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Maxwell Erik Grablin



I wanted to take some time today and make a Dedication post to a former 12 year old student of mine from my school that I had the privilege to have known for the last 3 1/2 years.  He lost his life to a terrible accidental injury at his home.  I attended his funeral yesterday and let me just say, I am so glad I did.  I was witness to the most beautiful celebration of life I have ever seen.  One little 12 year old boy made a huge impact on so many people and it was so evident on the size of the crowd.  He wasn’t just any little boy and the guest speakers captured this angelic little boys character so perfectly!  One of the songs that was sang was titled “Burrowed Angels” and it fit Max so perfectly!  Even his mother and father spoke,  I don’t know how they did it, and I was truly inspired by them.

This tragedy has really knocked me off my feet for the past week. It seems to have uncovered all the loss my family and I have had over the past 5 years.  If you are a new reader or follower.  Both of my sisters loss their oldest child not so long ago (a year apart) and when I heard about Max’s death, it seemed to just make that time in my life come rushing back to me.

I could write a book about yesterday and this wonderful young man,

but instead I will close by saying that I feel very privileged to have known you Max,

I am a better person because of you Max,

 and you will always be in my heart!

Love, Mrs. Leppek

21 thoughts on “Maxwell Erik Grablin

  1. Oh this is awful news, but a beautiful tribute to your student. I am sorry for your loss and sending cyber HUGS!

  2. Bless you for going to that service and for being a part of Max’s life. As much as he touched yours, I know you touched his too. ((Hugs)) to you as you navigate the emotional swells this event has brought!!

  3. Oh Nancy I have tears in my eyes just reading your story. Love to be able to just give you a BIG HUG. Thinking of you at this sad time. OK sending you that BIG HUG – well lots of them really.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss and the loss for Maxwell’s family. It sounds like the service was a wonderful tribute to Max’s life and the impact he made in the lives of others. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. So sorry. It sounds like he was an outstanding young man. I know how much he will be missed.

  6. So sorry for the loss of Max. Prayers for the family all that knew him.
    God Bless.

  7. So sorry for your loss. I saw the article about the terrible accident, and was heartened to see how loved this boy was. Hugs, my friend.

  8. What a sweet face! So sorry that his life ended so tragically. Thought about you yesterday. It had to be a very hard day. Thoughts and prayers to all who loved him. HUGS to you!

  9. It’s sad that it sometimes takes a tragedy to see the blessings in people lives. Or the blessings they bring to our lives. I’m so sad for you, Nancy, and for Max’s family. Peace and comfort to you all.

  10. Lovely post, Nancy. Life is so precious–what a reminder.

  11. Nancy how terribly sad, what a beautiful post.

  12. How tragic Nancy, but beautifully written.

  13. Sweet Max is smiling down on us and will continue to impact our lives and others forever. I hope you are feeling better now. I could see you were really shaken up by this tragedy!

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