Monday, April 07, 2014

Holding Onto Memories

Good morning, precious friends!
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my Grandma Betty's passing
from this earth into eternity with her Lord and Savior.
Oh friends, how I miss her!
The last month has been difficult
and I think it's because I kept replaying in my mind last year's events.
It seemed the closer this date came the more I thought about my Grandma
and it made for some emotional and draining days.
But it also made for some inspirational days...
I pulled out old photos of family members 
and that's when my heart was thrown into creating something with these old memories...
a memory holder.


A place to hold old photos, memories of the past.


To hold those special moments that make me smile, make me laugh, make me cry...



make me wish for just one more moment, one more word, one more hug 
with this classic woman that had such a loving impact on my heart and in my life.



So I'll hang this memory holder in my home 
where I can gaze upon the face of a precious Grandma,
a Grandma that the Lord graciously gave me to love and be loved by.


I love you, sweet Grandma Betty, and my heart misses you,
but someday I know I will be by your side in heaven.


Big hugs and many blessings to you, friends!

50 comments:

harleygirl said...

That's a really pretty way to remember your grandma. I miss mine, too. I wish my husband could have met her. I think you did a great job in preserving her memory. :)

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Stephanie I feel your sadness through your words, I never had a chance to meet my grandparents, my grandpa was the only one alive when I was born and died by the time I was 3, the only memory I have is the ambulance coming to get him. How precious that you have those wonderful memories of her.

Sarah Louise said...

I cannot believe it has been a year Stephanie. The memory holder is lovely. Big hugs to you. :) x

Sarah Louise said...

I cannot believe it has been a year Stephanie. The memory holder is lovely. Big hugs to you. :) x

Miss Val's Creations said...

Such a beautiful dedication to your grandmother. I adore the memory holder! What a sweet touch with the pearls framing that photo too. Gorgeous!

Debbie Harris said...

Good Morning!
That is a beautiful, heart felt dedication to grandma Betty. What a lovely way you have come up with to hold your memories Stephanie.
"Comfort ye, comfort ye my poeple, saith your God."
(Isaiah 40:1)
In Jesus we find comfort and confidence. In quietness and confidence, He'll be our peace.
May you find peace and comfort in your God who loves you so.
Much love, Mom

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely memory keeper you created. I'm sending you hugs during this difficult time.

Melanie said...

I understand, that anniversary date was difficult for me too. My mind replayed memories of that last month for me too. I remembered that last communication with my Daddy, he was so weak and went home 2 days later. He winked at me! He couldn't talk anymore, but he winked and gave me the look that only I understood. It is priceless!

you are so very blesssed to have had a Christian grandmother as I was to have a Christian Daddy. My heart aches for you and your loss. Love that you found a way to remember some sweet memories and will display that in your home! That is a good idea, I should do the same! Hugs to you my sweet friend!!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a sweet and lovely collage of memories that are precious!

Debby Ray said...

Stephanie, what a beautiful memory holder you have created for your Grandma Betty. It is no doubt that she was so precious to you and her memory will live on through you as you pass on your memories to your children...and so on. I never knew either one of my grandmothers and you are so fortunate to be able to cling to your memories. My mother was really old enough to be my grandmother...she was 42 when I was born! It will be a year at the end of this month that she passed at nearly 98. Because she was so much older, she was kind of like my mom AND my grandma all in one! May you be blessed beyond words today as you are remembering her!

Anne Payne said...

you KNOW this melts my heart. such a beautiful way to hold precious memories. i need to get back to working on my scrapbook of Amy. {{hugs}}

Jen Ham said...

She was such a beautiful woman! I love how you remember her! Just beautiful! xo Jen

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

Such a beautiful way to remember your Grandmother Stephanie. I love the pearls around her lovely photo.
Just perfect.

Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Stephanie, This is a lovely way to remember your grandmother and to keep her close. I'm thankful that we will be reunited with our loved ones in Heaven.

pinks said...

Stephanie, this was a beautiful way to remember a beautiful person inside and out. Praying for you at this hard time xxx

kitty said...

What a lovely post about your beloved Grandma Betty, dearest Stephanie. I so understand your feelings and love the darling folder you've made to cherish her pictures. Thankfully, we will be reunited one day with our loved ones. xo

Simply Linda said...

{{Stephanie}}Lifting you in prayer.

Ida said...

What a beautiful way to remember your Grandma. The memories we have of our loved ones are wonderful treasures.

Ceil said...

Hi Stephanie! What a bitter sweet day for you my friend. You know your Grandmother is in the better place, yet you miss her too. God bless you today, and give you wonderful memories to ponder as you look at your memory board.

Blessings,
Ceil

Hope said...

Very sweet, Stephanie, and your memory holder is such and absolutely perfect idea!

Your dear grandmother would have loved your creation, I'm sure.

:)Hope

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a lovely tribute to someone who was a great role model and inspiration to a precious granddaughter. I'm sure she was just as lovely inside as she was out. I really love your memory keeper, Stephanie. I know these anniversaries are difficult... I do believe your sweet Grandmother watches over you. A big hug xo Karen

Sylvia said...

One year, it doesn't seem that long,dear Stephanie. My heart feels your sadness. We know she's happier now and would want you to be happy also. Those we love are always in our heart. These are great ways to preserve your memories of her.

hugs,Sylvia

Jazzmin said...

My thoughts and my heart are with you, dear friend, on these emotional days. Anniversaries of the passing of our dear loved ones are so hard. But what a special and precious way you thought of to honor and remember your sweet Grandma. What a blessing to be able to look at this lovely and beautiful creation and be reminded of the wonderful times you shared with her. It sometimes seems hard to think of the memories and good things instead of the loss, but surely seeing her shining face surrounded by your beautiful craft will bring only happy ones.

I also wanted to say that when I first looked at your photos, I noticed the lovely dried roses in them. Those remind me of my Grandma so much because those are exactly what the roses I have from her funeral look like. They are on my shelf in my room and they are so special to me. They used to be a bright sherbet color, but are now 8 years old.

I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs to you!! ♥

Vicky Hunt said...

Hard to believe it's been a year. I am sorry to hear you've been feeling a little down Stephanie. It's so hard to lose loved ones and the hole their loss leaves in our hearts can't be filled. I pray your spirits lift soon. The memory keeper is just gorgeous and perfect to hold those precious photos of your grandma and other loved ones. Have a blessed evening....Vicky

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

Such a loving way to remember your Grandma Betty. We just marked the second anniversary of my Daddy's passing. It had been very hard on us. Yesterday I bought some poppies to plant in his memory--we called him Poppy instead of Grandpa.

Wanda said...

I'm very teared up as I read your post, and feel the love for your Grandma Betty. It's so very interesting that my post for tomorrow (already to post) is about my dearest's mother who passed in 1990. What a dear lady and MIL she was, and we all miss her. But especially her "grandchildren"....Grandma Frankie, and your Grandma Betty will be treasures in our hearts forever..and heaven is our guarantee !! Sending love and hugs and smiles and "tears".

Libby said...

I couldn't remember the exact date Stephanie, but know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers these last days. My dad's homegoing anniversary was on April 3rd. Time really is passing quickly, but even still sometimes it still hard to believe that he is no longer here on this earth. I know the same must be true from Grandma Betty. But knowing that our loved ones have peace with God makes it all the better. Be encouraged, Sister Friend. I do love your Memory holder. Classic. :-)

xoxo,
Libby

Teri said...

Hi Stephanie ... such a sweet way to remember your precious Grandma! My thoughts and prayers are with you my dear friend! Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Beautiful sentiment and tribute to your beloved grandmother. Gorgeous post.

Blessings,

Janet
rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

Gail Dixon said...

It is a comfort to know that she is with the Lord and no longer part of our world's suffering. That's the only thing that keeps me sane about my mother's passing (also named Betty). Take care and God bless.

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Stephanie, I always feel as we have these mile markers in are lives, if we will do something to remember it, we start to heal from the loss.
Maybe your Grandma and my Mother will have a time to talk of their loving daughter and granddaughter!
We have treasures in these earthen vessels! I look forward to meeting her in glory.
Thinking of you! Love, Roxy

JES said...

What a lovely way to remember your grandmother. You have given me a wonderful idea... Thank you for sharing... My heart is remembering my grandmother right now and Oh did I love her!

White Lace and Promises said...

Treasure those memories and embrace them every time they pass through your mind. I miss my mama and daddy so much and it's been over three years. I know that one day we will be together again but that does not take away the pain for now. My daddy used to quote from God's word, "We do not grieve as one without hope. Without hope, we are of all men, most miserable." Thankful for the hope we have in Jesus.

Melinda said...

((((Hugs)))) I think you know my grandpa passed away last June. I miss him a lot as well. Family gatherings, when we're all together, or when I'm serving up some dessert, is when I miss him most. He loooveed coming to our house when us kids were all home. And he loved my cooking, especially my desserts. I miss seeing his mischievous sparkle in his eye as he snitched another piece of dessert. :-)

Hugs and much love, dear friend! Like you, I'm grateful for the precious memories of those dear ones who have gone before us. <3

Maryann said...

I love what you made to put your grandmother's photos in (I may have to do something like that for some of my more precious photos) Such a precious way to remember her, praying for you today

Laura Lane said...

We never have long enough. I miss my momma and mother-in-love, too.
Blessings to you, Stephanie. May God bring warmth and comfort to you.

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Delvalina said...

This is such a beautiful memory sister :)
I've been thinking of you too! and I love that holder :)
Anyway, we both will be with our grandmas praise our Savior someday.

Praying for you.

Carol Z said...

This is really lovely, Stephanie. I'd like to try this with pictures of my parents. Sending you hugs and sweet thoughts.

retrorevival.biz said...

Oh, Stephanie! My heart hurts for you. Happy though, to see you've found a lovely way to display such pretty things in her honor:)

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother, and what a blessing to have had such a godly woman in your life. My grandmother died 30 years ago, and I think of her everyday. Praying that you will be comforted by your memories and the Lord's promises. Blessings, Deborah

SarahGeorge said...

Your posts touch my heart some way for sure. This is no exception. My hugs for you sweet Stephanie especially at this time. I think this beautiful memory holder will be a very good reminder of your wonderful grandmother. Oh, how you miss her!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Stephanie, what a beautiful post about your precious grandmother! I too had a wonderful, godly grandmother with whom I spent many Sundays after church. And I remember after we would eat lunch, we would dry the dishes and sing in harmony some of the most beautiful hymns, one in particular, I Come To The Garden Alone. We would sing in harmony. Oh, the precious memories...and yet, I still miss her too but love the assurance of knowing that I will see her again. Sweet reminder of the impact we can have in others' hearts and lives...long after we have gone to be with the Lord. May we all strive to be gracious and Christ-like. Thank you...hugs, sweet friend!

CherylQuilts said...

And, Stephanie...praying that God will comfort you after just one short year of missing her, giving you precious, loving memories and photos of her.

Robyn said...

That is such a lovely way to honour your grandmother, Stephanie.
I find myself wishing that the young ones in our family could have had those special moments with our grandmothers and grandfather who have passed. It's hard to let go sometimes.
But we always have them strong in our hearts.
Take care. xo

Denise said...

Such a touching tribute, bless you dear.

Maria said...

What a precious way to remember your sweet Grandmother! Such an inspiration, thank you! We hold our dear loved ones who have passed in our hearts forever! Blessings and big hugs to you!:-)

Kate M said...

What a beautiful way to remember your Grandmother! This is fabulous.
xx

Mindy Whipple said...

I missed this post earlier Stephanie. Your Grandma sounds like she was such a gift to you. Just last night (and my grandma Peggy passed away many years ago)a song came on that my Grandma used to sing in the car when I would drive with her and my Grandpa when I was little and it brought tears to my eyes. I still miss her but, like you, am grateful for the time we had together and look forward to meeting again one day in Heaven. Prayers for you friend!

Debbie Borthwick said...

Your grandmother has always sounded like a very special woman and you were so blessed to have her in your life. Your memories of her are precious and your memory holder is such a sweet way to display her photos. My grandparents have been gone for over 15 years, but I still think of them every day, too. They were, and will always be, an important part of our lives.
Debbie :)

JES said...

This is one of my top ten favorite posts of yours! Thank you for sharing at the Art of Home-Making Mondays. Please join us again next week :)

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