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Two Lives, Two Beginnings

The oldest and the youngest members of Brett’s family have started new beginnings…

kai and grandmaWe got word this morning that Brett’s grandmother passed away in her sleep at about 3:00am…which was two hours before we arrived home from our sixteen hour drive home after visiting with her on Sunday and introducing her to our newest member of the family.  Boy are we grateful we made the trip to see her.  She had been somewhat confused and having a hard time the few days before we took the kids to see her, but on Sunday she was alert, talking to us, and she smiled almost the entire time we were there as I sat Kai up next to her on her bed.  She was so happy to see Luca, Lincoln, and Anna.  It had been a year and a half since we had been to Utah and I am sure they looked so much more grown up to her.  When we got there she told us she had been waiting to go to sleep until she could meet baby Kai.  The kids were quiet, respectful, and loving with her and we were very proud parents.  Kai smiled and coo’d and responded to her touch and she stroked his cheeks and hands.  It was hard to say goodbye knowing that it was going to be the last time we saw her alive.   What a blessing that we were prompted to make that last minute short trip back before she passed away.

This is a picture Brett took of his mom comforting his grandma a day and a half before she passed away.


We love you grandma and we are happy you have been reunited with your sweetheart. 


  • I’m so grateful you were able to make it there before she passed away. It is very special to think of her seeing the children and feeling your love. It sounds like she went very peacefully.

  • I’m sorry to hear of your loss but so happy to that you were able to go visit with her. My Grandmother passed away last year and I hadn’t seen her for several years before that. I got to go home for her funeral but I felt very sad that I hadn’t gotten to see her. But I too know she is in a better place. She’s with her sweetheart and three of her children.
    And I love to think of how those who pass on are no longer bound by the prisons of their sick bodies. One day they will be reuinited but they will be whole and healthy again.

  • Maryanne

    I’m so sorry to hear about Brett’s grandmother . How wonderful that you were all able to see her and say good-bye! I sat here and cried when I saw the picture of Kai and her together. That is so precious, and he will be so happy to have that. It is very touching to see the contrast of the two of them – one just beginning his earthly journey and the other about to end hers.

  • whim

    Thank you mom, Keli, and Maryanne. I still cry when I look back at the pictures. It was one of the neatest moments of my life watching Kai and grandma communicate. Their spirits spoke to each other. It was very touching.