Friday, October 26, 2012

A real life hero!

I don't think there is a pain that hurts more than when you lose a loved one. When someone who was close to you is there no longer, there seems to be an empty spot in your life. You know that life must go on without that special person. My Grandpa was a special person in my life. He was a godly man who loved us grandkids beyond words. He always had a smile on his face. Visiting Pop was always a joy for me, I loved getting wrapped up in his big bear hugs, I loved hearing him pray, and just knowing that I could ask him to pray for me, and he would. I will treasure those moments forever!! His gray hair and warm smile made him the most attractive grandpa in the world! He always had a kind word to say, and always found some way to help others out. You can probably tell that my grandpa and I had a very special relationship. I'll never forget the pain in my heart when I found out my grandpa was with the Lord, the aching of my heart was just too much to bear. I don't think I've ever cried so hard in all my life. One thing that really stands out in my mind about my Grandpa, not only was he a godly man but he used his time wisely. I don't remember him wasting half his days in front of the TV, I do remember him doing, for his family and for others. He was always there if you needed to talk, and oh such an amazing prayer warrior. I thank the Lord for the times I got to spend with Him. They are times I'll never forget. And I am thankful for all that I learned from him and most of all, I am thankful he is no longer in pain, but he is in heaven where he is free from pain and suffering and he is seeing and worshiping his dearly loved savior FACE TO FACE!!!

Kenneth Ralph Marken- September 26, 1924- September 30, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2. Nothing stinks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How in the world are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be alot more interesting if they told how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at wok when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I was Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear the forever.

22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and pinning the Tail on the Donkey- but I'd bet every can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize their brain is also important.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Grandpa- My hero, is now dancing with Jesus!

My Grandpa, My hero.
My grandpa was the most amazing man I ever knew. He was Kinda, caring, loving and gentle. He had the most comforting smile, and when he prayed he really lead you to the throne room of Jesus! His love for God inspired him to love LOTS of others… not the least his 7 children, 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was a friend to everyone. Just like a piano has 88 keys.. which together make beautiful music, my grandpa lived 88 years, each life a different note and when put together it was a beautiful life. My grandpa was also the only guy who was always there for me.. I remember him being excited FOR me over my so grand adventures.. always asking me when the next one was… always wanting to meet my friends. I remember the day I got my drivers license, he followed me everywhere I drove… just in case :) I also remember when I was about 4.. and I was spending time at his house.. he got a blank tape and let me record my nothingness (which is the most embarrassing tape i own now) for hours..LOL!- My grandpa was also the one who got me set up with my very first computer….. ( I also think I got my love for taking pictures from him ) I don't really ever remember my grandpa doing "nothing" he was always busy.. even in the end when he couldn't do much and we all thought he was sleeping- his reply to us.. "Oh I was praying" oh I know he was… I know I am who I am today because of the HUGE part he played in my life.. He fought a good fight. He finished well. I can't even imagine the things he is experiencing RIGHT now! but oh how my heart aches.. I have this empty spot now…     
Kenneth Ralph Marken
September 26, 1924- September 30, 2012