|Grandma and her faithful companion, Bear.|
|Family Vacation 1998|
|Family Game Night|
|We love when Grandma gets tickled.|
There is never any doubt how Grandma feels about her family. We all know that her dog, Bear, is her favorite in the family, however her love for the rest of us just pours out of every part of her. Her words tell us she loves us, her actions show that she loves us, and her prayers surround us. She brightens our good times and brings comfort and support during our trials. When she is gone, there will be a hole bigger than Texas in all of our lives.
Circumstances do NOT define who we are.
Though, there was a lot of joy in Grandma's life, there was a lot of pain as well. But no matter how bad the situations in her life would get, her circumstances did not define her. Her love for God showed through every situation that came her way. Through the good, through the bad, in every day life, The love of Jesus shines through Grandma.
Life is Funny
|Grandma and Laura|
|Aunt Rona, Grandma and Rick|
I can't tell you how many times, I walked out of my room to find Grandma pouring over her Bible. Even when it was no longer easy for her to read because her eyesight was getting worse, she would have her Bible out. Studying the words of Scripture with a passion all her own. When it was told to her that she would probably not survive this current health crisis, her response was simply, "If Jesus lets me stay, that's fine and if He takes me home, that's fine too." But it was followed closely by words for all of us, "I want to see you all there too!" And it wasn't a haphazard remark...it was a reminder to us that she wanted us to follow Jesus and live in such a way that we would indeed see her in heaven.
We've learned a lot from Grandma...and even now, we are learning how to leave gracefully. I can not fathom what life will look like without her, but I am so blessed to have had her in my life for all these years.
|Grandma, Dad, and Aunt Rona|