Grandpa had all the supplies ready to go
Even sweet Julia was ready for the big day
The big kids head out first
the family getting ready to plant the memory-tree
Grandpa taking the first shovel-full
Reagan helping dig
Schaeffer at the shovel
Grandma Cindy, Briggs and Reagan
Dory & Ryan
the kids helping Grandpa pack down the dirt
Blake bringing over the tree
each of us tying on our memory ribbons
Grandpa finishing the last stake
Shimmering in the sunshine, the memory-ribbons
& the 3 metal hearts that read: faith, hope, love
a labor of love for a great legacy of love: Grandpa and Grandma
About a month ago, Schaeffer and I had the privilege of making a day trip to Detroit to help plant Grandma Grace’s memory tree. When Grandma died, the grandkids choose to purchase a purple plum tree to plant at Grandma & Grandpa’s house to celebrate Grandma’s life. I couldn’t help but think it would be a great way to remember Grandma in the years to come, and to talk about her with our kids as we sit under the tree and eat the fruit that the tree produces.
As we planted the tree, I gave each family a length of ribbon to tie on to branches as we shared our favorite memories of Grandma. It was especially sweet for the great grandkids who shared some of the most simple but touching memories.
On the trunk of the tree, I tied three metal heart-shaped windchimes that read: faith, hope & love. As they blow and tinkle in the wind, we’ll be reminded of our great hope: Jesus. Where our faith is: in the fact that one day we will see Grandma again. And why we love: because God first loved us.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cornithians 13:12-13