Monday, September 22, 2008

I Heart Her...

There is a certain woman in my life who God ordained from the beginning.

There is no doubt.

I was the daughter, of her teenage daughter.

My mom tells the story of how right before I was born, she shared with my Grandma the name she had picked out for me. And my Grandma, who must have already read my un-born mind, said something to the effect of "why don't you name her something normal, like...Sarah."

Amen, Grandma. Amen.

She is the same woman who introduced me to:

  • The gift of black coffee...in Kindergarten. (perhaps I'll just blame her for my slight addiction now ;)
  • The bedtime snack of butter on saltine crackers.
  • The best home-made noodles...ever.
  • "Cold Bread" which is what my boys call her home-made bread because we store it in the fridge...
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Crocheting...that I learned to do left handed (like her)...even though I am not left handed...and let's face it, I could never really get past that one single strand (that she let me make 12 feet long and wrap around the Christmas tree:)

My childhood memories that involve her are infinite.

I love her smile. I love how she LOVES babies. Her quiet strength. Her example of self-sacrificing love. The way she loves with food. The toys she still has from when I was little. Her ability to can just about anything...tomatoes, beans, jams, chili...The way she loves my boys, and the way they love her.

I love the smell of her house...because it's her.

And for some time now...she hasn't been feeling so great.

A little thing called Congestive Heart Failure...at least we all like to think pretend it's little...but some doctor's appointments recently suggest otherwise.

Dang Doctor's and their reality checks...

This post is for her...Grandma, it's just a little bit of all the reasons I love you. I wish my writing abilities allowed me to more eloquently put it into words (we'll blame that on my dad's side *wink*) I have always known how proud of me you are...not because of anything I had done...but because of who I was, the person I was...the woman I am. I hope that you too, know that I feel the same way about you. I love being your grand-daughter. I love you.

I am praying for God's wisdom to be poured out on your doctors, and for the Ultimate Healer's hands to be upon you and most importantly, that you know and feel just how big His love for you is.


Now...I told my mom I was going to blog about Grandma, so my mom passed along the information to her...to which Grandma said "She's gonna what?" *smile*

Time to introduce Grandma to the blog world...which means I will print this off for her to read...so, if all my lovely friends (which by the way, is all of you) would leave me a comment and let my Grandma know you'll be lifting her before His throne, I would be ever so thankful AND I'll be able to show her that I do have some friends...even if you are all imaginary *wink*

43 comments:

  1. Sarah,
    What a beautiful way to honor grandma and I want to thank your blogging friends in advance for their prayers that I know will be lifted up for mom thank you from the bottom of my heart. I read their comments and even find myself at their blogs and I heart them also. It was the afternoon before I was going to be induced with you when we stopped at grandmas and it was at her kitchen table where your dad and I told her the name we we were leaning to for a girl and Grandma sure did not care for it.Wow! can you believe I even listened to grandma since I was ony 18 I am glad I did now because you are a Sarah. I have been blessed with a wonderful mother and daughter.You are a blessed girl Sarah. Love you both. Deb/Mom

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  2. good grief that post had me in tears, wiped those, then read your mom's comment, more tears, so sweet!
    DEFINITELY will be praying! Don't know her but love her already!

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  3. That was beautiful! And your Grandma is beautiful - I loved seeing the picture from years back with now's picture - she is still so beautiful! I will be praying for her!

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  4. What a great post! I heart your Grandma too. I totally relate to some of the things you said. There's just something special about Grandma's house and the memories made there. My grandmother, whom I adored, passed away about three years ago. I miss her so much. (Now, you've got me teary ...)

    Anyway, prayers for Grandma for strength and healing. Prayers for the doctors for guidance and wisdom. Tell Grandma I said "Hi" and I'd love to taste those homemade noodles and cold bread.

    Hugs!:)

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  5. This was such a great way to honor your Grandma. I will absolutely be in prayer for her!

    You make me wish I would've written a letter to my Nanny to let her know how much she meant to me. Praise God, the opportunity will come again ONE GLORIOUS DAY!

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  6. What a sweet tribute to Grandma! It brought back many memories of my grandma. She went to be with the Lord over 10 years ago. But I am reminded of her almost daily and my oldest shared her birthday.

    My continued prayers are with Grandma, doctors and peace for the entire family.

    Hugs!

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  7. I couldn't help but think if my sweet grandma as I read your precious tribute to yours! What a blessing family heritage is and that we can pass on wonderful sweet memories to our children.

    Will be in prayer for yours, every minute of it!

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  8. What a beautiful way to show your Grandma how much you love her and admire her. I can see that she had a huge impact on you growing up and even still today. By the way, I think you look a lot like her.

    I will be praying for her, the doctors, all of you.

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  9. What a sweet reminder to me of how much I love my grandmothers. Like your grandma, mine have had such an impact on my life, and now on my children's lives. I will pray today for your grandma's health and peace. I'm sure she already knows that she is loved, but you've offered a wonderful reminder of that today!

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  10. what sweet memories! There's no one like a grandma! I will pray for her today.

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  11. Aw what a touching post! My grandma also introduced me to 'Sanka' at a very young age and I am now a full blown coffee addict:) Grandma's are the best!
    I will be lifting this sweet lady up in my prayers today. I will pray that The Great Healer/Physician will comfort your Grandma at this time:)

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  12. Such a sweet, sweet post. Your grandma is a beautiful lady! I'll will be praying for her!

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  13. What a beautiful tribute to Grandma! Aren't strong, enthusiastic women a blessing in our lives? Please, God, bless Sarah's Grandma, and wrap her in your loving arms. Give the medical staff strength and wisdom and keep Sarah's whole family in your care.

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  14. Your Grammy is Beautiful! The post you wrote was so touching! I feel that I know your Grammy!

    Thank you Sarah for sharing a glimpse of her!

    Hi Grammy!

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  15. What a lovely tribute! I just prayed for your grandma, too!

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  16. supporting your grandma in prayer. what a beautifully written story!

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  17. Sarah -
    This is a beautiful post!!!!
    Praying for your grandma and you!
    in HIM -
    Mindy

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  18. seems to me she also gave you a beautiful insight into enjoying life to the fullest extent! i can easily see the beauty she handed down to you from that first photo.

    so sarah's grandma...we are thinking and praying for you.

    and will you please give this granddaughter a hug for us too!? she's reminded me of how special ALL of my family are.

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  19. I am all about praying--and now I'm praying for your grandmother, and all of those who love her, too.

    ...May the peace that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus...
    Love,
    -J

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  20. As the mom of another Sarah, I am happy to be your "imaginary" friend. :)
    What a lovely tribute to your grandma. Keep telling her and telling her because your words are such a blessing in many ways.
    It will by my pleasure to life her up in prayer.
    Have a beautiful day!

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  21. "Grandma",
    I am praying for you too! You have a lovely grandaughter! She is such a specail woman, and now I can see that she has been influenced and shaped into that beauty in part by you! {hugs}
    ~Wendi
    ps - I think miss Sarah is extremely eloquent! :)

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  22. Praying for your grandma, her doctors, and for you and your mom. It's obvious that you love your grandmother very much, and it's not easy seeing someone you love go through illness!

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  23. Wow, she was one gorgeous young woman!

    What a wonderful post to her honor - she sounds like an amazing woman.

    Praying for God's healing hands to touch her body and heal her heart!

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  24. I will pray for your Grandma. If she is even half as wonderful as my Grandma, you are a very lucky woman. Of course I think my Grandma is the best!

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  25. It's such a blessing that we have today to be touched by multiple generations-- to hear their stories, to share their lives, and to occasionally live their dreams.

    What a touching tribute and thank you for sharing your grandma with us.

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  26. Precious post. Loved the top picture by the way. Will our grandkids look back at pictures of us and think we are just gorgeous like we do our grandmothers? :)

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  27. Praise God for her and may He keep her in His care!

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  28. Awe, that's so sweet! She's in my prayers!

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  29. We will be adding her to our own family prayers. Thank the Lord for all those wonderful Grandma's and Grandpa's that are out there sharing a bit of themselves with all of us.

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  30. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one in happy tears over this post. Grandma's are one of God's sweetest gifts. Yours will certainly be in my prayers - Grandma, when you read this know that I understand congestive heart failure can be a scary, hard thing, but the Lord says "Do Not Fear! For I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine!"

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  31. She is beautiful!! :) Hard times. I bet she's so happy to have the family she does. She picked a great name, too!

    We'll be praying!

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  33. Dear Sarah's Grandma, please know I have prayed for you before I send this, and that I will continue to pray for you in the coming days. You have had such an impact on Sarah, and she is an amazing blessing to all of us in blog land. :o)

    Sarah, I have been contemplating a post on my sweet Grandmother too. She is with Jesus now, but everywhere I turn there are reminders of her life and influence. As I pray for your Grandma I am praying for you too.

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  34. What a beautifully moving tribute!

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  35. My grandma was incredibly special to me too. She went to be with the Lord on July 4th, 2001. Her death tore me to pieces.
    I pray that you enjoy your time with your grandma...make the most of it!

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  36. Ahh Sarah. What a beautiful post. In everyway it showeed your heart and fierce love for your grandma.
    Welcome Grandma to the Blog World!
    I feel the same way about my grandpa. In fact, I need to call him since I am thinking about him.
    Blessings Friend,Stephanie

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  37. Grandmas are special folks! I have a super special Grandma too, and I can't imagine what it will be like one day when she is not not around to chat with... Let your Grandma know that before the throne she is lifted. =)

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  38. Beautiful tribute to your Grandma Sarah!

    Praying God's healing touch on her body!

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  39. Your grandma will treasure this!! and it appears to me that you are following in her footsteps at becoming the woman you describe her as...

    God is good at doing that sort of thing...

    the legacy continues.

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  40. Sarah~ What a beautiful message for your dear grandma! My Nana is going through serious health problems right now, too. It is difficult to see the women we look up to and love so dearly, go through such pain! What a BLESSING it is to have the Lord walking right beside each of us. No disease has a hold over Him.
    I'm saying prayers for your Grandma...it is evident how much you love each other.
    ~ Rachel

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  41. What a precious post and tribute to a beautiful woman

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