respectful, affectionate, and familiar way, like papa, dad, or daddy. Often used in prayer to refer to our (creator) Father in Heaven.
After a while, the auction site became so cost prohibitive, we decided to move and opened a store called "Bumpa's Bargains." It did well, but time and age finally took it's toll, and we lost our beloved Grandpa in May of this year. We really did not do much with anything over the summer and fall. We miss him tremendously.
Grandpa's grandson has come now to help us continue in his stead here at Abba's House as we continue to thin out the mass of long-collected items that were in the house and shop for new ones. The next generation of our family has moved into the house, and they needed the room!
We are continuing the legacy started by our "Abba" with his grandson taking pictures and packing. He's got a bit to learn, but has taken to it like a fish to water, just like his "Bumpa." It seems also that he inherited a bit of the china bug from his grandmothers, too!
Vienna is still with us, she still loves to go for rides, and she will be sniffing out other deals for us to share with you!
Please visit us often, and feel free to roam our house! We love having you!