Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Great-Grandmas Are A Treasure

Grandmas play a special part
in all the treasured memories
we hold within our hearts.


My darling Great-Grandmother went home to be with the Lord yesterday.
Grandma Maxie was a beautiful Irish lass 
and passed away a month before her 98th birthday.
Just thinking about sweet Great-Grandma puts a smile on my face
and laughter in my heart - she was simply precious.


She always made me feel special
and she wasn't afraid to play silly games.
She would often take me for pony rides - pictured above is Great-Grandma
teaching me how to "drive" the pony cart.

And anytime I asked her to go swimming she would smile, 
put on her swimming suit, and jump into the pool with me.
I have to giggle because when she would go swimming 
she would try to dive down to the bottom of the pool, 
but for some reason she couldn't stay down and would float to the top :)

Since Great-Grandma had chickens
she always made me a fried egg for breakfast when I stayed at her home.
I don't know why, but they were always the best fried eggs!
I guess because they were made with extra love.


Great-Grandma enjoyed sewing
and made several quilts for family members.
The last quilt she made (pictured above) was for my husband and me - 
she gave it to us on our wedding day.
She hand-sewed most of it and was 90 years old at the time she made it.
I am glad to have this little piece of her;
the bright colors of the quilt remind me of her bright and sunny disposition.


I cannot say how thankful I am to have the privilege of knowing and loving
five amazing and wonderful grandparents.
My life has been so blessed with these precious people
and I am grateful to the Lord for the gift of having them in my life.
As I look at the picture above it saddens my heart to see two women
I greatly love and admire no longer on this earth.
Grandma Betty (in the pink)
and Great-Grandma Maxie (in the blue/turquoise)
are now with their Lord and Savior.
This picture was taken 7 1/2 year ago on my wedding day - what sweet memories!

I read a quote that said,
One day you'll be a memory for some people.
Do your best to be a good one.
- Unknown -

My sweet Grandma Betty and Great-Grandma Maxie have done just that 
and because of these dear women, I now have priceless memories.


There are some who bring a light so great to the world 
that even after they have gone, the light remains.
- Unknown -

62 comments:

Vee said...

A sweet heritage, Stephanie. Your great-grandmother sounds like a remarkable woman and you have such lovely memories of her. That quilt is amazing! May you be comforted every time you think of her...she is safely home.

Shoregirl said...

How blessed you are to have not only known your Great Grandma, but also to have so many wonderful memories to cherish!
So sorry for your loss sweet friend!

magnoliasntea said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Stephanie. I trust the Lord will comfort you and your family. What a lovely lady your great-grandmother was. I'm so glad you have the wonderful memories and that beautiful blanket to remind you of her. Will keep you in my prayers, Dear.

Elizabeth said...

How lovely to have had so many grandmothers and great grandmothers in your life. What a heritage!

silverfeather said...

How blessed you are dear Stephanie, to have these wonderful Godly women to greatly touch your life and be an influence on who you are today! You are in my prayers~

harleygirl said...

I'm sorry for your loss. They both sounded like such great women. I'm glad you have these wonderful memories. This was such a nice post. :)

Ceil said...

Hi Stephanie! I will pray for your peace and your family too. No matter how old or sick our relatives become, it's still a shock when they die.

I know this wonderful woman will be in heaven, she probably is right now! May her prayers and love for you carry you through the next few weeks and months.
Blessings,
Ceil

Debby Ray said...

Oh Stephanie...I'm so sorry to hear about your having to say goodbye to your Great-Grandma Maxie. What precious photos that depict precious memories of your times together. She was the same age as my mom when she passed...how blessed you were to have her in your life for so many years! The poem at the end just says it all. God Bless you, sweet friend.

Mehrll said...

What precious memories you have. I know you will miss her but her memory will bless you over and over. I barely remember my Great-grandmother, but my children remember their Great-grandfather who lived to within 2 months of his 102th birthday. Have a blessed day knowing she is happy where she is and waiting for the rest of the family. Hugs.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: Your grandmother was a remarkable woman and you have beautiful memories of her. That quilt is awesome. Beautiful memories. Great tribute. Nice family photos. Keep in touch

Debbie Harris said...

Such a beautiful tribute of grandma, Stephanie.
You made me cry... Its a good thing I just bought"water proof" masquera.
Grandma was an amazing lady, full of life, laughter and vitality. Her presence will be missed, that is for sure.
Memories are wonderful, may they never fade from our minds and hearts.
The photo of all the grandparents is truly priceless! I believe its the best we own of them all. :-)
Thank you for honoring grandma Maxie, this was just lovely.
The Lord bless you and keep you ever so close to His precious side.
Much love, mom

Sola Scriptura said...

I wish I could give you a great big hug. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, but thankful you have such precious memories. Love to you!

RoseMary Baty-Willcox said...

Oh, Stephanie
to be blessed with memories like those.
I was 12 when my grandma passed, so i don't remember her at all, I have pictures but no memories. All my parents have passed.
I live so far from any of my grandchildren, I don't get to see them very often. I have made them quilts.
thank You for sharing.

Kati said...

So sorry about your great-grandma. Memories are wonderful things to have, aren't they!

Anne Payne said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Stephanie. Your grandmothers have left a lasting legacy of faith and family. Thank you for sharing them with us! {{hugs}}

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am very sorry, too my friend. I know you'll will miss her always. What a wonderful family you have and I know you'll feel their support through this. I'll keep you all in my prayers. Sweet hugs, Diane

Sylvia said...

How sweet Stephanie! I am so sorry to hear of your loss, but it is heavens gain. Love the poem and am sure that is what she would say to you. Praying God comforting arms around you, my sweet friend!
Hugs, Sylvia

NanaDiana said...

Well, I'm not supposed to cry because of the meds in my eyes but I must say that this brought tears unbidden to my eyes. What a sweet memory of your precious GG. She was a beautiful person I can tell- and I know your life was enriched because of her.

She will be there to greet you someday once again- xo Diana

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate your great grandmother! I know your loss is deep now and how wonderful when you are reunited later! You are blessed to have had her so long!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I am so sorry to hear this Stephanie. While reading I had tears in my eyes as I thought of my own great grandma and the very happy memories she left behind. I will put your great grandma on the prayer board at the Cathedral tomorrow. With my love to all of you at this sad time xx

Robyn said...

I, too, had tears in my eyes as I read this, Stephanie, but a warm smile on my lips. Grandmas are so special and you are wise to recognize your good fortune in being so close to them and benefitting from their love, skills and wisdom.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers, dear friend, as will your Great Grandmother. Big hugs xoxo

Beatrice Euphemie said...

My Dear Stephanie, I am so sorry that you had to say goodbye to your sweet Great Grandmother Maxie. How wonderful that you have these precious memories and her beautiful quilt to hold close to your heart. Sending you love and prayers at this sad time. A hug xo Karen

Mari said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Stephanie. What a blessing she was and I'm glad she was part of your life for so long.

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

She looks like a beautiful woman and had a long wonderful life. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

Libby said...

Dear Stephanie, you were blessed to have such wonderful women in your life, women who loved the Lord and took time to share the things that made them so special to you. I know you will miss your dear great grandma, but she will forever be in your heart. Take comfort in God's eternal plan. xoxo

Bethany Carson said...

Such sweet memories of your great grandma, Stephanie. She sounds like a wonderful and kind woman who lived life to the fullest; sorry to hear of her passing.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Oh, Stephanie, I Am so sorry for the loss of your great- grandma. ((many hugs))
Praying for you and your family tonight.
Love, m & jb

PS She has inspired me to be sure to be THAT kind of grandmother to my three little ones. Thank you. Thank God for Her.

Barbara Neubeck said...

... so sad to hear of your Great Grandma's passing Stephanie...
the quilt she made for you is gorgeous.... and you have so many happy memories to help you trough this sad time... God Bless ...
Hugs ..... Barb xx

Vicky Hunt said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss Stephanie. It sounds like your great grandma lived a full, blessed and wonderful life for nearly 100 years! Prayers for peace and comfort for you sweet friend. My grandparents have all been long passed away, but I still miss seeing them. They are such a sweet blessing.

Hugs, Vicky

Valerie said...

My Dear Sweet Friend,
My heart was so touched by this beautiful tribute to your very lovely great grandmother. She sounds like she was just filled to the brim with the Lord's sunshine. My heart aches for you in your loss. May the warm memories ease that heartache and comfort you in the days to come. I especially love the photo of her teaching you to "drive" the pony cart. She was so talented too! That quilt is absolutely lovey and full of a grandmother's love.
I had dropped by to thank you for the wonderful blessings that arrived on my doorstep today. I had to tell you just how excited my little 3 year old was to see what was in the "pretty present." She just squealed and squealed with delight as we took each precious item from the box that you had packaged up so lovely for us. She begged to have a "tea party" with the little raccoon mug and plate. I hope to get some photos of her "raccoon tea party" posted to the blog soon.
You are such a wonderful friend. Thank you so much for the wonderful give away. We will treasure these "presents" as my daughter lovingly called them for always. I so loved everything you sent. You are a ray of sunshine in all you say and do.
Hugs to you sweet friend and deepest sympathies...Valerie

living from glory to glory said...

Hello My Dear Friend, I am in tears for the lovely post and seeing you as a young girl. I think that quilt is amazing and your love for her has lived on in this lovely tribute to here and the other ones you have had.
I am so sorry for your lose!
Sending a hug!
Love, Roxy

Little Birdie Blessings said...

I'm so sorry to read that your grandma Maxie has passed. What wonderful memories you have of her. The beautiful quilt is a treasure and a comfort to you I'm sure. The pony cart pictures are priceless. When you feel sad, just think of both your grandmothers rejoicing in heaven. - Abby.

Anna said...

I'm sorry for your lost...
Big hug
Anna

kitty said...

Oh sweet Stephanie, I'm so sorry for the loss of your great grandma. Now she's in heaven with your dear grandma Betty. I loved seeing the pictures you shared and the special memories you have of your great grandma. You always find the perfect quotes that touch my heart. Love, hugs and blessings are sent to you.

Sophie said...

Dear Stephanie!I am so sorry for your lost.You have to remember that people really die only if we forgot them.They always live in our hearts!!!Kisses!!

Sarah said...

What beautiful memories Stephanie! I pray that the LORD would comfort your heart at this time. I am so grateful that I was able to enjoy my great grandma as long as I did, great grandmas are the best!

-Sarah

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Prayers. May they rest in Peace.

God bless.

Maria said...

Am sorry to hear about your Great Grandma Maxie. We have sadness for those who part from us because we love them so much! Thank goodness we have precious memories and they will always live in our hearts! Thank you for sharing these treasured photos and memories with us! And, thanks so much for the lovely poem! Take good care, Stephanie...hugs!:-)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh what an extraordinary woman. You are so lucky to have known ANY grandparents, but GREATgrands? And five grands and greats? Oh what a blessing!

She is beautiful and her zest for life and laughter and adventure kept her alive a long long time.

May she rest in peace.

Hugs to you at this time of loss. Hold strong to your faith that she shall see the Lord! And God bless you and your family now and always.

budgeteer said...

Oh, this is such a beautiful post Stephanie. What a wonderful lady she was and you have some precious memories to treasure

Lesley xx

Katie R. said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Stephanie. She seems like such a sweet lady. :-) I will pray for you that the Lord may comfort you during this hard time.
~Katie@liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

Ida said...

Oh my the tears are starting to flow here. I am so sorry to hear that you lost your Great-Grandma. She sounds like a wonderful and special lady and I know you loved her a lot by this amazing tribute. Someday you'll be reunited again and hope precious that will be.

Nikki said...

Oh Stephanie,
So sorry for the loss of your Great Grandma. Everyone looked so happy in the picture from your wedding. How precious that she made such a beautiful quilt for you and your husband. :) Losing a grandparent is always so sad. Thinking of you and praying for you as you hold onto all the treasured memories you made together.
I did not grow up very close to my Great Grandma, but my children are growing up next door to theirs. What a treasure that is. Thanks for reminding me when I need reminding. :)

Dayle said...

How blessed you are to have such dear ones and precious memories to last forever.

JES said...

What a beautiful generation of women God has blessed you with Stephanie! Their loving legacy is evident in what you have shared...

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Stephanie, Your Great Grandmother was such a special lady and your tribute to her is beautiful. I am so sorry for your loss, I know she was a great influence in your life.
Your photos are treasures.
What a blessing you were given with the gifts of special women in your life.
She rests in the arms of our Lord and someday you will all be together again.
Till then, you carry on the love and learnings in her honor.

Love you sweet friend,
XOXO

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Stephanie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I was out all day yesterday and did not realized that she had passed away. You are in my thoughts and prayers. It is so nice that you have that beautiful blanket she quilted for you and such fond memories you will have. Take care of yourself.
Julie

Sandra said...

Oh Stephanie, I'm so sorry to hear of your great-grandmother's passing. What great memories you have of her...your post is a lovely tribute. The beautiful quilt she made for your wedding has now become even more special.

How I love the quote about someday being someone's memory...words to live by. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, my dear friend.

Cranberry Morning said...

I am sorry for your family's loss, Stephanie. It is wonderful that you have such sweet memories of your dear great grandma. What a treasure these memories will be!

Laura said...

Oh, dear one...I am so sorry to hear about your grandma. What a sweet post about her...one can just tell how much you love her and how much she means to you. You are in our prayers...may God comfort you all at this difficult time.

With love, hugs and prayers,
Laura

Natalie said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Stephanie. Grandmothers are so special. Just remember it's only a temporary separation. One day you will be together worshiping the Lord - "what a day that will be, when my Jesus I will see..." May you feel the Lord's precious comfort today. Sweet blessings to you.

Marci Smith said...

Oh how I wish I could be with you and let you cry all over my shoulder. I am so sorry for the pain your heart feels. Please know that I am praying for you. May you feel Jesus wipe every tear that falls on your beautiful face.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Hi Stephanie, I'm so sorry to hear about your great grandmother. It is wonderful that you've had so many memories with her. I never knew either of mine. It sounds like we have similar blood. I'm mostly Irish and my grandfather is 99 and my grandmother is 97 (they are still married). Longevity is such a beautiful thing in a family. :)

Mindy Whipple said...

So sorry for your loss Stephanie. Those grandma's can have such influence on our lives. Glad you have such wonderful memories to hold on to. Hugs and prayers...

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, precious Stephanie, I am sorry for the loss of your precious Grandma Maxie! Yes, Great-grandmas and grandmas are real treasures when they love the Lord and live their lives in the way Grandma Maxie did before you. What a special blessing to have her in your life! I know your heart is breaking at the physical loss of her, but I know that you have sure hope of seeing her one day. But in the meantime, there is a time for sorrow. What beautiful photos of your memories, and I love the photo of all your grandparents! When I was born, all of my great-grandparents were alive! But two grandmas left a big spiritual impact on my life, along with one of my grandpas. I praise God for them, and I look forward to seeing them in heaven. May God give you and your family great comfort at this time. Hold all those precious moments and memories close to your heart, tender as it is!! Hugs, precious and sweet friend! (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

Jazzmin said...

I am so, so sorry for the loss of your precious Great-Grandmother, Stephanie. I send my heart and hugs to you in comfort, sweet friend! It sounds like you have such cherished memories of her that you can hold dear. She sounds like she was so much fun to be with and so loving.

Despite how difficult it is on our hearts to be apart from our missed loved ones, we are blessed- as in the case of your dear great-grandmother- that they were such wonderful individuals that left marks on heart to be so treasured. And what comfort you can take from those wonderful words in the "Letter From Heaven". So beautiful.

Wishing you the comfort of the Lord and sending you huge hugs, my dear friend, as you deal with the loss of such a dear lady in your life. May all your memories bring a smile to your face as you remember her.

Love to you,
Jazzmin

Linda Walker said...

Oh Dear Stephanie, I am so sorry for your loss of your great grandmother. I know how precious she was to you. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May memories of your sweet grandmother bring you comfort. xoxo
Linda
mysewwhatblog

Debbie said...

oohhhh stephanie, how very sad for you!! but you are so very lucky to have had such a strong and beautiful presence in your life. to have loved so much that you can feel the pain you feel today. i am sending you a big warm hug from the jersey shore!!!

Gail Dixon said...

Stephanie, I am deeply sorry for your loss. How blessed you were to have her for so long. She sounds like an amazing woman--a lot like you! God bless!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my dear Stephanie, I am sorry for your loss. Such wonderful memories you have of her and the wonderful gifts of her talent she has left for you also, wow 98 years that is fantastic, praying for only happy memories when you think of her. Hugs to you my friend.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Oh, sweet Stephanie, I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful woman she was. And such special memories you have to hold close and warm you, just like that beautiful quilt. The picture of all the grandparents is wonderful. Blessings and hugs to you today, sweet friend.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

So sorry to read about the loss of your Great Grandma. You are definitely blessed to have so many wonderful memories with her!

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