Farnsworth Sisters
Category: The Gift of Grandparenting

Some Recent Memories with Farnsworth Cousins

Christmas this year was Laser Tag.  The cousins made it a blast.  Oddly enough, I think I beat all of them at laser tag.  Because Annie was in Peru, we finished our Christmas gift by going canoing.  I love canoing in this weather.  I am glad I’m not a scout, though, because I did fall in the water while laughing.  Cousins Rock! 

Our Laser Tag Christmas 2011

Thanks for making this fun -- cool cousins.

A Grateful Heart

My heart is full of love for all of you that have helped or will help with the birth and care of beautiful Walker Nash…. I cry every time I see a picture of him or see him via skype…. But they are great tears. I feel so blessed to have all of you physically there and the Lord has wrapped his arms around me so that I can go forward and not worry or be weary. It was so nice to have Mama and Melissa a part of the delivery.  But a bigger thank you to Bonnie and Hali who kept Griff for each a full day.  Thank you Mom for being there to bathe him too.

I testify that this is the Lord’s work and that when we are in his service there is no greater happiness to be had. He is in this work and I love working with Him. And now another wonderful blessing from Him to our family, the birth of a healthy, glorious grandson. There is really nothing better. Thank you all again. I love you so much. How do people get along without 8 sisters and great parents and all the cousins and nieces, aunts, uncles, nephews etc… .  I need you all.

03 Golden slumbers

Grampy Joe

This is Joseph Alroy Farnsworth, our grandpa. He died 41 years ago this month, 7 years before I was born.  I never knew him here on this earth, but all of my sisters did.  I have read a lot about his life growing up in the Mexican Colonies and losing his own father when he was 8 years old.  I have heard about his quick smile and love of people.  I have heard how much he loved my mom.  I know that he had a ranch where he loved to go and spend time with my brothers and sisters and his other grandchildren and they would fish and ride horses.  I even know the name of some of the horses.  I know he liked to watch Bonanza.  I love hearing these memories about Grampy Joe, but recently I read a letter from a cousin about Grampy Joe that taught me more about who he was and is.   The letter is from his niece, Erma Farnsworth Andersen.  Her father, Wilford Farnsworth, was Grandpy’s older brother, and in some ways filled the father role for Grampy as his father died at a young age.

When Wilford was old, ill, and near death, Erma took care of him.  She wrote a letter to Grampy Joe about his visits to her Dad, Wilford during this time.  Here are some excerpts:

“As long as I live I shall never forget your faithfulness in visiting my own dear Dad every day when he was sick for four  long months before he passed away.  That was the bright spot of the day and you never let him down.  I knew you were working hard each day and long hours and most men, after a long day would think that once a week was plenty often to visit a loved one.  Not you!  You went the extra mile.”

“I remember especially one rainy, wet night at about 7:00 in the evening he began watching for you.  I tried to let him know that probably because it was such a stormy night, you wouldn’t be coming; but with a twinkle in his eye he said, ‘he’ll be here, my girlee.’  And sure enough, it wasn’t long until I heard your cheery voice at the front door.  I think I gave you an extra hug that night.”

“You made things so much easier by your visits.  Whe he was in special pain, you laid your hands on his head and through the power of the Priesthood you held so nobly, you blessed him and comforted him and gave him peace of mind.  Your prayers were beautiful and your faith was deep and strong.  When you prayed you talked to the Lord in such a special way.”

“Just a couple of weeks before he died, from my bedroom I could hear you two talking.  Occasionally there was a hushed sob.  You loved each other so very much and had complete confidence in each other.  You talked of your families and your great love for them; and then my Father told you that he      knew it wouldn’t be long until he would be called home.  And he said, ‘Joe you look after my family for me, will you?’ And Uncle Joe, chokingly you assured him that you would.”

“He did die about two weeks after that and true to your word you were always interested in how we were all getting along.  You checked with me often and I shall always treasure our visits.”

I love Joseph Alroy Farnsworth, my grandfather.  I am blessed to be one of his grandchildren.  I thank him for leaving me a legacy of faith and kindness and love.  I hope I can honor him by living a life full of faith, kindness, and love.