Sunday, April 07, 2013

Loving You Forever

Dear friends, 
your words of encouragement touched my heart and soul
leaving me amazed at the kindness and love you have shown during the last five days.
Tears flooded my eyes as I read each word of love from you sweet ladies.
Each one of you have become very special to me - thank you for everything!

My darling, precious Grandmother passed away Saturday evening.
She is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior, free from pain.
My heart aches with great sadness and loss,
but I rejoice at the blessing of knowing I will one day be with her in glory
because of salvation through Jesus Christ.
This is not goodbye, just a parting
for one day I will get to say hello again to her.


The Bible says there is a time to weep and mourn,
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance."
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

Yes, I am grieving and I feel somewhat lost without Grandma,
but Lamentations 3:22,23 gives me great comfort:
"It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."

This woman was so very dear and special to me.
I cannot put into words the love, adoration and respect I have for her.
When we were together, I felt so connected to her, like we were one - our hearts beating in rhythm.

Grandma was always doing for other people. 
I don't think it ever crossed her mind to do things for herself 
because she was always busy helping another person.
(Grandma playing with my son.)

She laughed - oh how she had the cutest giggle.
(These are both sets of my grandparents plus my great Grandma. 
This picture was at my wedding and Grandma Betty said something silly causing everyone to laugh)

She loved Jesus and walked with Him!

She sang silly songs like 'Old McDonald Had A Farm' when we played table games
and I would sing right along with her.

She was still riding roller coasters at 80 years old and loving it!

She had quite the sweet tooth - 
dessert after lunch, chocolate in the afternoon, dessert after supper, tarts before bed.

She made yummy desserts and her fridge was always full of tarts, cookies, cake and pie.

We always played table games until after midnight, laughing and chatting the whole time.

She loved to mix her salad dressings.

I loved watching her eat - she would pop something into her mouth, move it around, 
open her eyes wide and say, "Mmm, that's good!" She enjoyed life's simple pleasures.

She talked - her sweet chatter filled her home

She always came out in the morning in her robe and curlers in her hair - so cute!

When I was a young girl, I got to go to her house after school 
and watch the old Gummi Bears cartoon while enjoying a mug full of raisins.

She always gave me ice cream cones.

She had a passion for making crafts.

She always hummed when she worked - it was a beautiful sound.

She loved Cardinals and enjoyed watching birds.

She loved hot tea and she usually had at least 6 cups a day.

She never had a drivers license - she was content to let Grandpa drive her around.

Her and Grandpa were always together 
and she lovingly called Grandpa "Willie Boy."
(Grandma and Grandpa on their wedding day. Grandma made her wedding dress.)

She was a beautiful, virtuous woman.
I love you, Grandma, and I will miss you!

I know I did not need to write all of this about my Grandma since she is a stranger to you,
but it does my heart good to get my thoughts out.

Thank you for your prayers, they have been much appreciated!
My dad read what you ladies wrote and got choked up over your thoughtfulness.
He and my mom thank you for showing such sweet concern and love.

May the Lord richly bless each one of you!
Much love to you all and as a dear blogging friend would say,
"Remember to give your loved ones a hug."

These two songs blessed my heart this morning in church and made me think of Grandma.

Footsteps of Jesus - 4th stanza
Written by Mary B. C. Slade
Then at last, when on high He sees us, Our journey done,
We will rest where the steps of Jesus end at His throne.

My Jesus, I Love Thee - 4th stanza
Written by William R. Featherston
In mansions of glory and endless delight, I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow, "If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now."

56 comments:

Vicky Hunt said...

Oh dear Stephanie.....my heart aches for your loss. I will continue to pray for you and your family. I must tell you I enjoyed reading each and every word about your sweet grandma. She reminds me so much of my dear granny who passed almost 26 years ago. We loved playing board games and she too would sing silly songs to us....sometimes playing her guitar. She was an excellent cook and made the best blackberry dumplings! Thanks for writing all you did for it brought back some precious memories for me. The road I live on (also part of my blog name)is named after her....Willie Mae. I still miss her every day, but know that I will see her again one day.

Bless you my sweet friend....Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry Stephanie, my heart goes out to you and your family. I didn't know your Grandmother but you told me so much about her in this post...if I would have known her, I would have loved her too. I did a post this afternoon, I hope it helps...hugs Jennifer

Mary said...

May God comfort you in your sadness. You are blessed with wonderful memories until you see her again.

Sherri B. said...

Dear Stephanie, my heart is heavy right now for you and your family. I know that your precious grandmother is in Heaven and you have a family of believers, but the loss still stings. Our loving Lord will heal your broken hearts, in time..and give you a peace to continue on your days.

You all will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Much love and gentle hugs.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

My symphathy to you and your family today.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Oh Stephanie, I'm so sorry. I know she was loved dearly. Today in church, a passage of scripture was read, that was used at my father's funeral 12 years ago. 2 Timothy 4:6-10. It seems fitting for you to remember your grandmother with this passage. ~ Big Hugs, Abby

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Sara Blevins said...

Dearest Friend, am sorry to hear the loss of your grandma! I know you talked about her several times before. I agree with you, she left such a great memories and you will see her in heaven again. She drinks tea 6 times, I am in love with your grandma! What a sweet heart she is helping others. I bet you heaven was rejoicing having her. Please be strong my friend. Lot's of hugs to you and your family.

Christina said...

Dear Stephanie,
I was so saddened by the news of your Grandmother's passing. Your words have painted such a delightful portrait of her wonderful spirit which I'm sure lives on through you.
Thoughts, prayers and peace to you and yours until you meet again.
Christina

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

'Sending you a hug. ((Stephanie)) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Jennifer Where the Green Grass Grows said...

I teared up reading this post!! Such wonderful memories you wrote of. Such memories to treasure. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless you during this time!! It's good to know though like you said "It isn't goodbye" you will see her again!! God bless!!
Love and Prayers
Jennifer

Ashley~ said...

My heart is with you and your family now. Separation is only for a time and then we will spend eternity together. I look forward to meeting your Grandma one day in that Heavenly City~
Love & Prayers

Mrs. A. said...

This was such a beautiful writing about your grandmother. It made me smile. I'm really sorry you're going to miss her but you have such sweet memories to comfort you and also that you know you'll get to see her again someday. ((Hugs))

J said...

Stephanie, I am so sorry. Your dear sweet grandma has gone to a place with no sorrow or tears...an eternity of peace and comfort. With her she brings every beautiful memory of the love you gave her. And as you said, someday you will meet again. She will always be your grandmother! ALWAYS!

Debbie said...

Oh Stephanie, tears fall for you as I read this. I am so, so very sorry. Our time passes so quickly on this earth and we need to treasure each and every moment. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this difficult time but remember that Grandma is watching from above and I am sure she would never wish for you to be so sad. She would want you to recall all the fun times you had together and to always remember to give your loved ones a hug.....today is all we are promised. Many, many hugs my friend.

Jazzmin said...

Stephanie,
I know words cannot ease the pain you are feeling at the loss of your dear Grandma, but I am so truly sorry to hear that she has passed. Your post is so beautiful and a wonderful tribute to her... from your descriptions and photos, she was so beautiful and sounds like she was lovely, godly, beautiful-hearted, genuinely sweet, fun, and special lady.

I have tears in my eyes and am finding myself getting choked up reading your words... because this brings me back to losing my Grandma and because my heart aches for you and the sadness you are feeling.

With deep respect for your Grandma and her beautiful life, my heart and prayers are with you and your family and I know God will see you through this sorrow.

Hugs of comfort to you!
~Jazzmin

Natalie said...

Psalm 16:11 "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

Stephanie,
It's a blessing to know that your grandmother is enjoying pleasures forevermore with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
May the God of all comfort wrap His loving arms around you, especially the next few days and weeks. God is faithful.

Maria said...

Stephanie,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandmother. May God, friends, and family comfort you at this difficult time. Sounds like you have a very sweet loving family filled with precious memories! Thank you for sharing those memories of your Grandmother with us. What a wonderful tribute to her. Take good care...hugssss!
God Bless you and family!

Elizabethd said...

My sympathies are so much with you, I recall how broken I was when my dear Grandma passed away when I was only 21.
Your pain will fade, and your memories will become so precious.
Praying for you now.

Everyday Things said...

Deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your grandma . . . I liked what you wrote about her, and its those things that will keep your memory of her alive. I have a funeral to go to this friday, so will say a prayer for your grandma there too!

Jessica White said...

Oh, Stephanie! I'm so sorry for your grief and loss but I celebrate with you your grandmother's return to Jesus. I am a little behind in blog reading and missed what you have been going through. You and your family are certainly in my prayers now, my dear friend.

Thank you for sharing such beautiful stories about your grandmother. It will help you to remember and find peace. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman and a beautiful example of holiness for you. I understand what you are going through and pray you will be comforted by the King of Kings, who makes all things work together for His good.

Love,
Jessica

Sylvia said...

What a great memorial to your Grandma, I could hardly read it through the tears. You are such an encougaring christian lady, God has truly used your words to help me see the importance of showing love even when we feel unloved to all those that comes our way.
May God bless and keep you close during your time of sorrow. Know that we are praying still,

Hugs, Sylvia

silverfeather said...

Dear Stephanie~ How our Lord blessed you with this special grandmother! I know you will treasure all the memories of her. I love the hymn you shared, My Jesus I Love Thee. That is a comfort song to me as well. Will continue to keep you and your family in prayer.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Stephanie,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved grandmother. My heart aches for you. But what glorious knowledge to know that you will see her once again someday! I loved reading about her life and the fond memories you will always have of her. She was special indeed. Love the words to those hymns.

When I lost my grandmother, I was a little girl, and I felt like my whole world would change and indeed it did. I felt like an orphan until I came to know Jesus.

The Lord bless you my friend and be assured of my prayers.

Blessings & hugs,
Sandi

Sandra said...

Stephanie, I'm so sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. Having lost both of my grandmothers, I know what a hole it leaves in your heart and life. What a blessing to know though that she is in heaven, spending time with her Lord.

I will continue to pray for you all as you both mourn and celebrate her life. I hope the support and love you feel from all your blogger friends is a help to you during this time. Take care, my friend.

MLynn said...

I was so sorry to hear the news and will continue praying for your family. I also wanted to let you know that our church had a special time of prayer for your family yesterday and I'm sure you could feel the power of His love wrapping around you! I am so sorry for your loss but rejoicing that Ms Betty is in Heaven!!!
Hugs and love to you!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Ah Stephanie. What a wonderful tribute to a Godly woman of faith. What a hope and assurance we have. We are praying for you and your family, but we can still celebrate the going home of a child of God.
God bless you dear sister.
Ruth

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

I'm so sorry, Stephanie. I lost my grandmother, whom I absolutely adored, a little over a year ago. The pain never goes away, but I know she's always with me and that helps. Wishing you peace at this difficult time. XOXO

kitty said...

Oh my dear Stephanie, I am truly sorry at your great loss. You have such wonderful and endearing memories of your loving Grandma. I feel like I know her and I so appreciate you sharing those special and important memories of her with all of us. Now you will have your very own angel watching and guiding you on this journey until you meet her in eternity. (( Big Hugs)) and kisses sent to you and your family. XO

Mrs. Smith said...

I am so sorry, dear Stephanie. I know your heart is hurting so much right now. I have discovered that it is in the deeper valleys that I gain a stronger insight to the intensity of the Lord's comfort and love.

Your post is beautiful and I am so glad that you told us more about her. She seems so special, and as I read your thoughts about her I am inspired. I want to be that kind of grandmother one day. Your post also brought sweet memories of my grandmother to mind, who died the day before my third child was born. My daughter's new little life was a powerful display of God's mercy toward us.

With love and prayers, sweet blog friend. You are much in my thoughts.

Pamelyn said...

I'm very sorry for your loss, Stephanie. Please know that even in your grief your post has been an encouragement to me. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on an obviously "enchanting" woman! My prayers are with you and your family.
`Pamelyn

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...


I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear grandmother. You were so lucky to have her. I was raised without grandparents as they all died before I was born and I always feel that i missed out on something that was very wonderful in life...

My thoughts and my prayers are with you and your family...

Many Hugs,
Deb

Anne Payne said...

Ah Stephanie, My heart cries for you and your family. There are no words that I can say to make it better. You already know where she is and that you'll be reunited one day. Let me just give you a big old cyber {{{hug}}}, ok? I pray you continue to tangibly feel the arms of our Heavenly Father encompassing you.

Jackie said...

My sympathies and best well-wishing to you and your loved ones. Your blog is very special and appreciated.

Linda said...

Dearest Stephanie,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Grandma has left you a priceless legacy, one you can hand down to your children and grandchildren. She sounds like the very best of grandmothers.
Praying the Father will wrap you in His great arms of love and comfort you as only He can.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I'm sorry you lost your grandmother. She looks and sounds like a special lady. I'm glad you shared so many memories, because it gives such a great sense of what a lovely lady she was and how special to you.

Mrs R said...

Stephanie, your grandmother sounds like such a dear woman. I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. {{HUGS}}

Delvalina said...

you and I are gonna see her soon!!! It's hard though but I 'm the person who really cant wait to Jesus coming back and brings us home.

My heart here for you, and I giving you hug through my prayer. Hope to talk with you soon.

P.S your grand such a beautiful woman like you all things that you wrote here it's also describes yourself :) glad she is with our King.

Love and hug.

Eva

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Bless you, dear one. I am so sorry for your loss. Your grandma sounds like a beautiful person that loved well and in turn was well loved. That passage from Lamentations is so comforting. I even have those verses on a coffee mug. I will continue to pray for your family. Hugs!

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Stephanie. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. This post is a lovely tribute to your Grandmother and her character. The angels are rejoicing in heaven, and you'll be reunited one day.

XOXO,
Meredith

Katia said...

Carissima, non trovo parole giuste per commentare questo post, ti lascio solo un abbraccio forte ricordandoti che la tua nonna, non รจ mai stata vicino a te come in questo momento.

Karen Frost said...

Dear Stephanie,
My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your sweet Grandmother. I know there are no words to soothe your aching heart. So I will just say, God bless.

My thoughts are with you and your family and your Dear Grandfather.

Big Hug xoxo

Karen

JES said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet grandmother…

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." ~ Psalms 116:5

Heather said...

Stephanie!!!! I am so sorry, but thankful she knew the Lord and is now having the best time ever and you will see her again and very soon as time goes so very fast. You were blessed to have such a special grandma and she was so very blessed to have you!!!! I loved hearing about her and I sure will be praying for you during this sad time!!!!
Heather

janice15 said...

~Blessings to you my dear...I wished I had my grandmas they both passed when I was very young..You have such wonderful memories and thats great...many prayers for calmness in your heart..May she rest in Peace. with love Janice

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

So sorry for your loss, but what a beautiful tribute you've paid her. What a blessing that you had her for so long and all the inspiration she has given you. Isn't that the best present a person can give another. I hope time will ease your pain.

Judy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I will keep you and your Family in my prayers.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear this Stephanie, my heart goes out to you and I am so glad you shared about your wonderful Grandmother she sounded like a special lady, I know how hard it is at this time having loss both my parents but words can never really ease the loss. I know I was so sad that my parents had to leave when they did but like you said in your other post that God's timing is always right, I am so thankful you have God our Father to lean on at a time like this and to know your Grandma is sheltered in his loving arms.... hugs to you

Kate M said...

Oh Stephanie - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can feel the love you have for your Grandma with all that you have written here and my heart goes out to you. My Grandma died at the ripe old age of 99 and the loss was still great and I still think of her with love as you do.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Much love
Kate
xx

Debbie Borthwick said...

Oh Stephanie, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. You are blessed to have had her in your life and learned so much from her. It is a blessing knowing she is with Our Father, and you are not separated forever, but will join her in Heaven one day (hopefully a long time away, though!).
Still catching up on emails, sorry I'm late seeing this. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you, Stephanie. ((xo))

Niki O'Reilly said...

Stephanie - what a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. And what a pretty girl she was. I am so sorry I did not have a chance to know her. And sad for your family's grief. Hugs to you all

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

Oh Stephanie, I'm so sorry for your loss. May you feel the love and comfort of our Lord during this difficult time.

Libby said...

Oh Stephanie, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Grandmother. Even though I have never met her, I can see how special of a woman she was. Our God knows all things and will give you the grace to keep you throughout this difficult time. I missed reading this post because I was going through something very similar: http://artisticexpressionsbyelisabeth.blogspot.com/2013/04/celebration-of-life.html.

((Hugs))

Debbie Harris said...

My dear Stephanie, this is a most beautiful tribute to your grandmother. She was such a beautiful godly woman of faith, and blessed my heart as her daughter in law. We were blessed indeed to have her in our lives.
Though we miss her terribly we rejoice knowing she is with her Jesus.
Thank you, for sharing all these wonderful posts on behalf and in honor of our dear Betty.
We will be home soon!I have missed you! :-)
Love you, Mom

Denise said...

Beautiful tribute to your Dear Grandma.She is so filled right now with joy unspeakable and full of glory.The lord will heal your grief and comfort you.Denise

Jedidja said...

I am so sorry fory you. But when I read about her, I love her throuhg your tribute. I think she was a special woman.

Julie Marie said...

Dearest Stephanie... I was so saddened to hear about your sweet grandmother passing away... and I am hurting with you... grandmas are so very special... no one else like them in the world... your grandma is a beautiful loving lady... I say "is" because she still is your same sweet grandma... just in Heaven now, but always close by you in your heart... you will never forget the things she taught you... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

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