|my grandma painted this ..."Mary and Rich" or to me Grandmom and Grandad|
hers was a life well-lived. my dear Grandma said goodbye to this world this week, the matriarch of my dad's wonderful family. and really, she was the one who set the tone for the whole lot of us. she did not live a glamorous life, but a faithful one. she was gracious, kind, warm-hearted, and compassionate always and she raised her six children to be the same. she has 16 great-grandchildren and she knew them all.
we had many family weddings and gatherings and she was always there, smiling at her beloved family and asking questions about each of our lives. we were all together at Christmas before she was diagnosed with cancer and i'm so thankful she was able to enjoy her people without that worry.
after her diagnosis, she continued to visit with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. she wrote letters to us...i received one just a couple weeks ago, even while on hospice!
grandma never grew cynical or bitter, though she had plenty of reasons to. even after losing sisters, husband, and her vision, she still looked for beauty and chose joy.
she was under-girded by her faith in God and she loved her church and its choir, birds, flowers, pets, music, art, people, and beauty in any form really. my grandmom was a china and silver expert, but she could also find something lovely to say (and probably think!) about the most ordinary of things. i loved this about her.
balm in gilead.
i sang a broken version and then my parents and aunts joined in other hymns. i'm told they encircled her bed and did this multiple times over the next few days.