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I am a God-loving, husband-adoring, mybabyboys-hugging, mind-reeling, photo-taking, life-documenting, yummyfood-cooking, garden-planting, country-living girl. Writing about life, with boys, in the sticks...
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

9 Years Ago Today…

It was nine years ago today that my grandfather went to Heaven.

It was also nine years ago today that the Lord gave me a little piece of Heaven on earth, by bringing Matt into my life.  Nine years ago today, 2 people fell in love.

I remember that day like it was yesterday, and if you’d like to read about it in its entirety you can here.  But, I can save you a click and tell you that a few hours after I watched my grandfather lose his life to ALS, my life quite literally began when Matt walked through the door of my grandparents’ house for our ‘blind date’. 

I’m never quite sure how to feel on this day, as it surely is a bitter-sweet memory.  I’m comforted, though, knowing how much my grandfather loved Matt and thought we should be together. 

And where, of course, would I be had that day never happened?  Most definitely not in Molalla.  Not with my husband.  Not with my three precious little boys.  I wouldn’t be me.

I am also comforted knowing that there are people and organizations dedicated to researching and finding answers about the mysterious illness that is ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  I recently met a woman through this wonderful world of blogging, who walks each year to raise money for this cause.  If you feel compelled to, you can donate to her walk here.  But as always, prayer is the most effective way to go… please pray for a cure, a method for prevention, a deeper understanding of ALS. 

And I just thought I’d add an image of 1/3 of what resulted from the love that began 9 years ago today…

Cooper Leroy

5 comments:

Dianne said...

I can see Grampa Hamre's smile as he's looking down at your little family. No teeth are showing, lips pursed together, from ear to ear :0)

Love,
Auntie Dianne

Mom said...

Gosh, nine years! I can remember that day like it was yesterday. Yes, my dad is indeed smiling down from Heaven. He and Gramma Mary were quite the matchmakers.

What a sad little Cooper face. He's quite the little actor though. In the next second that frown could go to a scream or a smile. One never knows with little Tatupu!

Stephanie said...

Talk about being blessed! I clicked back and read the story - that was so sweet! And the photo is out of this world beautiful! How sweet your grandpa brought you someone special to love, and love you back.

Shannon Joy said...

What a touching story. It's amazing how God works :)

Alicia said...

I LOVE your love story and that it continues to grow! You and Matt have built a wonderful life together and are an inspiration to others. Thank you for sharing your life!

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