Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Utah

My grandpa (Pop) passed away about 2 weeks ago so last week we headed to the freezing cold of Salt lake and Provo for the funeral and to be with family. He had a very bad heart and was ready to end his suffering so it was a bittersweet time. He wrote his funeral arrangements and obituary a couple of months ago. He chose me to be a speaker at the funeral. I found this out the day he passed and I was shocked and freaked out. I was so honored that he chose me out of everyone to speak and it ended up being a wonderful experience. The funeral was nice (for a funeral). I learned some new things about him that I never knew. He paid for several young mens missions, he took old food from Costco to the homeless shelter every week, He took his best friends grandkids fishing numerous times, and so many other great things. He was so fun to be around and I learned many great things from him. I know that he is in a better place now and that I will see him again someday. It was very nice to see so many friends and family while we were up there.
This is Abby and Pop about 2 weeks before he passed away. I am so glad I took this picture (thanks dad)
Abby and her second cousin Carina.
Abby and my best friend Heather. I am so glad they got to meet finally.


Abby got to meet her great grandma Birdie finally.



Abby and dad at the funeral in the frigid cold. I am sooo glad I don't live there anymore. It is way too cold for me.





Abby playing at great grandma Birdie's house. I sent this picture to the regis and kelly show for the baby contest!!




Dinner with some High School friends. Amanda, Elisa, and Heather. It was so good to see them.






8 comments:

Heidi said...

What an honor to speak! I am sorry to hear about your grandpa but sounds like he was a great man. Now we still need to get together!

Whitney said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandpa! It's such a bittersweet time! What a cool/scary thing to talk at the funeral! He sounds like an incredible man!
Abby is SOOOO cute! I can't believe it! She's getting cuter every time I see pictures of her!I have never noticed her hemangioma (sp?) before. My sisters daughter had 3 of those! She got them laser when she was a little older and you can't even tell she had them! Amazing what we can do these days!
Anyway, I'm sure Greg told you, but I think Luke and I are joining Jake for his annual trip to Vegas this May!! So We HAVE TO GET TOGETHER!!! NO EXCUSES!!

Tay and Teigan said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandpa! I'm sure speaking will be a memory you will always cherish, that is so cool that he picked you. Grandparents are the best. And I am so glad he got to spend some time with adorable Abby.

Julie Nelson said...

I'm sorry about your Grandpa! That is very sad but like you said, when they're suffering it makes it a little easier when they go. He sounded like an incredible person! That is so great that you got a picture of him and Abby together, that will be a treasure!

Abby is so darling and getting so big (well not compared to my little fatty, but you know)! I can't wait to get our little ones together! So fun that you got to see friends too.

Kittyrunner said...

That's good that you got to see so many people. It sounds like it was a good time even though you needed to speak. I'm sure you did great!

Katie and Jeff Wood said...

Oh I'm so sorry about your grandpa. I hope your family is doing well. Tell them all hi =). You have THE cutest baby on the planet!! Did she win the contest on Regis and Kelly? I hope so! I hope all is well!

Amanda said...

It was so good to see you. Abby is stunning. I couldn't get enough of her. I hope I get to see you again sooner, then later.

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