SwimStrong SKG

I really miss blogging about Stephen.  Lucky for me there are some ongoing things I want to share.

Stephen has so many friends that love him that the joy just keeps coming.  The Hilltop Aquatics Swim Team (HAST), held their Last Chance Qualifier meet in honor of Stephen. They had a big poster made about him that now hangs in the American Fork Fitness Center on the wall across from the track.  Micheal King, a long time swimming friend of our family, had a T-shirt and swim caps designed in Stephen’s honor.  These were also sold at the meet.  The proceeds from this far exceeded what was expected due to great support and donations.  Coach Janet Oles, (Stephen’s coach beginning at age 7) brought the funds to our house.  Micheal King later presented us with the proceeds from the swim caps.  Gratitude is not a big enough word for what we feel.  It is far more than the money, it is the gesture of love, appreciate, and desire to never forget our son that is so moving to us.  It is so wonderful to know that he won’t be forgotten.

One of the most difficult things going forward from his funeral, is the necessity of moving on with life.  You can’t live forever in that moment, but you hate to leave it, because you feel in some ways that you are leaving him behind.  It has helped to create new memories honoring him and having some pictures, t-shirts, swim caps and other things that help us know he is not forgotten.  I love to go to swim practice and see so many kids wearing an SKG SwimStrong cap.  I want to tell them “Awesome cap!  That’s my boy!”  I frequently see yellow or black SwimStrong shirts around town.  I love it.

I especially want the members of the HAST team, many that I don’t even know, how much we appreciate their support.  The funds raised have been used to purchase Stephen’s headstone.  We were able to get a really beautiful granite headstone.  We hope it will be put in by his birthday, June 9th.  If not, it will for sure be in by July.  We hope that it can be a physical reminder to us, and to you, of the difference you have made in our lives.  One day I went to Costco to pick up a canvas wrap photo of Stephen that I had printed.  When I picked up the box, it had a receipt taped to it with a note that said someone had already paid for it.  It was a HAST parent.  To whomever that was – thank you.  It was such a sweet gesture   I can’t help but smile every time I see that picture!


I have more to say, but I’ll save it for a couple of days so I can blog again.  Love to you all!


About Jane Griener

I am from SLC, UT. I grew up in a wonderful family in the south part of the Salt Lake valley. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers. I married my best friend, Jeff Griener when we were 21 years old. We have 6 children. 4 boys and 2 girls. I've had many adventures in business and life. Too many to tell about in a simple 'about you' spot. My life is centered around my family and they are the most important factor in my life. I like gardening, photography, cooking, knitting, graphic design and lots of other things. I speak a little spanish. Fall is my favorite season of the year, but I think having all 4 seasons is what makes me love fall so much. Religion plays a big roll in my life. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Striving to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and become a better person each day is my goal. Well, that is a bit 'about me!'
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3 Responses to SwimStrong SKG

  1. Dee Warren says:

    Thank you Jane for keeping me updated. I can’t wait to see stephen’s headstone. He is still blessing your live in so many ways, just through others. You deserve them all, and one day you will pay it forward. Your family is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing with so many of us.

    Sent from my iPod

  2. Julie Brown says:

    I miss your blogging too! I’m so glad you’re still getting some support there, what an awesome swim team. I hope you keep updating or even sharing thoughts and memories. You are an inspiration.

  3. Doris Rasmussen says:

    Hi to the Griener family,

    We think of you often and hope you are doing ok. Thanks for keeping us updated. We love Stephen and it was wonderful to meet his great family.
    We wish you the best.
    Dave and Doris Rasmussen

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