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Airway Heights, WA, United States
I'm a retired lady who is enjoying writing to help others. My husband and I have 4 children, 14 grandchildren (1 is in heaven), 7 great grandsons and 3 great granddaughters. We enjoy riding ATVs & camping, and spending time with family & friends. In the past I have been a church youth leader, cub scout and 4H leader, and studied under the Sitka Christian Counselor's Assoc. My first book "Father, Forgive My Father" was published in 2005, and you will see references to it throughout my blogs. Now I'm writing magazine articles & building my platform for my book. Currently I am enjoying being on talk radio interviews. I am also available to present my workshop "Becoming God's Woman" to church and women's groups. My greatest desire is to see people set free from the bondage of sexual child abuse and become healed and free children of God, ready to soar to new heights of victory and have life more abundantly. THIS is what God wants for His children. In the new year 2012, I intend to write more frequently on this blog, so visit us often.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Sharing My Grandson's Life

On July 12th of this year, I received one of those phone calls that a parent or grandparent never wants to get. It was my daughter-in-law, Tammy, calling to let me know that my 22 year old grandson, Jake, was missing on the Talkeetna River up in Alaska. They moved up there a few years ago, and I get up there once a year to visit my son and his family. This news was hard to grasp because Jake had just been down here this Spring and had managed to make contact with most of his family. Now...missing in a raging, cold river??? NO, NO, I couldn't take it in, and a wave a nausea came over me, and after I hung up, the tears came. This precious grandson was the only one of my grandchildren who always offered to help me in my yard, and would come and stay with me. As I said, he was down this Spring, and I had the privilege to have him join me on a trip down the coast to our family beach house. He stayed with me and my girlfriend who was also visiting, for a couple of days. During that time, my friend and I had opportunities to discuss his philosophy of life, ask questions and exchange thoughts. He was such a free soul, who was upset with the establishment and didn't have much faith in our nation...only in our Lord. He spent the past few years of his life, playing his guitar at coffee houses and on the streets, and living among the homeless so that he could share the Lord, and any food he could find. He told me that "A lot of times, Grandma, I had to go "dumpster diving" just to feed the people who were hungry. Is it any wonder that when they held the first Celebration of Jake's Life in Anchorage, AK, that 1,500 people showed up to pay their respects and to remember how he had touched their lives? And so many people shared at our local memorial service what a wonderful, memorable young man he was. I want to take this opportunity to share my grandson, Jacob's, life with you all. He will be missed and loved by his family and friends forever.

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"The only people who are truly free are the ones who live in a continual spirit of forgiveness."

1 comment:

  1. Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about Jake, but what an inspiration he must have been to so many people in his young life! I am touched to hear about the way he shared his faith with those who may not have otherwise ever had the chance to hear about our Lord. God bless you and your family!


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