Thursday, January 12, 2012

Heaven Got An Angel Today...

 Hello, my stamping and blogging friends.  It is with a very heavy heart that I make this post today.  My Granny has had many struggles with her health in the past couple of years, and she gave up her fight at 5:15 this morning.   I believe with all my heart that she is enjoying her special place in Heaven at this very moment.  Those of us who were blessed to have this amazing woman in our lives were truly blessed with an angel here on earth.  I scrolled back through my blog posts to find this entry I made in April of 2009, when I first started taking care of Granny after she came home from the hospital.  This is such a comfort to read this and remember...


 April 25, 2009


Hello, good morning, and welcome to The ThINKin' Spot! I'm happy to have ya here!! As many of you know, I've been staying with my grandparents for the past week, and plans are for me to continue that as long as they need me, although, I am enjoying a quiet weekend at home in my pajamas this weekend. My grandma (Granny) has some serious health issues, and with her failing health, she needs 24 hour/day care. About 15 years ago, she suffered a major heart attack, and only about 40-50% of her heart actively functions. In addition, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease about 2 years ago, and with Macular Degeneration, she is very nearly blind. She's 86 (soon to be 87) years old, and for the past 45 years, she has been MY Granny. I grew up with her literally a few steps away, and I have to admit that she spent many of her waking hours completely spoiling me. Truly, she spoils everyone who's had the priviledge to spend any time with her at all. She is one of the most loving, giving, patient and kind people I've known in my life, and I owe so much of who I am to her. It is both a pleasure and joy to take care of her. Yes, it is hard work, and I couldn't do it for just anyone, but for her, it's a pleasure. She has taken care of so many, and it seems only fitting that we now reciprocate by lovingly taking care of her needs, although it's still difficult for her to allow us to do so.

We enjoyed a beautiful day on the farm last Wednesday with warm temperatures and a gorgeous sunny day, and I decided to take her out on the deck to enjoy a part of the glorious Spring weather. We spent a little over an hour out there, and I had to look hard to find a hat to protect her fragile and fair skin from the sun, which felt so good to her. I finally stumbled upon Grandpa's old fishin' hat, which served the purpose, but I had to keep reminding her to not touch the hat, as there were flies (lures) stuck in the hat. I snapped this picture of her just about the time she instructed me "Little lady...you'd better not get a picture of me in this dorky hat". She cracks me up. It's so good to see her smile. Wednesday was a good day. She knew who we were, felt good, and we all enjoyed the day. Sometimes she does forget who I am, or she'll ask me to get a nurse for her. Thursday, she even woke up from a nap, and announced that she'd like for us to get her a monkey. She said, "Yep...that's just what I need. A monkey!" I thought I would fall off the couch laughing, and Grandpa just stared at her with this bewildered look on his face. It was truly priceless!! Lord, I LOVE her!
This is Granny. EVERYONE who knows her calls her Granny.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I wish for you a blessed and beautiful day, and I encourage you to look around for the angel in your own life, and celebrate them today.  Granny would love that!!!!


35 comments:

Nikki the *scrappinNavyWife* said...

this made me cry. how beautiful! I'm so sorry for your loss of your sweet Granny! great big hugs from me to you.

♥ Nikki

Catherine said...

Oh, Lorie. I know your hearts are hurting and missing Granny. My thoughts & prayers are with you. (And a card is on its way soon!)

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

:: BlueInks :: said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Granny, sounded like a wonderful person. May your fond memories help you through. Take care.

Sew Sweet N Crafty said...

HI, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I prayed for you so I hope you find comfort at this time and that your pain be cast away. I lost my favorite aunt in December a week before Christmas and it hurt so badly. It still hurts. She was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer about two years ago and she lost her fight on Dec 17, 2011. I miss her and I know you miss your Granny. Be strong my sister. God is with you and she is with him. Take care and be bless.
Lai
SewSweetNCrafty.blogspot.com

April said...

Lorie,
Such a hard post to make! {{HUGGZ}} my dear friend! Despite not knowing Granny, I am sure she will be missed by your whole family and all of your friends! Prayers going up for you all!

eiyiyi said...

My heart and prayers are with you today. Granny doesn't need my prayers since she is already in heaven and I'm sure praying for you. I'm so sorry for your loss. hugs, eileen

Houses Built of Cards said...

Awww...big HUGS!!! So sorry for your loss! What a beautiful story, and wonderful memories!

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Viv said...

Crying right along with you Nikki! Nite nite Granny, God Bless! xxx

Glora said...

Dearest Lorie, this is the sweetest post. It totally made me cry... I know how much you love your Granny and I know you will miss her fiercely. Even if it was hard work, yet a privilege to take care of her, I know that this time you have spent taking care of her will leave you with even more memories to cherish throughout your life. You are such an inspiration to me and I just love you to pieces! PLEASE let me know if there is anything I can do for you. For now, you and your family will be in my continued prayers! Much love and TONS of hugs - Glora

- said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to loose a granny or "mamaw" as I called mine. Reading your post makes me think of my mamaw, I grew up right next door to my mamaw and she spoiled me also. She was the most wonderful and loving person. She was a great cook and I like to think that I get some of my cooking skills from her :) Every time I cook something that she made it makes me think of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
(:(:Smiles:):)

Robin

Amanda said...

Oh Lorie, I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your sweet granny.. I'm sure she will be very missed.. Sending lots of hugs you way..

Amanda

Saundra said...

Oh Lorie, this truly touched my heart and it is making long for my granny. Such treasured memories will give you comfort. Know that I am thinking and praying for you. ~Hugs, Saundra

Saundra said...

Oh Lorie, this truly touched my heart and it is making long for my granny. Such treasured memories will give you comfort. Know that I am thinking and praying for you. ~Hugs, Saundra

Kristi said...

So sorry to hear about your Granny..sending hugs your way Lorie..

Sue said...

Oh Lorie
This was a heartbreaking post on one hand and an uplifting one on the other, I am pleased you had your granny for so long and that she was your Angel, may she rest in peace, you will miss her.
Smiles:)

ScrappyKsue said...

I am so sorry for your loss but happy for your Granny. You were both lucky to have each other in your lives. Take Care.

ScrappyKsue said...

I am so sorry for your loss but happy for your Granny. You were both lucky to have each other in your lives. Take Care.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Sorry to hear about your grandma. Those are tough losses, but you seem to be handling it pretty well. I'll pray for you and her!

VICTORIA said...

Lorie i am so sorry for your Loss Lots of Hugs i am sending your way and will be saying a prayer for you. Vicky

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

((((HUGS))))) I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Judy McMullen said...

Thanks for sharing the darling pix and sweet, funny memory of your dear grandma, Lorie! I know your heart is heavy and you are missing her sweet presence in your life. And I also know you also are rejoicing in knowing she is in the arms of our Lord! Praying for His peace and comfort for you and all your family.

~Paola~ said...

*Rejoyce and be glad! Great is yiur reward in Heaven.*
~Matthew 5:12~

Dearest Lorie....I am so saddened to read about your Granny's sudden passing, yet also happy for her because she's now pain free and in the loving arms of Jesus...
May He comfort and guide you and your Family during this time of sorrow...
♥ Sending you loving hugs my dear friend~~ I love you ♥

Cheryl Walker said...

Ohhh Lorie I am sooo sorry for your loss. Its hard to loose our loved ones, and its also hard to see them suffer at the same time. I loved reading your story from 2009 what a beautiful story. God bless you and your family through this time hun! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sending BIG hugs your way!!
Cheryl

Jingle said...

I am so sorry for your loss!

Marjorie said...

May your memories of the sweet times with Granny bring you comfort during this time.

Melissa said...

Awww... I have some tears in my eyes. Hugs- Melissa

Dawn said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! Everyone needs a granny,and it sounds like you were blessed with a wonderful one for many years. I still miss mine after 15 years. Take care!

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Sandy said...

I am so sorry but I am so thrillled that you had her and she had you. You were both blessed!
Sandy

Vickie said...

Lorie
So sorry to hear that your Granny is not here on earth with you but I know that she as well as my mom are having a great time in heaven and that the good news is that while we can't have them here with us today we will get to see them again someday. Praying you have God's blessings, peace and comfort at this very hard time.

KathyJ Peachy Keen Stamps said...

AWWW, such a sweet and loving memory! BAH HA HA .. "you better not get a picture of me in this dorky hat!" HA HA HA!!

I'm so sorry for your family's loss Lorie. :( Good thing that you have such a loving and a wonderful family! I know all too well how my family and I count on each other. I love your writing! YOU SHOULD WRITE A BOOK! Love you! Kathy

Lauren Brewer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Lorie. Your post from 2009 is beautiful. It sounds like you were both a blessing to one another. Big {hugs!} and prayers for you and your family.

Lauren Brewer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your post from 2009 is so touching and beautifully written. Thinking of you! {hugs!}

Kim Score said...

stunningly beautiful projects, as usual! I know I say this every time but I am so blown away by your coloring!

Jennie Garcia said...

I'm so sorry, Lorie. My heart goes out to you and your family. Your post was very beautiful. Lots of Hugs!!
TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

Cindy :) said...

awwwww Lorie, what a touching post, brought tears to my eyes, she looks so happy, you were so blessed to have her hun and I'm sry she's gone....but not forgotten, she's waiting for all of you and she will remember you then :)

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