Grandpa had all the supplies ready to go
 Even sweet Julia was ready for the big day
 The big kids head out first
 Grandpa Jerry 
 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: faithhope and love
But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cornithians 13:12-13