Monday, April 28, 2008

my grandma

this is a photo of my grandma just two weeks ago. she passed away saturday morning. her entire family was by her side through the night. it was a long night full of the known, yet unknown. we talked to her, sang to her and prayed for her. on friday i told her i loved her and followed it with, "i know you love me, too." (which is what i have been doing since she has been unable to respond) for the first time in a week, she whispered, "i do" and winked at me. winking has sort of been our little thing this past month-her way of agreeing with me or laughing with me.

here are just a few of the things for which i thank her: for taking me to church every sunday when i was a little girl, for taking me to pick blueberries every year and not getting upset that i ate more than i put in the bucket, for making me help keep her house clean when i stayed with her after school and during the summers (i promise i vacuumed every day), for being half of the couple whom i consider to be the perfect picture of true love, for not getting upset the time i used the iron to melt crayons all over the top of her freezer, for teaching me to sew when i was five years old and never giving up on me, but always challenging me to make it better.

so much of who i am is because of her. and i must say that i am so thankful that i had such a wonderful grandma, friend and role model. i will miss her, but am thankful that she is in a much better place.

30 comments:

amy t sharp said...

sorry for yr loss- she was obviously loved and wonderful. I speak to my gran everyday of my life. i am so sorry.

kristi said...

amy i have been thinking of you & praying for you and will continue to do so as you and your family walk together through this. what a wonderful woman your grandma sounds like--sort of like someone else i know... love & hugs.

madrekarin said...

Amy- I am so sorry about your grandma, but I am glad you have a heart full of memories to keep her with you.

Hugs to you-
Karin

Elizabeth said...

She sounds like she was an amazing woman. I wish I had those memories with my grandmother. Very special that you got to spend those last moments with her too. God Bless.

karin said...

Amy - those are beautiful words about your grandma. Those memories about growing up in the shadow of a wonderful role model will be with your always. She was blessed to have you as a granddaughter as well, especially as you loved and cared for her in the last days. I'm sorry to hear of her passing.

Kellie said...

Sorry about the lose of your dear Grandma....so touched byyour story & her "i do".
May your family's happy memories of her fill your days ahead.

erin said...

sweet amy i am so sorry to hear she passed away. i know you were close. it sounds like you had an amazing relationship, what a great blessing :) i miss you so much friend.

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

There's nothing like the time you spend with a beloved grandma. You write about her so beautifully. Thanks for sharing her story, and for giving me an opportunity to think back about my grandma, too. Take care.

triplethreat said...

Amy, I'm so, so sorry for your loss - but at the same time, I rejoice with you that your grandmother is home! What an amazing gift to have that last conversation with her - God certainly grants us those precious minutes to tuck away in our hearts until we see each other again.

Much, much love to you and your whole family during these difficult days!!! I will be praying for you!

asti said...

Oh gosh Amy, I'm so sorry about your loss. Sending hugs across the pond....I loved reading your stories about her and your childhoo. what a close, wonderful relationship..
asti x

beki said...

My thoughts are with you and your family...

Amelia Plum said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like she was such a wonderful woman and that you life was fuller for her having been in it. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

theindecisivepinay said...

To be blessed with wonderful and beautiful people in your life is truly a gift from God. I am fortunate to have met her and to have spent time with her. And though I didn’t really get to know her, I know that she was a strong, talented, uplifting, remarkable woman because I know you…and I know she played a tremendous role in who you are today. You are reminiscent of your grandmother: strong, passionate, beautiful, loving, kind and gifted. We rejoice with you and your family knowing she is present with the Lord, and we pray with you and your family as you grieve. I love you and miss you, my dear friend.

Bitterbetty said...

Fantastic Homage. she was beautiful and she will always be with you.
Hugs to you at this hard time.

Suzie Sews said...

I am so sorry for your sad loss, but what a wounderful lady and I think a real previlage to have had her in your lifs.

Marci said...

Oh Amy- I am so sorry. I know that you are so glad to have been able to be with her so much lately and make more memories. Very sweet words- how honoring, loving and tender. You know how proud she is of you and has always loved you. Aren't you so thankful for such a legacy?
I am thinking about you and praying for you.
Marci

Colleen said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandma. What a lovely post. You brought tears to my eyes.

Mick said...

Amy
What lovely words. Thinking of you and sending big hugs.
Thinking of you.

sew nancy said...

amy
the comment above is from me
i was on my husband's platform
-just so you know-

xx

Beemoosie said...

I am sorry for your loss. What a wonderful woman she must have been, and what a blessing you are following in her footsteps.
Hugs,
Bonnie

Penny said...

I am so sorry Amy. She sounds like she was such a blessing.
Hugs to you and your family,
Penny

Kelli said...

oh ,amy..i'm so sorry. the picture of her is amazing. beautiful.

dorie said...

what beautiful things to say and feel about your grandmother. I am so sorry for your loss.
-Dorie

fiona said...

What a fantastic lady.It looks like you were so blessed to have her and her you.I'm so sorry for your loss Amy. fiona xox

Linnea said...

I am sorry for your loss. She sounds like such a special woman and you memories precious.

Katherine said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss but glad you had such a loving and special relationship with your grandma. The love you have for her shines through in this beautiful post.

Isma Martinez said...

So sorry Amy. Lots of hugs and kisses from Vilanova for you, Michael and the kids.

Isma Martinez

jen said...

I'm sorry to hear this but I agree, she is in a much better place now. I love the part about the winking...just from that I sense she was quite the lady! Full of personality and love.

Stephanie Breuner said...

Amy,
I am catching up with your blog today and saw that your Grandma passed away. What a lovely tribute you have written about her. Aren't we fortunate to have had Grandma's we had relationships with? So many people hardly know their extended family. What a blessing! Look forward to the day when you will see her again, standing next to our savior, Jesus Christ.

skinimini said...

What a gal.

So sorry for your loss!

XOX

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