Tuesday, August 7, 2012

my family

On October 30, 1996 my Grandpa passed away due to Leukemia. I never really knew my Grandpa. He lived in a tiny town called Byron, Wyoming with my Grandma while I lived with my family in Southern Utah. When you think about it, it's really not that far away. A days drive. A drive we made at least every year to go see my grandparents. My Grandpa was in a nursing home since before I can remember. He had health problems and couldn't take care of himself. The only memories I have of him involve someone else feeding him and him being in a hospital bed. I was nine years old when he died. I remember his funeral like it was yesterday! Before he died he wrote and published a book, "I Fought Leukemia And Won!". I have a copy and will cherish it forever. 
A few weeks ago I was able to fly up to Billings, MT for a family reunion. I was able to see my Grandma, who I haven't seen in about 10 years. She didn't know who I was because she has Alzheimer's. It was heartbreaking to say the least, but I understood.
While I was there I was able to go to Cowley, Wyoming to visit my Grandpa's grave. I learned so much about my family history and saw the place my Grandpa grew up. It was so cool! I love learning about my families history!

 My sweet Grandma

 I'm her youngest grandchild

 The old high school in Cowley, WY. My Grandpa helped build it when he was a kid!

 Hi Grandpa :)

Mom, Dad, the favorite grandchild and Grandpa :)

I was never very close to my Grandpa and I hate it. My kids will have a relationship with their grandparents. Even though we live far away from all three sets of grandparents, we've made it important that Kyson knows them! I had the best time on this trip and learned so much about my family. I love that I'm able to pass on the stories I learned about my grandparents on to my children someday!


  1. That is so sweet. It's great your kids wil get to have a relationship with their grandparents. When are you having your next baby? :)

  2. this is really sweet. i have a special bond with my dads parents and will forever be thankful for it. i even had my grandpa walk me down the aisle to my dad who gave me away to my groom.

  3. I bet you did have a fabulous time revisiting your family and your grandparents. I was super close to my grandpa, I was 16 when he passed away and still remember his funeral like it was yesterday. Weird how certain memories stay when you more than others. Its so hard being a military family and not around our family all the time and missing out. I think thats the one thing I still struggle with.

  4. This is so awesome. Take it all in so one day you share this with your kids. everyone should know where they came from.


Thanks for making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!! :)