Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mother's Day....bittersweet

Today my mom, my girls, and myself went up north to see my Grandma. It is always fun to go up north, the town where I grew up, and to watch my girls play and follow my grandma's husband LeRoy around.....just as I did when I was little. It isn't always easy to get up there and see her but a remark that she had made to my mom told me that I'd better get up there.

My grandma is a spunky old woman of 87 years, and after telling my mom of all her aches and pains she said "I think it's time I cash in". I laugh at this because I know my grandma and it is something she would say. She has lived a full life and never really skipped a beat. She had her last yard sale only 2 years ago. So the reason I put the bittersweet in the title is because when I seen her today I knew that she was just waiting to see everyone one last time, I think....she really was not herself and even my girls noticed and that is sad. I also know that I do not want her to be in pain everyday either. We took some great pictures today that I will forever treasure. I spent alot of time at her house when I was little, and to see my girls have a few hours of that same sort of time I had was unexplainable, amazing, and most of all a deep feeling of unconditional love.


Ros said...

It's hard when people we love get older and are in pain. If this is the last time you do see her, I know you will remember it with treasured memories. It is so great that you could take the time to go and visit. So many times people pass away, and we regret not seeing them or telling we love them one last time.

Happy Mother's Day!

Stephanie said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too Ros:) I know exactly what you mean, I stayed with my other Grandma ALOT when I was little. She was like my best friend, all the way into my teens. I was 18 when she passed and I regret not spending more time with her in those last few years. By time I mean chatting with her and listening to family stories, you know the kind of stuff to pass on to my children. I do share every memory I have of her with them though, and I will never forget her.
I hope you are doing well Ros, you are always in my prayers:)

iheartchocolate said...

Firstly- I am sorry. I know this must be a hard time. None of us are prepared for this part of life.

Secondly-Happy Mother's Day! And beautifully written post.

Thirdly, you are SO PRETTY!
You look fantastic!

Stephanie said...

Thanks Mandy, I was going to leave a comment on your blog. The picture of you and Maddie is great!! You look great, beuatiful. You go girl!!
With my Grandma it is sad but she has lived a full life and I know that her spirit will live on, in me and my girls:)
Happy Mother's Day to you too:))

Kelli said...

I'm so happy that you and your girls were able to spend a day like that with your grandma and mom. What a blessing these woman are to our lives. So much to exsperiance and learn from.
Have a wonderful day steph. You are an incredible mom and a super friend. Lots of love.

Ruthie said...

Look at that Bella snuggling up to Grandma...and Grandma's loving it too! I'm so glad you all got to have this special day together.

Stephanie said...

I know Ruth, I used to snuggle like that with her when I was little. I will forever cherish these pictures:)

Kelli, thanks for your kind words. I hope you had a wonderful day too:)