One year ago, we were celebrating the news that we would be adding life to our family. Valentine’s Day we found out we were pregnant.
This year we celebrated life in a different way. We celebrated a life lost.
Such a big life.
Friday night my sweet sweet grandma passed away.
This is such a hard loss because of the huge place Grandma held in our lives. While we knew this was something that was going to happen, her passing is still very much a shock because of how she has always been there for us.
She was one of the sweetest and most selfless women I knew. It’s hard to sum up everything that she was and meant to us.
She is colored popcorn balls.
She is lunch dates to Andres.
She is our first trip to Silver Dollar City.
She is the blue suede jacket that was forever a staple in her closet.
She was a trip to the movies to see the latest kid blockbuster.
She is her insistence that she was always 5.8 and a size 8 shoe.
She is watching Curly Sue, Heidi, and Big Business with me on repeat.
She is the shrimp holiday meal.
She is the immaculate manicure and updo. (Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever did see her nails not done.)
She is trips to Japanese Steak House.
She is the Hallmark movies she would save.
She is the angel Christmas decorations that would flood her house in the winter.
She is the call to make sure I was ok on campus, and that I was carrying a flashlight.
She is the family she embraced (blood and not). She adopted anyone as hers.
She is the laugh that fills you up.
She is the way she talked about each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren with great pride and love.
She is the support she showed us at every band concert, play, sports event, etc.
She is the way her eyes lit up when you walked in the door to visit.
She is a role model as a wife and mother.
She is the sparkle you saw when she talked about the love of her life (Grandpa).
She is the way she said I love you.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Grandma was so much to all of us that there is definitely a void that is felt by all.
We spent so much time at her house growing up. It was a safe haven for us, and we knew a good time would be had with her. All of these moments, I will cherish.
She was a mom to three, grandma to eight, and great-grandma to thirteen. And she loved as all so fully. Goodness it is hard to explain the emotion and all that she gave to us.
She was one of those people who gave everything that she was and then just a little more. She was seriously the best.
This was just a start to remember all of it. There will never be anyone quite like her. She was one special lady. This is my attempt to put it into words, but it’s still tough to process this loss. I just can’t imagine going home to Kansas City without seeing her face or hearing her voice. So much beauty wrapped up in one person.
It is going to be tough, but she will live on through all that knew her.
Grandma, here’s to you and your size 8 shoe, which I am sure you are wearing now to see Jesus.