Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pennies from Heaven

So, I'm stealing my post title from Nat - she wrote about this in a more timely fashion. :)

My Grandma Spracher died two years ago, and we girls hadn't been to the gravesite since her burial. Lex was visiting a few weeks ago, and we decided to make the trek to Rigby to take a look at Grams' grave. We hadn't seen the gravestone yet - it's so beautiful:

Do you see those pennies on it? Grams used to pick up pennies that she saw lying in the street, in parking lots, etc. She liked to say that, every time you saw a penny on the ground, someone in heaven was thinking about you. I love that! Mom and her siblings have been putting coins on Grams' grave when they visit. We added our own to the collection:

The other day, I was picking up some stuff from Smith's, and I saw a penny in the entrance, on the floor. I grinned and picked it up. Some teenagers snickered at me, but I didn't care. :)

My Grandma H used to put five pinecones on my Grandpa H's grave every time she visited. They stood for five words: "I will always love you." I think stuff like that is so neat. Ben and I will have to figure something out that we can do if one of us dies before the other, which is pretty likely. :) I wish we could die at the exact same time.

Here are me, Nat, and Lex (I look like such a piece of crap next to them!!):

And Nat, Lex, and Mom:

Mom told the cutest story about Grams that I hadn't heard before - she and Gramps were praying one time, and Gramps is hard of hearing, and he couldn't hear Grams' prayer. So he goes, "Speak up!" And Grams says, "I'm not talking to you."

This is the grave of my great-grandpa:

And his first wife - she died when Gramps was only five, of impetigo:

My mom brought a couple of her beautiful roses to put on the grave:

It's a little blurry - I didn't know that I had a flower setting! Ben taught me that later. So from now on, my flower pictures will be much-improved.


anjie said...

Whatever! You don't look like a piece of crap. I looked at that picture and then saw your comment. It was opposite of my thought. I think you look cute.

Gifford Family said...

What nice memories!

Barnard Family said...

You always have the best stories. I can't wait to find a penny now...I would like to think that someone from heaven is thinking about me!

p.s. you look great! So there!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful thoughts. Shawn and I joke that I will have the words "whatever" on his grave and he will put "As If" on mine. Next time I am in Provo I need to go and visit my Grandpa's grave.
Oh and you look Great not crapish at all.

Nat said...

Crap schmap! "You could be a part-time model!" :)

Angela said...

Love the stories especially the penny one and the "I'm not talking to you!"  That is so funny! It's fun to see your sisters and mom in the pictures too. You look great! (give yourself some credit!)

Lynita said...

I love those stories, so sweet! By the way you look great in that picture!

Janiece said...

I thought you look beautiful!!! You silly girl!!

I have a thing about recording headstones and information.
I love the story of the pennies.
How special. I will start remembering that when I see one lying on the ground.

Gramma & Grampa said...

I love the penny story. That's so cute of your Grandma. And the prayer story totally cracked me up. I'm going to have to remember that one.
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