Remembering Grandma & Grandpa

IMG_3948This past weekend we took a quick trip to Chicago to visit my son at his internship. It was definitely a fast trip, but great to see him and what is happening in the church where he is serving this summer.

On the way back, we stopped in Thorntown, IN – the place my grandparents used to live, where I spent many Thanksgivings and the town in which they are buried. It didn’t strike me that we would go right past their exit as we traveled back and forth to Chicago, so it was an unexpected bonus to the trip.

This was the first time I’ve been back to Thorntown since Grandma passed away in 2008 (hard to believe it has been than long). I like the fact that their headstone has not only dates of birth and death, but also their marriage date. On the back it has the inscription “Parents of David, John & Jay.”

A flower arrangement was placed on the headstone by my parents and uncle and aunt in honor my grandparent’s anniversary. Not sure how well the picture shows it, but the arrangement contains pictures of my grandparents. Thought that was a very nice touch. They would have celebrated 70 years.

Love the change to remember and grateful for the memories I have.

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9 Years Ago

NineI got a text from my son today reminding me of an anniversary. It’s one that we remember, but don’t really celebrate in the way you might celebrate a wedding anniversary or a birthday. Nine years ago this month Joe had a stroke which affected the right side of his body. When you look at him now, you wouldn’t really believe it. In fact, as I think back to that event, it seems a bit surreal.

We were at our junior high camp out and he wasn’t acting himself. We ended up at the hospital, came home, then went back to hospital. He ended up at Dayton Children’s Hospital, but made a relatively quick recovery. We found out over time how many people were praying for Joe during this time and know those prayers made a huge difference.

A lot has transpired in the past nine years and as always we’ve hit a few bumps in the road. God continues to bring good out of bad situations. Looking back, the stroke seems like a lifetime ago. I’m looking forward to the future God has for Joe and what He will continue to do with him.