Friday, February 27, 2009


Christmas 2007

Ever wonder where we got the Thomas in Austin Thomas?

We played the name game for months when I was pregnant. Chad and I had a fairly good idea where we were leaning, but were waiting for Austin to make that confirmation. No set names until we saw that face...It drove everyone crazy -not knowing..and that was part of the fun!

Austin was just for was one of the only names that we both agreed on...not a family name nor a deeply significant one..we just liked it. But I also wanted him to have a name that was more than just a trend. That's where we got Thomas -after my paternal grandfather, Thomas Carlton (Pawpaw to me).

This name was special to me not just because it was a family name...but also because of the man behind the name. A strong, hard working World War II veteran...a man that made a promise to be saved and walk with Christ so that he could one day join his son in heaven. A man that kept that promise and spent every Sunday morning in church. A man that loved his wife so deeply that he was lost without her, yet somehow managed to keep going. And, behind that tough exterior, I saw a sweet old man that I admired. And every time I say, Austin Thomas, I think of him.
We lost him on Sunday morning. He was 84.

I was lucky enough to have seen him on Saturday night. When I drove up, he was standing in the doorway with a smile on his face. And when I left, I think I woke him from a doze when I leaned over and kissed him goodnight. I'm so thankful because I will always have that vivid memory of the last time I saw him to carry with me...


JSmith5780 said...

Holli & Chad-I am so sorry for your loss. Maybe having Pawpaw will have some pull up there and send Austin some medical healing from above.

Thinking of you

baby trevor's mommy said...

Both of my boys' middle names were taken from Grandparents... Tobin Beiler...and Trevor Corwin. Bristel has Jaide...just cause it sounded cute with the Bristel part! *smile*