My husband’s grandfather died and we are celebrating his long, fully-lived life yesterday and today–my husband and his cousin are giving the eulogy. This man had SO. MANY. FRIENDS. And taught just about the entire town at their local church.

His children (my husband’s mom and her sister and brother) had a flower arrangement made in his honor that incorporated his tools. Chad’s grandfather, Big PawPaw was a brick mason so there are brick laying tools all fastened into a beautiful arrangement and it’s just about the most lovely thing I have ever seen.

big pawpaw

chad & pawpaw


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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for a wonderful time of remembrance and celebration of his life.

  2. I am sorry for your loss. Being deeply loved and nurtured by a wonderful grandparent makes it hard to say goodbye, even when you know it’s not for forever. And the tool arrangement? Incredible.

  3. My sympathies to you and your husband and sons for your loss. It sounds like Big PawPaw was rich in family and friends; that is the stuff of a meaningful, well-lived life.

  4. Melanie Miller says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying you will be comforted by your memories and blessed by your family time honoring this special man.
    And the wreath with tools? Genius. Love it.

  5. Grandparents are such special people. Praying for peace for your family as you celebrate his life. How neat that your boys were able to know him, too. Blessings.

  6. I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. What a wonderful life celebration you all will have. Bless you all.

  7. To weave his tools into a floral tribute is truly one of the most inspiring, intimate memorials I’ve heard of in a long time. Blessings of peace and hope as you and your family grieve, my friend …

  8. I am so sorry for ya’lls loss. My grandmother is 86 and in poor health so we believe it will only be a matter of time. I dread the day I can’t call her & chat. I will pray for your husband, you, your boys and the rest of your grandfather in laws family. May he rest in peace.

  9. So sorry for your loss. I really love the idea of incorporating tools in to the flower arrangement. What a fantastic way to remember him and his life. My grandfather is still living and in his 90’s and I know the day will be coming soon. I’m fortunate in that he has gotten to see his great grandchildren start elementary school and actually my son and him share the same birthday. For the rest of my sons life, he and us will remember happily my grandmother/his great grandfather happily on their birthday.

  10. I’m sorry for your loss of a wonderful man of your family. We miss grandparents because they had such long lives and gave us many memories. I love that photo of him with his great-grandchildren.

  11. I am so sorry but it sounds like he lived a wonderful life and now God has taken PawPaw home to a better place. He certainly was a handsome man! I am praying for all of you this week- as you move forward without him. xo Diana

  12. Praying for you and your family that you will be able to focus on the wonderful life he had, all my love!

  13. So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

  14. I lost my last grandparent last winter, and I’m convinced they really were part of a great, great generation. So sad for your loss, but glad you will be among family to celebrate his life.

  15. I’m sorry for your loss but happy to hear he had such a full and long life!

  16. So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

    Would love to see the flower arrangement if you got a photo of it. My husband’s grandfather was also a brick mason and he passed away in February. My husband got to inherit his grandpa’s tool set. Very special.

  17. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, but what an amazing legacy he has left.

  18. So sorry to hear. What lovely photos of him with your family. Just from this post, he is an inspiration to live well. Thank you for sharing. Praying for your family today.

  19. What a beautiful tribute post with pictures that clearly show what a bright shining light he was. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Blessings…

  20. I just saw this earlier on IG…the photo of the flowers was a beautiful tribute.
    Sorry for you husbands and your family’s loss…
    The Grace of the LORD Jesus Christ Be with your spirit. -phil 4:23

  21. So sorry for your loss!!! Love the ways you are celebrating his life!!

  22. Grand Pam says:

    Praying for your family during this time of sorrow.

  23. I’m sad for your loss. As I read, and saw the Christmas tree in the background, I thought, “wouldn’t be nice if they had a small tree this year with all of the things that reminded them of Big PawPaw.

    Love seeing you in the elevator at Allume. <3

  24. Joy Manoleros says:

    Praying for your family this morning.
    My grandfather, too, was a master mason…AND a master carpenter AND master plumber. Large, gritty hands that could be so gentle…
    My husband is a brick mason, too.
    I love the idea of that arrangement with his tools and the artistic way you’re honoring his contribution. Blessings for a day of remembering. <3

  25. So sorry for your loss. Your family is In my prayers. How wonderful that your family had such a role model of a life well lived. I am sure he will be missed by all whose life he touched, but how he inspired them will live on forever.

  26. Prayers for your wonderful family in this time of loss. He had a kind face and your husband does too… his legacy of love and of building lives on. Love the idea of the tool flower arrangement.

  27. Through the midst of tears there is rejoicing. :) How blessed your family is to have had such a great and godly man leading the way. May you know God’s comfort and grace in amazing measure today and in the days ahead. Praying especially for Chad as he is privileged to speak today. My sincere sympathies.
    p.s. How truly special to have an arrangement made with the tools of his hands.

  28. What a wonderful legacy Chad’s grandfather left behind and what a blessing for your family to have had the influence of such a godly man. I know you will miss him. Praying that even though it is a sad time for your family that the Lord will fill you with joy as you celebrate his homegoing.
    Much love Rhondi

  29. Cindy Lynn says:

    Thinking of you today as your family celebrates such a dear man! What a blessing for your children to know & love a GREAT Grandparent! My children also had that privilege & still has a great grandfather that is 98 & still sharp as a tack. Until July he still drove, volunteered 4 days a week at the hospital & planted a garden! Soak in God’s goodness as you all come together to celebrate His goodness! <3

  30. I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. May his memory always be a blessing to you all.

    And what joy that your children knew their great grandfather and had him in their lives for so long. Such a gift!

  31. Sorry for your family’s loss and praying for comfort.

  32. I’m so sorry for your loss. I miss my grandparents to this day and it’s been 20 years or more.

    I love the tool wreath idea…what a wonderful way to commemorate their father.

  33. So much respect for his life. Wonderful to read.

  34. I am sorry for your loss, too, but I hope your husband knows how blessed he was to have known and loved his grandfather for such a long time. I never knew any of my grandparents–but have hopes of meeting them in heaven one day! The flowers sound wonderful. I hope you are able to post a picture of them.

    Praying for your family.

  35. It is so hard to say goodbye to our beloved ones. The ONLY consolations are in knowing that they’ve gone somewhere better and our love for them will continue until we meet again.

  36. prayers for your family….
    sounds like a man that has left quite a legacy for your children and their children.

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