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.


14 thoughts on “About

  1. Kayla Abtin

    This is such an amazing project. I cannot wait to see it! Love you guys and God bless!

  2. Jenn Olson

    Love you guys! Praying that this will be a wonderful and healing experience that generations will be able to enjoy!

  3. wildpastor

    What a fitting tribute to Grant! A place for his family and friends to gather in love and fellowship for years to come. May God bless you as you build his dream together in his honor.

  4. Glenda

    This is the most incredible loving project I have seen! I pray that with Grant and with God, all will be as Grant would want it!

  5. Grant’s spirit was too alive to be forgotten here on earth. This is such a great idea.
    We remember good times with Grant and your family. Jeff and I still drop a
    ” Grantism” from time to time. He was a fun kid.

    Jeff and Kathryn Johnson
    Marnie, Abbey and Haley

  6. Auntie Roxy

    Grant place is the most awesome in the world. When I am there I can feel Grant there also. It may be the wind in my hair, The warm fire, Jessica and myself going to get fire wood and Grant helping us carry the load! Grant I miss you so much but I know you are with us every day! Love Auntie Roxyxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxo

    P.S. I close my window at night now so ya can’t sneak up and scare me!!! LOL Love ya Bud!!!!!

  7. Laura Lamson

    Wow, amazing. How touching. Thanks for sharing your story and journey. God Bless.

  8. cindy soderquist

    May God Bless your every step with Grant’s Place and may God also rain down on you tons of Lowe’s gift cards. I will mail one to you, dear Chelsey. I pray that other readers will do the same. You are all amazing and I will pray daily for this project of immense love for Grant.

  9. Nita Gilbert

    Beautiful. Healing. Empowering. My love goes with you, into the hands, the tools and all that Grant’s Place is and will be. xoxo Nita

  10. Mike Jones

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you often.
    Your loving family is going to do amazing things…God knows what Grant’s Place will bring to everyone who visits. Best of luck in this journey.

    Mike Jones and family

  11. dougdes

    Just saw your story in Kare 11. What a great dream you have carried on!

    I too, struggled with opiate and other addictions for over 30 years until I overdosed on opiates and was in a coma for 10 days. God granted me yet another chance after granting me many before.

    I have lost several family members to addiction along with countless friends, including my father in 1995 at a young age.

    If there is any way I can help you and your family, please do not hesitate to ask me!

  12. Scott Scantlen

    Hello. Saw your touching story on KARE11 News recently and wanted to comment. This is because I can sadly relate to some of what you have experienced. I lost my dear brother, 53 years old, just a little more than four months ago, in mid-March, when he unexpectedly overdosed on Methadone. He had suffered for 19 years with chronic back pain and became hooked on opiate medications. He was trying to get off of Methadone after he had been using it for several years as an alternative. At least he is now at peace and out of so much pain and suffering. But, I miss him so much and wish he could have hung on longer and had sought out more help. I don’t think people realize how dangerous and wide-spread opiate addiction is and how disastrous Methadone often is.

  13. Len Launderville

    Hi. Just finally brought myself to watch the KARE11 special, and Wow, what a special family you guys are! I know Steve from PTL tire, and he told me about this very touching news story. I too lost my 22 year old son Austin, on Feb 3rd this year, unfortunately to suicide. I too find it hard to move on, but family and friends keep me strong. My heart and prayers go out to your family, and a special thanks to Steve for sharing his thoughts and feelings with me during this difficult time. Steve told me “It’s OK to have a GOOD day once in awhile”, and he’s right!

  14. Please check out our page https://www.facebook.com/mnodaware and consider this a personal invitation from our team to you for the Minnesota Overdose Vigil https://www.facebook.com/events/153120358217748/.

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