June 23, 2008

Time: The Greatest Gift!

Have you ever had one of those moments where an emotion just totally sneaks up on you and washes over you like a tidal wave? That is exactly what happened to me on Friday night. My husband and my little girl were camping out with friends and my little guy was asleep for the night. I had the house to myself, so I thought I would just mess around on the computer. I had Picasa pulled up with Bring The Rain's playlist going in the background. It was playing David Crowder Band's "All that I can say." I came upon some pictures of my grandma with Gracie when she was a baby. That's when it hit me!

Here is a little bit of background. Grandma had been ill for quite a while with COPD. There was a time when we were not sure if she would even live to see Grace born. Grace was her 1st great-grandchild. When we brought Grace home from the hospital, we made sure to stop at grandma's house in Sunbury before we went home. Grandma was the first person to hold her outside of the hospital. Grandma passed away on February 12th, 2006. She lived to see Grace turn 1!



Friday night as I sat in front of my computer looking at pictures of Grandma holding Grace, the tears just ran and my heart ached. I miss her so much!!! She would have loved Gauge and loved Grace with all of her heart! I have nothing but great memories of my grandma as a child. Grandpa passed away when I was 2 and grandma threw herself into her grandchildren (all 8 of us equally). She was the grandma who would come to our kindergarten class dressed up as a witch for Halloween, take us on picnics at the park, have sleep overs, gives us all the change in her purse so we could walk down the street to the drive thru and get pop and candy bars. I miss the smell of her perfume, her long beautifully manicured fingernails, her wonderful sense of humor, her loving hugs and kisses, and how she called me "Baby Girl."

When I see my own mom with my kids, I see reflections of grandma. My mom takes Grace on treasure hunts, up town to throw pennies in the fountain, shopping at the mall, and has sleep overs with her. I can't even begin to express how much the little things meant to me as a child. I can't remember one present grandma ever bought me, but the greatest gift she gave to me was her time!!! I know that my children will cherish these moments with their grandmas and grandpas everyday of their lives just as I will cherish my memories forever!

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss grandma terribly. Her legacy will live on forever! I take comfort in knowing that I will see her again someday!


2 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm getting a lump in my throat reading this. I also still miss my grandmother intensly. She got to see Alec (my oldest-7) before she died (also her first great grandchild), she passed away when he was around 18 mos. With each new baby, I would miss her more and more. I'll catch myself thinking, oh grandmother would think Benji is funny, or oh she would like to see Ava in this dress.
    I, too, am looking forward to seeing her again someday!

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  2. I enjoyed reading all those wonderful things you wrote about grandma, and to see her pictures made the tears stream down my face. I loved reading all those memories and thinking back about all the wonderful times we had together. I smiled when you mentioned her perfume. I will always love that smell. My heart aches everyday because I miss her much. My heart smiles though when I think about how happy and healthy she is now. I look forward to being with her again someday. Love you.

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