Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Favorites: Memorial Edition

Oh, Friday.

Today, I am linking up with Erika, Andrea & Narci to share my Friday Favorites.

I had originally planned to share my favorites about my first week of grad school, but my plans changed on Thursday night.
My grandpa passed away on Wednesday morning, while we had prepared for the day, it still hit me like a ton of bricks. I feel like I am slowly processing the stages of grief. 
I am so grateful to know that he had a strong faith, and that he was comfortable. Heaven took his pain away like nothing on earth can. 

I ask that all of you would keep my grandma & our family in your prayers. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 26th, which would have been their 58th wedding anniversary. 

I don't want to be a debbie downer, but I started this blog to share an authentic perspective on grad school. I felt like I wasn't accurately portraying my week if I didn't share this post. 

5 Favorite things I learned from my Grandpa

1. How to play Solitaire

When Erin & I would come visit, Grandpa would let us play games on his computer. He had this bubble game, but when we bored with that he would patiently teach us to play solitaire. Grandpa was so kind and patient with us, but he still was pretty competitive. 

2. How to bake the best rolls 

Grandpa made yeast rolls from scratch. He grew up on a family farm in Illinois, and I think he learned how to make them there.  When I smell yeast rolls, I immediately think of the times we helped him bake yeast rolls. He taught us how to make them perfectly round by squeezing them in between your pointer finger & thumb. 

This is Grandpa (2nd from Left) with his brother's & sister on the family farm

3. The importance of Faith
Grandpa was a  scientist, (he has a PhD in chemistry from Berkeley) and he was a man of Faith. He loved the church, and loved the people of the church. Grandma and Grandpa are both the most giving people I know, they had 11 kids of their own, yet they fostered 11+ more (I'm not sure about this number) while the children were awaiting adoption. They volunteered at the church together, & truly have demonstrated their faith through their actions. Others  could see His light through my grandpa 
John 3:15-18 Hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and remission of sins in Him alone :) look it up
4. How to love a significant other
Grandpa loved grandma so much. She was his best friend in every since of the word. (Although, with 11 kids you have to be a pretty strong team ). In my baby book, Grandpa wrote about the first time meeting grandma; his words were so compassionate & inspiring. They have set the best example for me in my relationships. They love unconditionally. 

This picture swells my heart everytime

5. To value education
My grandpa was a scholar in every since of the word. He went to Notre Dame (the same time Regis Philbin was there) and graduated third in his class. After he got his PhD from Berkeley, he word at Dupont for many years. When he retired, he continued to take continuing education classes at the community college nearby. His family promoted education even though they were farmers in Illinois. I believe that  I am the sixth generation to go to a 4 year college. He instilled a work ethic in my mama & therefore in me, to seize every opportunity & work to my full potential. 

Thank you for reading my ramblings. Sometimes, I need to put into writing what I can't quite say in words. I appreciate all the sweet words & comments I have already received. 

I am taking the weekend off to be with my family, but will be sharing about my first week of grad school soon. 



  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa. He sounds like an absolutely amazing man. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  2. So sorry to hear about your loss! This post definitely brought tears to my eyes. I can tell you had a very special relationship with him. Hugs & Prayers!

  3. Oh my gosh your grandpa sounds so sweet! I am so sorry to hear about him.....your family will be sent lots of love this week!!!

  4. Sending thoughts and prayers your way!


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