Just think of stepping on shore and finding it heaven,

of touching a hand and finding it God’s,

of breathing new air and finding it celestial,

of waking up in glory and finding it home!

Stanley “Gramps” Sluiter

July 1, 1939 – December 25, 2010

We love you.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. xoxo

  2. I have no words for you, either. But I do send hugs.

  3. Awesome post Katie…I have to know what the third one done gets!

    Oh and I also have to know how people felt about you taking pictures? I wanted to when my Grandpa died last year to keep a journal this way but felt like people would be mad?

    • the third one gets three more…brussel sprouts that is! it was his way of encouraging them to get their plates cleared!

      No one saw me take pics. I did it all before or after there were any people there. I wanted to be discreet about it since people didn’t need the paparazzi around, ya know?

  4. Sweetie. I didn’t know you’ve had a loss, I’ve been so busy. I’m sorry for your loss AND on Christmas? My heart goes out to you and your family. We lost my grandfather in ’08 to cancer and it was so horribly hard. Know that I’m thinking of you.

    • thanks, my lovely friend. yes, we lost Cort’s dad to cancer in ’05 and it feels like we just finished reeling from that and here we are again. sigh…

      thank you for your thoughts. they are felt.

  5. Praying for your family today, Katie. I love the Tootsie Rolls – my dad was the one who always brought gum to church. Such special memories!

  6. Beautiful and touching post… I’m so sorry for your lost. I’ll be thinking of you.

  7. Beautiful. No words needed. Lots of hugs and prayers for you and Cort.

  8. No words are needed, Katie.

    A beautiful tribute that makes me feel like I kind of new the man he was. & I think I would have liked him a lot.

    • I think you would have like him too. never met anyone who didn’t love him. he was just that kind of guy.

  9. Mariah Meersma says

    My uncle’s father died on Christmas eve.. today we had the funeral as well.. i am unsure of what to say to help, but i just wanted you to know that you are not alone, and its okay to feel a little lost today.. lots of love sent your way

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss – this was a beautiful post. I am new to your blog, and found you at such a difficult time. Look forward to reading more posts on your great blog. Hang in there….

    • I am so sorry that you had to find me in the middle of a down time. I promise I get more spunky and sassy 🙂 Welcome to Sluiter Nation! 🙂

  11. Beautiful tribute. So sorry for your loss.

  12. Oh I am so, so sorry to read this Katie. Hugs to you and your family, and what a tribute this is to a wonderful sounding man.

    • this tribute didn’t even do him justice. he was beyond tributes…that is how awesome he was. but thank you. thank you so much.

  13. This is beautiful Katie. ::hugs to you and your family::

  14. love you friend.

  15. So sorry for your loss. It is especially difficult at this time of year. Your picture tribute was beautiful, Katie. I love that photo of “Gramps”

  16. Beautiful and touching. Hugs…

  17. Beautiful post. Love you. Thinking of you, Cort, and the rest of your family today. <3

  18. ::HUGS:: What a touching tribute. Keeping you and your family in my prayers tonight! God bless!

  19. Beautiful. Hugs to you friend.

  20. So beautiful, dear one. So so beautiful.

    You captured lovely images to remember the celebration of a life joyfully lived.

    Much love to all of you.

    • thank you. thank you so very much.

      i feel like these pictures do nothing to show the wonder that was the man, but it’s a start.

      thank you for your love. it is much appreciated. love back.

  21. sending you love.

  22. This turned out beautiful. You did a great job sis. Love ya, and look forward to seeing you put it all together.

  23. So powerful with no words. Hugs my friend.

  24. I can see that your grandpa was truly loved and honored in your family. He will live on forever in your memories and the stories that you tell. You’ll never miss him less, but you will be able to move on. I, too, lost my grandfather (albeit many years ago) and it was so hard. But I relay stories of him to my son and my husband and in the telling of my memories, I can keep him alive in their memories, too.

    Sending lots of prayers and e-hugs.

    • thank you so much for your sweet words, my dear. you are right. when we lost my grandma, i thought the pain would never go away. My husband and son never got to meet her, but I keep her alive and here by all the stories I tell…and that is what we will do with Cort’s gramps.

      thank you so much for this reminder. it was needed.

  25. My heart just broke in half for your family, Katie.
    The brussel sprout card and the tootsie roll bowl brought tears to my eyes.
    Your photos are stunning, Katie. Amazing job.
    Much love to you and Cort.

    • thank you my dear friend. thank you. That is the kind of guy gramps was. he had personality coming from every part of his being. he was quite a character!
      thank you for being so supportive. we are so lucky to have you in our life!

  26. oh I know that cemetery all too well. Peace, my friend.

  27. Thanks you – just doesn’t say how appreciative I am for what you’ve done and the wonderfully discreet manner in which you accomplished it.
    Love, Gram

    • it’s all I know how to give, grams. I am so glad you like it. I can’t wait to give you something to hold in your hands. Love you so much.

  28. These pictures are beautiful and a loving tribute. Sorry for your loss, friend.

  29. Katie, my heart goes out to you. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    You showed us his love and humor so perfectly.

    A beautiful tribute.

    • thank you my friend. that is what I was trying to do. he was such a blessing to everyone who met him. thank you for seeing what I was trying to show.

  30. So sorry for your loss. Words can never be enough. my heart is with you and your family in this sad time. Know that your gramps is watching over you and yours now

  31. I know this is really late, but I wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. This post and your husband’s post yesterday (or the day before?) bring back so many memories for me. Such a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man and a great love. I think that’s what we all strive for.

  32. oh, i just saw that gram commented.


    love the pictures, what a beautiful post.


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