Most importantly, Adam's Grandpa Ken went to be with Jesus almost two months ago now. Grandpa Ken was (and will continue to be), such a special person to Adam. In the short four and a half year since I've been in Adam's life, I've gotten to know Grandpa Ken as well. I got to know his tender spirit, caring heart and humorous side. I had the privilege of witnessing him adore his children, grandchildren and wife, Grandma Jayne. Parkinson's was a part of his life, but everybody knew that didn't define him. His body became weak, but his spirit did not. Hearing stories at his memorial service was incredible. Friends and family came from all over to honor Grandpa Ken's life. We cried, laughed and recalled stories of strength, leadership, love and humor. One of my favorite stories was from when Adam was little. He had a lose tooth and wouldn't let Grandpa Ken pull it out. After Adam's protest, he and Grandpa started rough housing on the ground. He ended up on Grandpa's back and in a moment of play, got his tooth knocked out accidentally by Grandpa Ken's head. Adam had the biggest grin on his face when he told that. His love for his Grandpa was so obvious and unyielding. Fortunately, we get to celebrate as well; not simply mourn. Our tears fall a little softer, knowing this isn't goodbye, it's a see you later. How lucky are we?! I can't imagine navigating through moments like this without Jesus and our promise of eternal life with him and those we love.
|Grandpa Ken's hats. We took a family photo with us all wearing them :)|
|Grandpa Ken and the beautiful urn he made.|
|Amazing seafood dinner!|
|The plaza outside our office|
|Beautiful building in downtown Barcelona|
|Farmer's market candy stand|
|Soccer field in the middle of our office building :)|
We spent Easter with my family this year and had such a fun time finding Easter eggs with the littles! I have so many fun pictures to add from this day :) It was great being together as a family! It's also so cute that Willa can participate now. Her and Emeri loved finding their treats hiding in eggs and knew pretty quick which ones were candy and which ones were goldfish crackers. He is risen!
Adam's finished his first outreach session! Additionally, he is officially a fourth year student! We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's dim, but it's there and I'm so so proud of him for all of his hard work. He's a rock star and never complains about the stress or workload. He was up in Hibbing, MN, which is about 3.5 hours straight north, for four weeks (coming home today!!). He and three other dental students spent their days working on patients at the Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic. They have a supervising dentist to check work, but they see and tend to all of the patients. Adam loved it. At school, professors are much less readily available and getting worked checked off before moving to the next step takes a very long time. He's seeing about twice the number of patients (if not more) in Hibbing daily and loves it. They stayed at an apartment on campus and spent their evenings exploring fun restaurants, golfing and fishing. I was able to visit a few weekends ago and we had such a wonderful time! Hibbing is smack dab in the middle of the Iron Range, so of course we visited the mining pits. We also spent time exploring a few local state parks! Again, so many fun pictures from this weekend that I'll add. So excited to have him home!
|McCarthy Beach State Park|
|Hull Rust Mine|
Lots more to update on- work, volleyball and cabin trips! That will be next though, along with adding pictures to this post of course ;)