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Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Grandma

My beautiful, sweet Grandma went to be with my Grandpa and to meet Jesus yesterday. I feel very lucky to have known my Grandma for 28 years. We were very close and she is definitely a woman who inspires me.

(My Grandma pictured with her daughters: my Mom and Aunt)

You may remember me mentioning that my grandma was an artist. I certainly got the majority of my art appreciation from her. What I find marvelous about this woman was her ability to look at absolutely anything and find the beauty in it. Often when I was younger, the fabric of my dresses would catch Grandma's eye, and she would point it out to me saying, "look here how these beautiful colors swirl together." No matter how many times she saw the same dress, she would act like it was the prettiest thing she had ever seen.

(Me and Grandma)

She had such an appreciation for flowers and would stop to look at the bright colors, or to smell them. She would even stoop to pick them despite our warnings that we did not want her to fall. She just wanted a small trinket from the earth that, in my opinion, would never come close to matching her beauty.

(Grandma appreciating the outdoors)

She loved to hum and sing. I feel very lucky to have one my earliest memories be of me and Grandma sitting on the porch swing at her house rocking. She would sing and hum to me and say to me "penny for your thoughts." As she became older, she would hum all the time. She was content to sit and hum for hours. Sometimes when I watched her hum, I thought it was almost like she was remembering lots of wonderful memories of younger years...

(Grandma helping us sew- she was a wonderful seamstress.)

Grandma was proud. She had 3 children (1 son and 2 daughters), I feel like there may have been no greater joy for her than to watch her children have their own children and in turn, watch the grandchildren grow. There were countless ballet recitals that she attended, she used to drive me to ballet practice a lot. She always listened to classical music and even made a beautiful etching of my ballet shoes.

(My Mom and Grandma)

Grandma loved animals. Animals LOVED Grandma! My dog Tulah, rivaled all the other dogs in the family for the prime spot to sit: on Grandma's warm lap. Grandma always had room for every animal big, or small and always had time to pet or cuddle an animal. When Tulah was a puppy, Grandma would say over and over again, "I could just put this little doggie in my pocket."

(My brother with Tulah, Grandma with Sofie, and me)

(Grandma and the Easter Bunny -yup, that's me dressed up)

She was a true woman, no matter the occasion. She always looked beautiful and was rarely caught without lipstick. Her nails were painted a bright pink, and she would sit with a slight smile on her face and her legs crossed at the ankles.


(My Grandma, Mom and me on my Wedding Day)

One thing is for sure, Grandma will be dearly missed. It has only been a day, but it already feels like it's been too long. I am happy for my Grandma to know that she is in Heaven with my Grandpa. I am grateful for our close relationship and all of that wonderful memories I have of her. These words certainly do not do her justice, but it makes me feel better. Thanks for reading and for your prayers.

(Grandma blowing a kiss)

I love you, Grandma.



17 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post. She gave you so many treasures!

    Love the Easter Bunny pic!

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  2. thank you for sharing your memories, grandmas are so special, it's clear that you will miss her.

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  3. I too have a close relationship with my Grandmother and value the life lessons she has taught through words and actions. I am truely sorry for your loss.

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  4. I am very sorry for your loss. You are very lucky to have so many wonderful memories of your grandmother.

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  5. I'm so sorry for your loss... she truly was a beautiful woman, inside and out. You were lucky to be blessed with such a gem, I envy you a little. Goodbye, Courtneys Grandma.

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  6. your grandma sounds like a beautiful soul. she reminds me so much of my grandma nancy who passed away a few years back. she may not be here in body but i feel her around me often, I swear there are times when I can smell her sweet perfume. beautiful souls such as these never really leave us and never stop loving us :) blessings

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  7. What a beautiful tribute and celebration of Grandma's life! She sounds like a truly special person who touched many lives - she touched mine and she never even knew me! : ) I especially enjoyed the last pic of her blowing a kiss. continued blessings

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  8. think about your grandma everyday and she will never leave your heart.

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  9. I am so sorry for your family's loss! You have written a beautiful tribute to her!

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  10. I am sorry for your families lost. Your grandmother was blessed to have a loving granddaughter.

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  11. Your family certainly has its share of beautiful women, Courtney. I'm so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. My goodness, she looked so sweet. I know she must have been so proud of you. Thank you for sharing a bit about her.

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  12. I'm sorry for your loss! She sounds like a wonderful woman!

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  13. Just wanted you to know..you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! (((hugs))

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  14. Courtney, I must admit the tears are a flowing. Having met your grandma several times in the past, I know how special she was to you and your family. What makes me most sad about this post is the fact I am raising my own daughter thousands of miles away from her grandma(s). It's memories (like you've explained above) that I have always wanted to have for my own children and now I'm not making that a reality. Be strong ~ I'm praying for you and your family. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful tribute.

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  15. What a lovely post and my thoughts are with you and your family. I lost my brother 9 weeks ago and blogging and the support from bloggers has been so touching. I wish the same for you.

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  16. I am so sorry for your loss. I, too, was very close to my grandmother and your post brought back so many memories of my her. We also spent many, many hours on her front porch, in the swing, listening to her sing...and waking up in the morning to her playing the piano. What wonderful memories. Even though my grandmother has been gone for over twenty years, there is hardly a day that goes by where my mother and I don't think of her.

    Grandmothers are so special!

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  17. I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. I read your post with a smile on my face & tears in my eyes. My Grandma just had her 92nd birthday and I know our days are getting shorter and shorter. Your post made me realize I need to spend more quality time with her.

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