Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bittersweet Holiday

It was a quiet Saturday... I had plans to eat breakfast with my gramp and do some shopping with the girls, but everyone was pretty much snowed-in, so we just hung out at home.

February 13th is a date that will always weigh heavy on my heart... 2 years ago, I said good-bye to my granny the day before Valentine's Day. She was 67 years old. The day she left, I was heart-broken and my world was shattered. Granny and Gramp had 6 kids and plenty of grandkids and great-grandkids... We are all so close, I honestly did not know how we could go on without her.

Growing up, my grand-parents were this stable rock that I anchored myself to. Our home life wasn’t always so perfect, but we constantly had Granny and Gramp right there when we needed them. Their house is one of my “happy places”… where when I walk in the door, it just feels like home.

Granny’s life was transformed by Christ. She was the person who I considered my spiritual leader. She was able to explain Scripture in a way that was so easy to understand and it was never just “ritual” or “religion” to her.

Jesus was the love of her life, her best friend and confidant. The light she radiated from her faith made me want to be closer to Him.

She wasn’t always so faithful… she had problems with depression and other things when she was younger, but by the grace of God, she grew into the most joyful, beautiful person I have ever met. That is what inspired me; knowing that God can come in and change a person’s heart and free us from our destructive thoughts and actions.

That His love is bigger, stronger than anything we are going through.

I still miss her so, so much.

But I know that she isn’t missing this world. She wouldn’t change a thing. I am no theologian or anything… I don’t know exactly what heaven will be like, but the thought of Granny holding baby Evie until I make it Home makes me smile.

(Granny and me)

Thankfully, because Granny was an artist her entire adult life, we get to see her around us every day in her paintings. We used a lot of her paintings in Evie's slide show... I am so, so proud of her work.

Her last paintings were of the 6 days of Creation...

This is one of my favorites: the 4th day

This one is the 3rd Day

You can see some of her other paintings here:

These are a few of my favorite pics of her:

Granny(front) as a little girl with her mom and sister:

Granny as a teen:

My mom, me, and Granny the Christmas we announced our engagement:

I love this pic because it is of a regular Sunday after lunch... my family had worked on this huge puzzle all afternoon, and they finally finished and were missing one single piece. Granny let 'em search high and low... then she finally pulled the missing piece out of her pocket... she laughed and laughed. =)

Granny and Gramp with our twins (their great-grandsons):

I miss Granny's laughter and our conversations... but I take comfort in the fact that she is with her Savior.

I hope everyone takes advantage of the time they have with their grandparents... Tell them you love them and appreciate everything they do!! =)

Philippians 1: 20-21 20... according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.