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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I love you, Grandpa

We got word this morning that my Grandpa passed away. It was totally unexpected (he was hit by a car), so I think everyone was kind of shocked. But, I know that life continues after death and I'm grateful for all of the many wonderful memories I have with him here. He was an awesome grandpa (and awesome man!) and we will miss him.

These are some of the tulips he grew in his garden last spring. He LOVED to work in his garden and found so much joy in sharing what he grew. All who knew him were blessed by the fruits of his life.

18 comments:

Andrea said...

Jessi- I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa. I know it is hard especially when it is unexpected. Just remember in this hard time in your life about the plan of salvation and I know that you know you will see him again. Remembering that will help you get through it. You and your family are in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for your parents since I live in the same town. I would do anything for your family. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Abbi said...

What a beautiful picture of his tulips! He was an example to all of us, and you're right, we will miss him a lot.

Kate said...

Hey Jessie,
I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandpa. To be hit by a car, of all things, is probaby shocking! Thanks for sharing the picture of his tulips. Made me love him too....tulips are by far my favorite flower. love ya girl, and hope to see you Saturday!

Sally said...

Was this your Grandpa up in PG? I think I went with you there once and played card games. I remember he was really sweet. So sorry for your loss.

rachel said...

I am so sorry to hear this. What a tragic way to go. How are your mom and dad doing?
My love goes out to all of you...

Kjirsten said...

Jessi
Thanks for posting this picture. Leah has been having a hard time with all of this and when I showed her your picture it brought her so much comfort. I copied it off for her so she can keep it in her room.

Caytee said...

That is a great picture. He is a man that showed his love to everyone. I am so glad that I got the oppotunity to know such a man>

Michelle Pyne said...

That picture brings me so much joy. How wonderful to know we will all be together again some day. Thanks for posting it!

Michelle said...

Jessi, I am so sorry! Such a tragic way to go, but the Gospel gives such a wonderful perspective. That is a beautiful picture of his tulips. He is such an amazing and sweet man. My heart goes out to you and your family!

Julee and Matt said...

I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. I hope you will be able to find peace and I love his flowers. They are beautiful.

Rachel said...

I am sorry to hear about your Grandpa, Jessi. It is times like this that I am so thankful for the Gospel and Heavenly Father's plan - it provides so much comfort. His tulips are beautiful - they remind me of the ones in the gardens at Temple Square.

Shana said...

Jessi,
My dad came in this morning and told me the news!! I am so sorry!!! :( My dad was just bauling. We love your grandparents and what a sad way to leave this world. But it is so wonderful we take comfort in knowing you will be with him again!! Are you guys planning on coming out for the funeral?? That picture is a sure one to cherish FOREVER! Love you!

Dani said...

I'm so sorry, Jessi. Its hard to see our loved ones go. Keep reminding yourself that you'll get to be with him again someday.

Elaine said...

We too were so shocked and I pray that your grandma will get to be with him soon. Grandma and Grandpa Howe were always so gracious to me and all of us. I was reading on the internet at harktheherald.com about the newspaper article and all the comments . Look it up. Hugs to you all.

Danielle said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa. Just stay close to the family during these struggles. I know it helped me to spend time with my family with our Grandma's passing recently.

Bobbie said...

Jessi - I am so sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do!!

The Smith Family said...

Hello Jessi,

I have been sick to my stomach thinking about what happened to your grandfather. I am truly sorry for your loss. There is no replacement for the loss of such a noble and exemplary figure as one's grandparent. Your grandpa looks like he was one of a kind. Take comfort in the long and most importantly, righteous, life that he lived. You are in my prayers.
Love, Arica

Angela Draper said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa. Even though he is in a better place, I know this must be hard for your family. Take care.