A Fond Farewell

10847257_10154864705160401_3281772053450910475_oToday while I was driving I was trying to remember the last time that I talked to my Grandma.  I am fairly certain that it was Thanksgiving Day.  I called her to wish her and my Grandpa a Happy Thanksgiving.  They were bustling around the kitchen together getting their Thanksgiving dinner ready so we did not talk for very long.  I wished them a “Happy Thanksgiving” and told my Grandma that I loved her.  A week later to the day, she was gone.  Our dear, sweet, loving Grandma was no longer with us.

My Grandma was one of the kindest people I have ever known.  You know on her 90th birthday we all pitched in and got her a Mac Book which she loved learning how to use. Her love of learning never faltered.  She was a voracious reader, and loved learning how to use Google to find the information she needed. As a matter of fact at one point in her life she wrote a letter to The Encyclopedia Britannica correcting them, and they listened!

Some of my fondest memories of my Grandma include-

Her stories and memories of times gone by.  Especially the stories of how she met my Grandpa, and how their favorite place to go for their anniversary dinner was the Dog-n-Suds.

The fact that she drove a red convertible VW bug, and then a gorgeous blue Mustang. I thought she was so cool, and so hip!

We would always talk about gardening, composting and how her fruit trees were doing.  She would always ask how my garden was doing, or what I was planning on planting.

A couple of my conversations around her birthday centered around granddaughter Madison.  We were discussing the fact that Madison’s zodiac sign was the same as hers (Madison’s great-great grandma).  My Grandma kept telling me she’s going to be stubborn and independent just like me.  Remember my recent story about “Madditude”?

My memories of my Grandma are always surrounded by her love of her family.  She would always stay in touch with everyone on birthdays, anniversaries, and at Christmas time.  To me she was like the glue holding all of the extended family together.

I consider myself incredibly blessed to have been included in these five generation pictures over the years:

3-Renee's 5G

4-Naomi's

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Is still amazes me to this day that my Grandma, my Mom and I are in all three of these pictures.  Such priceless history, and such precious memories.   I will miss my Grandma dearly, and hold my memories of her close to my heart.

Sometimes life can be overwhelming.  The week before my Grandma passed away is when our daughter suffered a serious epileptic seizure.  I remember saying to myself I cannot handle anymore, my plate is overflowing.  But minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day we get through life.  My Mom and I have a new saying we share with each other when life is overwhelming us.  We just tell each other or remind each other that “Life is Life”.

12 comments

  1. Grandma Kc says:

    I am so sorry for your loss but I am so happy you have so many wonderful memories with your grandmother. 5 generations — that is pretty darned cool! Sadly my grandmother died many years ago. I still miss her. Grandmothers are very special.

  2. Elena Peters says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like an amazing woman. I love the pics. I have my kids in 5 generation pics too. I hope they appreciate them just as much one day. Thank you so much for linking up to #MidLifeLuv.

  3. Renee…so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful grandma. I must say, this is so appropos that I’m reading this today as today is my Nana’s 102nd b-day. She too is a dedicated learner…on the computer This is a reminder not to take her for granted. I hope you become less overwhelmed soon…

    • Karen- Oh wowza, sending birthday wishes to your Nana today! 102- that’s just amazing. Thanks for you kinds words, and I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit. I will look forward to visiting your blog too. Happy Saturday!!

  4. Renee…so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful grandma. I must say, this is so appropos…today is my Nana’s 102nd b-day. She too is a dedicated learner…on the computer This is a reminder not to take her for granted. I hope you become less overwhelmed soon…

  5. Alana says:

    I didn’t know one of my two grandmothers (she died 25 years before I was born) and my other grandmother died when I was 10. I’m happy you were able to have so many happy memories.

    • Hi Alana- we were truly blessed to have had my Grandma’s wisdom and knowledge surrounding us for as long as we did. I only hope I can be half the grandma that she was to my grandchildren. I’m so glad you stopped in for a visit. I look forward to visiting your blog too. Happy Saturday!

  6. Kimberly says:

    Your remembrances of your grandmother are so beautiful, it choked me up. It’s so nice that you have so many wonderful memories and photos to remember her by. She’s looking down and smiling on you.
    Thank you for joining in on our #MidLifeLuv link-up, we’re so glad to have you!
    Kimberly
    http://FiftyJewels.com

    • Hi Kimberly-I’m so glad I found the #MidLifeLuv. It’s just the kind of group I’ve been looking for. The memories and the photos are the things we hold dear to our hearts. Thanks for stopping by for a visit today. I’m looking forward to reading your blog, and the rest of the group’s stories.

  7. Sorry to hear about your Grandma’s passing but happy to hear the good memories you have. My Grandma passed away 32 years ago but she is still with me all the time in memory because she was so wonderful. Really good to read your blog – reminds me many of us value the same things in life.

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