Celebrating Paul's Life

After a light snowfall early in the morning and heavy rain mid-morning, everyone was prepared for a wet graveside service honoring Grandpa Paul, so it was a pleasant surprise when the sun’s rays peeked through the clouds, and the only evidence of a storm was the thunder that clapped around the red cliffs of Kanab.

Because we expected to be standing out in a storm, we decided to dress warm and casual…something Grandpa would’ve enjoyed. In fact, many of us wore plaid flannel shirts in honor of Paul!

Paul requested a simple family service with Sterling to dedicate the grave, which he did beautifully. Veterans from the American Legion Post 69 performed the three rifle volleys, and the reverent ceremony was so powerful and humbling.

Afterward, we gathered for a family photo and went to Stampin’ Up! for lunch and reminiscing…just the way Paul would’ve wanted it! Later in the afternoon, everyone enjoyed a walk down memory lane as we spent time in Mom’s and Paul’s home and yard, reminiscing about and admiring the warm and comfortable home they created together.

I believe their spirits were there to feel our love and admiration for them. It was a nice way to end a beautiful day of celebrating Paul’s life!