These pictures were from a trip I took to see them - either in '92 or '93. They lived way down in Corpus Christi, TX and we lived way up in Michigan - so this was only my 2nd or 3rd trip to TX.
My grandparents moved to TX when I was only two, so our visits were few and far between over the years. But I always knew my grandma loved me. She thought I was special. All of her grandkids were special to her.
She didn't live an easy life - I know that I don't know the half of it. But sometime during her life she met Jesus. And she loved Him. And she found peace there at the cross. And today I am so thankful that she is no longer in pain. She is in a better place with no more tears and no more suffering. I am happy for her, even as I miss her. She spent the last decade of her life living with Alzheimers. Both my grandmas suffered from Alzheimers at the end of their journeys. It's dark side steals the loved one from us before their physical journey on earth ends.
My grandma loved to go bowling. And she was good at it. One of my favorite memories is her teaching me the bowling technique with pillows in her living room. If I close my eyes, I can still go back that day. She also loved to collect cruets. I'm glad I have one of hers (on the left).
When Sarah turned one, and I turned 30, we met my grandparents (and aunt and uncle) halfway between TX and MO - here are a couple of photos from then -
And my Grandma with her five children - this was the last time I saw her. Family Reunion, 2005.
These years of saying goodbye to grandparents who have always been a part of our lives is hard. I will hold onto all the sweet memories in my heart.
Grandma, I'm glad you are finally at peace. I love you, always.