remembering grandma

There are people that can come into your life and leave without a trace, but then there are those who leave a lasting impression long after they’re gone.

And this woman was the latter.

She was the epitome of selflessness. Constantly giving, continually sacrificing. She worked hard to make sure that those she cared about were taken care of. Always considering herself last. Truly selfless. There are times that it seemed she had nothing to give, yet she gave. And even in her passing, as a donor, gave more still.

Because of her generosity and regard for others, she often fell into the role of mother among every circle. She took on that role gladly and with a canny sense of humor, much like the way she approached everything in life. She was feisty and sassy and had a way of keeping everyone in line. And although she is no longer here to give “the look,” rest assured that anyone who received it, will remember it. Her spirit and her spunk will always live on. Her wit will remain unmatched. With a smile that lit up a room and a laughter so contagious, she came into this world and made it just a little brighter.

Throughout her 67 years of life, she lived as a caring daughter and a thoughtful sister, a loving wife and an amazing mother, a proud grandmother and an adoring great-grandmother, but in addition to that, she was so much more to so many.

She is loved.

She is missed.

And she will not soon be forgotten.

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
“you promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“the times when you have
seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.”

– Author unknown

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