Last week while driving through the peaceful countryside of Mathews County I spotted a beautiful Blue Heron hanging out on the side of the road. Everytime a bird catches my attention especially one I can identify my mind wanders and reflects treasured memories of my grandmother and grandfather. It was during very special time with my grandparents that they taught me to identify and appreciate birds.
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26
Hazel, mom, grandma, gamla, known by many different names but she was one very remarkable and wonderful woman. She certainly was Queen of our little family and we all loved and treasured her dearly. Very sadly my grandmother passed away just over a month ago, I am taking a few moments to reflect, reminisce and honor this very special woman today. There is nothing that can be said or done to make losing a loved one any easier or less painful but I do take great comfort in knowing my grandmother loved the Lord and has been called Home to be with Him in paradise and has been reunited with our beloved grandfather.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
I would not be who I am today without my grandmother. She lived a full, wonderful and long life, she was 91 years old when God called her home. She did experience heartbreak and tragedy in her life that no one should ever have to experience however she never let circumstances dictate or define her. My grandfather was her highschool sweetheart and they were faithfully and happily married for over 60 years and she had to say goodbye and bury him a few years ago. My grandmother faced challenges of fulfilling the role of working mother of 4 children, one of the first in her time to brave this the task of being a working mother. When we lost my Uncle John a few years after we lost my grandfather she had to experience the pain of burying her youngest child. Yet she always stood strong and was quite determined, some may even go as far as to call her stubborn. (Which my husband would tell you is something I inherited from her 😉
I truly am blessed for having such an amazing grandmother. She helped me become who I am today in so many ways. I have always looked up to her and will always treasure my memories of her. I will continue to be reminded of her and my grandfather in little parts of everyday life. I will continue to talk about my grandparents and show and display their photos and keep their memories alive in my children as well.
What an amazing testimony my grandmother left behind, the last words she spoke were to my brother before she went to sleep, she said “God has been good to me”. She went to sleep and never woke up. So peaceful and without suffering she left this world and into the arms of Our Heavenly Father, in her last moments she gave glory to God. Everytime I think about how AWESOME this is I am so humbled and inspired.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“Thank You Lord for blessing me with such an amazing grandmother. I am so thankful to have had her as part of my life, blessed by her love and influence in my life. My family and my heart are hurting as we feel the loss of this incredible woman we loved and cherished so much. Please cover my family in healing and comfort during this time grieving. Amen.”