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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Monday, February 8

Grandpa Ron

I write with great sadness that Jim's dad, Ron, passed away early yesterday (Sunday) morning. He was at home surrounded by those he loved, just as he wanted it. He simply went to sleep and took his last breath at 12:43am. Ron has battled health issues associated with his heart condition his whole life but things took a turn for the worse in August. Never fully "recovering," he was in the hospitals in Ortonville and Rochester since Dec 16 until he came home on hospice care on Jan 15.

Visitation will be at the Congregational UCC in Ortonville, MN from 5-7pm on Thursday, Feb 11 with a prayer service at 7pm. His funeral will be at the First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville at 11am on Friday, Feb 12 with visitation one hour before the funeral. His burial will immediately follow the funeral at Mound Cemetery.

Since Ron loved being a grandpa almost more than anything, here are some photos of each of the kids with him:
Finn with Grandpa and Memere at Grandparent's Day, May 2015
Korri with Grandpa and Memere at her dance recital, May 2015
Mac happy on Grandpa's lap watching some Thanksgiving football, Nov 2014
You can say a lot about Ron but whatever you say, it will lead back to the fact that he was present. He showed up whenever he could. He took such great pride in the things that were important to him. I wish he could have stayed with us longer but looking back, we are all so lucky to have had him as long as we did.

Rest in peace, Ron. You fought the good fight for a really long time and now it is your turn to rest. Thank you for giving me the best part of you...Jim. Your grandchildren will know with every fiber of their being, what a wonderful and loving father and grandfather you were. Thank you for loving me as much as you would have had I been born to you. You will be missed always, but the legacy you've give us will live forever through us.

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