The hardest part next to lack of physical touch when losing a family member is grasping that you won’t be able to watch them live their dreams. Grant’s life was taken at the age of 23; an age in which those dreams were becoming clear to him. Our family will have to come to terms that Grant won’t be able to get married or experience the joy of bringing a new life into this world, but some dreams we can make happen.
Grant began framing houses and building from the ground up at a very young age. He helped people with all of their big projects; digging basements with a shovel, roofing shelter when one was in need, and creating a solid foundation under ones feet. Grant did this with love and an open heart and never expected the returned favor, but always appreciated a thank you and a good pie or steak for his hard work.
Only weeks prior to Grant leaving us here on Earth he applied to go to school to be an architect; a dream he was reaching to obtain. He wanted to learn more about design and turn his passion into a career. Grant, Dad and Mama had the plan that when the time was right our family’s land in Pine River, MN would be signed over to Grant and he would build a home. He always said he’d build the house and us girls could get all the toys; boats, 4 wheelers, snowmobiles etc. He wanted a place for us to all come together as a family on weekends and play hard.
As a memorial to our son, brother, and uncle we are building “Grant’s Place”; a dream he spoke often of. This project is a part of our grieving process. It’s something we can create with him as he leads us to what it’s going to be. We will forever be able to go to Grant’s and feel like a dream of his was able to come alive. One month prior to his departure I sent him a message saying, “I want to watch you live your dreams”… And this is the project our family needs
Through this blog we will post our journey and building process of Grant’s Place. We have more than carpentry in mind for this masterpiece and we can’t wait to share it.
Grant, we miss you more and more each day. We wish we could bring you back to join us on your project. Please be with us each step of the way and guide us to make your home exactly as you dream it to be. XOXO our boy.