Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I always imagined


That my "Pa Paw" would move on to heaven up in the mountains, doing what he loved, right where he loved to be. I never imagined it would be in a hospital, on a vent. This man, my grandfather fought in WW2, a Sergeant, he saw the worst the world had to offer, and made it home safe. For as long as I have known him he has been a lumberjack, packing his lunch, and heading up into the Rockie Mountains. I remember his smell, a mix of tums, and old spice. He smelled so good. His arms covered in tattoos telling the stories of where he had once been in life, and then, the life he lived in front of me, told the story of where he was now. Strong, made it through the worst, but softer, funnier, and more loving from it. He was a real man, all I ever knew was a great man. I love you Pa Paw, I miss you so much.




























































I bet the timber in heaven is beautiful........Enjoy!




21 comments:

Laurie in Ca. said...

My heart is heavy for you today Jessica, as you begin to miss this most manly of men who blessed your life so much. My prayers are with your grandmother and family and of course you. I know that God saves the best for last and your grandpa is in the most beautiful forest ever, for eternity. I am so sorry for your loss. It is a big one.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Kelly said...

Thanks for sharing the book--what a treasure.
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in those wonderful and precious memories.
Thinking of you and the days to come.
Love,
Kelly

angie said...

Sending love to you today. What an amazing man! Thank you for sharing him today.

Sarah W. said...

We are praying for you and your family.

The VW's said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Jessica! It is so difficult to have to say good-bye to grandparents! I miss mine terribly! I'll be thinking of you and your family! Love and prayers!

Holly said...

Your pawpa sounds like a wonderful man. You are blessed to have such wonderful memories of him

Michelle said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandpa. Christmas day was the one year anniversary of my Grammie passing away so I understand how difficult it is. Talk about him often and keep his memory alive. *hugs*

bookworm said...

Thank you for sharing this.
Continuing to pray for you and yours...


(and thanks for always checking in on us, though I don't always respond...)

Marissa said...

I am so sorry for your loss Jessica.

Sergeant Jones looked like he was a great and loving man and he lived a wonderful life serving others. That is the most we can ask of a person here on earth.

What a touching tribute you posted. You and your family are in my prayers as you say goodbye to your Pa Paw.

Alicia

Myssie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Thinking of you...

trista said...

It's so hard to lose a grandparent...they're supposed to be invincible and here with us forever, right? Even if they aren't here with us on earth, at least we can take comfort that are with us in memory and spirit, and those same memories and spirit will continue to shape us as we grow and learn. What special people they are! Wishing you and your family much peace.

Finding Normal said...

Lifting you up in prayer today and in the days to come. (((hugs)))

Cathy said...

Sounds like one fine man! I am praying for peace in your heart and the ache in your soul.

Pinkalicious said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your Paw Paw. He sounds like a wonderful, wonderful man. I am sure he will be missed very much. Love, light, and prayers to your family as you grieve the loss of his life here on Earth.

Hugs, Sara

Kathi said...

My prayers are with you thru this difficult time. I lost my own papaw just 2 weeks ago at the age of 92. He too was a wonderful man who did great things and was loved by everyone who knew him. I am now at peace knowing that he is no longer suffering and is with the family that went before him. Bless you and your family.
Kat

Kelly said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. Sorry to hear about your loss. Kelly F

Hilary said...

I am sorry for your loss you and your family are in my prayers....

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

I am so sorry for your loss. The book is beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us!

Christine said...

Jessica,

Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you during this very difficult time.
Thanks for sharing your pa paw with us. He is a real hero. May you find comfort in the memories you shared with him.
I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Hugs

Food Chaining said...

Jessica
Now I see where you get your strength from. There is a lot of Sgt Jones inside of you. You will always carry him inside you. I miss my grandparents so much, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, where they are and that they live. One day I will run into their arms again. You will hug your grandfather again too and that is what the gift of Christmas is all about. I am keeping you in my heart and in my prayers.
C

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