December 6, 2016

GRANDMA KAREN

Today I thought it was only fitting to dedicate this blog post to my Grandma Karen who passed away yesterday. (Dad's Mom)  My Grandma had been sick for sometime, but put up a fight to the bitter end. 
She is now with the Lord, whom she believed in with all her heart, and is no longer in pain.


My Grandma loved reading my blog!. We didn't always get to see each other in person but, I know she felt connected through the pictures, stories and sharing. I'd like to think I got my love of writing and sharing from my Grandma. My Mom told me once that she had a column in their local town's paper!?  
She loved writing, it wouldn't of been an email from Grandma if it wasn't long and wordy, but it was so nice to read. My Grandma also love to send cards, thank you note and letters; I will always remember her cursive handwriting.

  
As I got older I mostly saw my Grandma during family gatherings and holidays. This picture was taken at our old house in Winchester, I started hosting Easter when Bryce was little and she always loved coming over and watching all the cousins play, talk and laugh. 

My Grandma had an appreciation for a glass of iced tea, ha! Whenever she showed up Grandma already had a glass in hand from home with unsweetened iced tea. The little things you remember right?! :)

Grandma also loved gardening and flowers. I remember for many years my Mom would gift her mini rose bushes and you'd go over to their house months later and that little plant was thriving! She had a green thumb and took pride in gardening. I love gardening too!   

A few things that come to my mind when thinking of my Grandma are:

A Godly women, who believed in her faith and trusted in the lord.
Loved family and staying connected.
Loved Dogs.
Thoughtful.
Was able to see the beauty in everything.
Appreciated crafts & handmade gifts.
Had a fighting spirit.

Jer's eyes are always closed in pics, ha!

My Grandma Karen instilled a quality in all her children, of doing the right thing-even though you may feel otherwise. I can honestly say that my Dad and everyone of his Sisters, exemplify this quality beautifully! 
I can only hope that I possess & emulate this quality as well and pass it on to my kids as she did. 

My Grandam Karen was an amazing person, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother...she will forever be missed by many.

If one of my wishes came true, it would of been for her to see Missouri and everything my Dad has worked so hard for.  But some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers and now she is able to see everything from up above. 
(She really wanted to come but physically was unable)

Because of circumstances far greater than myself, I will not be able to attend her services.  I can only hope this blog post shows my appreciation for her and how important she was to me.

We will all miss you Grandma,

10 comments:

  1. Beautifully writtenđź’–

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  2. She loved you and your family so much. You were the first grand daughter! Your grandmother was a published writer, with short stories about life in different magazines (when I was a child), and later on a weekly newspaper column about life and activities in Lake Elsinore. You remind me so much of her when she was younger. She is getting to see you every day now, and if she could have come back there she would have loved it.

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    1. Thanks Kathy. I never knew she had written articles in magazines, I love it, that is something I want to do too! :)

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  3. So beautiful. She was so proud if you. My Mom didn't know she had sisters until she was in her 70s. Karen didn't know either, but she made up for lost time in her letters. She would send pictures totally covered in writing on the backs! I enjoyed getting to know her through writing and Facebook. I wish I could have met her in person. She talked about you and all her grandchildren. She loved you all so much. Jeane

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and kind words, I appreciate it! :)

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  4. Very nicely written. Love how she loved her tea.

    Aloha from Hawaii, Rommel

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    1. Thank you!
      Yes, she had an appreciation for iced tea :)

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