Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Grandpa Joe

My sweet Grandpa Joe passed away last week, on October 18, 2013. He was 89 years old and passed just hours before his 63rd wedding anniversary to my grandma. I have always had a special relationship with him and my grandma. He was such an amazing person. I could not have asked for a better Grandpa. I was able to be there when he passed and say goodbye, even though he may not have known I was there. I was also lucky enough to see him just 2 days before, when he was coherent, so I could talk to him, see him play with my kids and tell him I loved him.

When Ashley and I were younger, we saw our grandparents almost every single day. They would babysit us before and after school when our parents were at work. One of my favorite memories is being at their house early in the morning with the wood stove burning a fire, sipping hot chocolate and my grandma making waffles. This happened every morning we were there. We also slept at their house often and those days were no different.

Every single summer, until I was about 15, they would take Ashley and I camping at Lava Hot Springs for a weekend. We were each allowed to bring a friend but our parents weren't allowed to come. We would spend the weekend floating the river, swimming at the pool and watching movies in the trailer. It was something special that I looked forward to every year. I think they really enjoyed it too. My grandpa would book a campsite at the same campground months in advance to make sure we could go.

One of my favorite memories about Grandpa is one that I think shows just how much he loved his grandkids. When Ashley was in the first grade or so, her class hatched baby chicks and she got to bring one home to keep. I was SO sad that I didn't get one. Without hesitation, Grandpa took me to the general store where he let me choose my own baby chick to bring home. My parents were definitely surprised to come home and find that we now had two chicks! Grandpa just couldn't stand to see me sad. Eventually, the chickens got too big for us to keep at our house so my Grandpa asked one of his friends who had a farm to take them. He would take us back every few months to visit the farm so we could see our chickens.

I also remember when I was about 11 years old and he took me fishing. He loved fishing. It was just the two of us. We spent all day sitting by the lake and riding around in his truck. And although I learned that day that I do not have the patience to fish, I will always remember and cherish that time with him.

He was the most gentle and caring person I have ever known. He was a very strong, tough man but when it came to his family, especially his grandkids, he was so soft. He always loved the little children and usually had a baby on his lap. He was so selfless, and so generous. I don't think I ever left their house without at least a $5 bill. No matter how much I would tell him not to worry about it, he would insist. He always wanted to make sure we were taken care of and had everything we needed, but never asked for anything for himself. He would do even the little things like check the oil in my car, have a bag of potatoes from his garden ready to send home, and drive to our house to shovel snow from the driveway to make sure we were safe. Not only was he kind but he was fun, and funny, and could talk to anyone for hours. I loved hearing stories about when he was growing up, or when he was in the marines during WW2.

I will always picture him working in his garden, sitting on the front porch and watching the hummingbirds at the bird feeders he would fill everyday, or sitting in his recliner cracking peanuts or reading all the family birthdays from his calendar. He never once missed a birthday card with $25. He was always there for me no matter what it was. When I was in elementary school I slipped on the ice and needed stitches, he was the one to show up at my school and take me to the hospital. He was there with me the whole time and comforted me until my mom was able to get there from work. I remember hearing stories about when I was a baby and we lived at their house for a short time. When I would wake up in the mornings he would send my mom back to bed and take care of me himself. He would ask me "Who loves you? Who do you love?" And I would always respond with "Grandpa!". I was always called "Stephie Joe" by many people in the family, and sometimes still am. Even though I have no middle name I always considered Joe as my middle name when I was a kid and was proud of it. I felt special to have that connection with him. I have always said my grandparents are some of my very favorite people in the whole world, and I have always meant it.

I really could go on and on with all of the wonderful memories and what a wonderful man he was. I am so so sad that he is gone. I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have that families are forever. More than ever before, I understand the importance of the resurrection, and the plan of salvation that He has in place for us. I have felt the Spirit so strong these last few days and have had my testimony strengthened. I have felt the Saviors love for me and know that he knows how deeply heartbroken I am. I know I will see Grandpa again. I am so happy for him that he is with his loved ones that went on before him. I am grateful that he no longer in pain. Losing him has made me more aware of the blessings I have. I have been so incredibly blessed to have him as my Grandpa and spend as much time with him as I did. I am so grateful that I had him in my life for almost 28 years.

I love you Grandpa and I will miss you everyday until we meet again.

Grandpa and Asher

Grandpa and Grandma

Grandpa and Greyson

Final resting place, Brigham City Cemetery

Below is the obituary


Joseph Robert Farnsworth

August 28, 1924  ~  October 18, 2013

BRIGHAM CITY – Joseph Robert "Grandpa Joe" Farnsworth, age 89, passed away peacefully October 18, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born August 28, 1924, in Salt Lake City, UT to Ralph Washington Farnsworth and Hilda Ann Byram. He grew up in Ucon, Idaho and graduated from High School in 1942.

During World War II Joe served with the U.S. Marines from August 1943 to April 1946. When he came home he worked in a potato Warehouse, until 1948. He started to work with Parson and Fife, building the old highway from Ucon to Milo in Idaho. This is when Joe met the love of his life Colleen Fairless they were married in Ucon, ID on October 19, 1950; their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS temple. They moved to Brigham City where he worked for Fife Construction until he retired in 1986.

Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family and friends; he was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend to anyone who knew him. He was honest and a very giving person. Joe was someone you could respect and count on for anything. He loved everyone and was loved by everyone; dad never had a bad word to say about anyone.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Colleen; one daughter Connie (Marston) Nelson, Bothwell, UT; four sons: Brent (Janet) of Laguna Niguel, CA; Robert of Salem, OR; Kevin (Leslie) of N. Ogden, UT; Blaine (Laurie) of Layton, UT; fifteen grandkids, fifteen great-grandkids, and one great-great-grandson; two brothers and five sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, two grandkids, two brothers, one sister and four brothers-in-law.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Beard and the excellent people with integrity hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 E., Brigham City.

Friends may call on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and on Wednesday from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. at Myers Mortuary.

Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery with Military Honors Accorded

Greyson: 5 months

Five months sure sneaked up quickly! I feel like I just wrote the 4 month post. Greyson is still growing like a weed and becoming more and more fun. He has started to get so much more interactive this month. One of my favorite things he has started doing recently is laughing and smiling at Asher. It's so precious to see that they already love eachother. Asher loves Greyson so much and it's pretty clear that Greyson knows and loves Asher. He smiles and coos at him and laughs when Asher is silly to him. I am so excited to see what great friends they become.

Greyson has not started any solids yet but will probably start on rice cereal this month. So far he hasn't been interested but I don't think it will be long. He is rolling and wiggling all over the place. The funny part is he still hardly rolls from tummy to back but rolls back to tummy almost immediately when we lay him down. He has also realized month that he can roll to get to the things that he wants. He has also discovered his feet and loves to pull his toes into his mouth. He pretty much loves anything in his mouth right now but always seems to have his fingers in there or is trying to munch on ours. With all the chomping and drooling I don't think it will be too long before we start to see some teeth coming through.

We pulled out the excersaucer this month and while it took a little time to get used to, he seems to like it these days. As long as he can still see us he will play in there for a little while. He has really started to notice when we are not around and hates to be left alone. When he wakes up for a bottle in the middle of the night I have to bring him back to our room and lay him with Tim while I get the bottle. If I try to leave him in his room in the crib after I go in to give him his binky he really gets mad. He loves to lay next to us and hold our hands to his cheek. It's pretty sweet how he calms down just knowing we are there with him.

He usually just wakes up once in the night to eat and gets up for the day at about 6 or 6:30. He still usually only naps for 30 minutes at a time, unless he is being held, but will occasionally take a nice long nap in his crib. We will be starting some sleep training this month so I'm hopeful that will help with the short naps.

We sure love our sweet Greyson and love watching him grow and learn new things. I'm so grateful to be his mom :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Greyson's blessing

Greyson was blessed by Tim on September 1, 2013. Tim gave him a wonderful blessing that felt truly inspired. The blessings he received were without a doubt from a loving Heavenly Father. He was blessed in our ward, Pheasant Point 5th ward in Lehi.

After the blessing we had lunch at our house with lots of family. It was a wonderful day and we are glad that so many people came to show their love for Greyson!

I am so grateful to have the gospel in my life, and to have a husband who can exercise his priesthood and bless our children. I am even more grateful that I have an eternal family. I love my family more than anything and knowing that I can be with them forever is such a blessing. I love being a wife and mother!

Greyson : 4 months

Our cute Greyson is getting so big, and cuter everyday!

Here are his 4 month stats:
Weight: 16.64 lbs. - 82nd percentile
Height: 26.97 inches- 97th percentile
Head: 16.9 inches- 69th percentile

I was a little shocked when they told me how much he weighed. I knew he was big, but I didn't realize he was almost 17 pounds at 4 months big! I love it though. His cute chubby cheeks make me smile.

He is getting so fun and interactive. He certainly knows and loves his Daddy, Mommy and Asher. He started laughing at Asher this month, which was so adorable. They are so cute together. Asher loves Greyson, and Greyson loves to watch Asher be silly.

Greyson is rolling over now. He actually started rolling over about a month ago but would only do it once every few days or so. He is doing it all the time now, except only back to front. It's really too bad for him because he does not like being on his tummy, but constantly rolls to his tummy and then won't roll back, even though he has done it before.

We finally moved him into his own room about a week after he turned 4 months. He had been sleeping in our room in a bassinet. I actually really miss having him in there with us but he no longer fits in the bassinet, otherwise I would keep him in our room much longer!

We love our big boy! He is so sweet. We are so lucky to have him in our family!