Saturday, October 15, 2011

Heaven got another Angel

Where do I start when it comes to talking about my
"GRANDFATHER."
He was an all around amazing man. People who knew him only ever had great things
to say about him. He had a true, unbreakable faith in his religion and lived his life by it everyday. Family is everything to him after God and no one would ever question that.
My Grandpa Jack means much to me.
He is someone I will always love and miss so much. He was a man who showed me what it meant to love unconditionally. He excepted me for who I am and what decisions I have made in my life. He always wanted me to stay strong to the Mormon religion but knew it was up to me to do it. One of my favorite things he would tell me was "EVERYONE has THEIR own free agency, it's up to them to decide what to do with it". He was a man who started off as the youngest of 5 boys, a farmer from Willows, CA, who loved his mother so much. He ended up a man with his doctorate and professor at Sacramento State University, husband to 2 amazing women (his 1st one passed away from cancer and his 2nd just passed away 8 months ago,) father to 4 children of his own and 4 of Grandma Pat's children, 27 amazing grandchildren and 16 even more amazing great-grand children. He loved to get together for any reason we could to celebrate. He was an amazing cook, a pro at card playing and always a great story teller. He had a ton of adventures in his 86 years of life and could remember dates like it was going out of style. I was lucky enough to be able to spend a lot of time with him. I will miss having our weekly conversations. We would talk all the time over the phone and got together as offend as we could. As soon as I could drive, I would go out and visit him and my Grandmother every week. Once they moved out to Utah, Ben and I traveled back there a few times for visits. I will always remember the great times we had with them. Thank you Grandpa Jack for loving me so much! Thank you for always being nothing but a great example to me. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for helping me be the person I am today. I will miss your face so much. I will miss hearing your voice on the other end of the phone. I will miss making unforgettable memories with you. I am grateful that you got to know my amazing husband and he got to know you. I am grateful that ALL of my children got to know who you were and how much you've always meant to me. I am grateful that I got to do almost 31 years of life with you. I will always be grateful that I got to and will continue to call you GRANDPA. I know you're having an amazing time where you're at now. I know you have a huge group of people with you now, who have been waiting for you for a long time. I look forward to the day we meet again and know you'll be watching over me till then. I love you so much Grandpa Jack and "THANK YOU" for everything you ever stood for.

4 comments:

Joel & Jenna Andersen said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL post Brittiny! I love and remember all the same thing about him! We truly are blessed we are able to call him GRANDPA!

J'net said...

Amen!

J'net said...

Amen!

Aubry said...

Love this post! I'm so glad you were so close to grandpa and your kids got to know him!