To My Grandma.....

My grandma passed away unexpectedly on Sunday.
She is not the kind of gal that would want a lot of attention brought to her, but it wouldn't really be my style not to.
She was a wonderful woman.
Some of my earliest memories with her are when we'd go up to her cabin and when she made a deal with me - if I quit sucking my thumb, she would quit smoking. That was when I was five. I'm happy to say, we both had success.
I remember her and my grandpa taking my brother and me bowling. Man, they must have had a lot of patience.
I remember her teaching me how to play solitaire.
I remember when she survived breast cancer.
I remember her laugh.
I remember her fabulous sense of humor.
I remember thinking, "how in the heck can she drive from MN to MI without stopping to go to the bathroom?"
I remember how lucky she was at the casinos.
I remember how tasty her pasties were and that I'm thankful she has shared her recipe with me.
I remember how cool it was to have a 5 generations picture taken with her and great-grandma when Colton was born.
I remember how much she loved all of us.
I remember how much I love her.

Grandma, I know that you are in a fabulous place and that you are looking down at all of us and telling us not to be sad - that things are okay. That's just a little too hard right now. We will get there though. My wonderful memories with you will get me there.

Oh, and Colton was hoping that you could take care of Tag (his other grandpa and grandma's dog) now that you are both in Heaven. He's pretty sure you know how to take care of dogs.

We love you!


Jaime said...

Oh Leah!! That was really nice... I loved hearing those memories.

I'm sorry for your loss. Your grandma sounded really awesome!

trav said...

you can't help but smile reading that post :) she sounds like a wonderful woman. i, too, am sorry for your loss, but it sounds like you made the most of the time you shared together :)

jenny said...

i'm so sorry to hear your grandma passed away. reading your post made me think of how awesome my gram is too! :) take care.

Anonymous said...

i'm so sorry leah! that was such a sweet post.

lib said...

and i'm crying...

Swanson Family said...

I am bawling! I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds like an incredibile women. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Love you!

Jill said...

Leah, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

Your grandma sounds like an amazing woman. And all of those memories that you have of her are a testament of that--you don't leave so many memories when you don't touch the hearts of those around you.


Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. Grandparents have such a special place in our hearts. Becoming a Mother made me realize all of the things that my own Grandmother had done and gone through. Sounds like your special memories of her will ease the transition a bit. God Bless her!

Jaci said...

Oh, how wonderful to celebrate her life at this moment...even though it's hard at a time like this. Hold those memories dear to your heart, you've been blessed to have her in your life. Our thoughts & prayers are with you too.

Tammy said...

Oh, Leah...I'm so sorry for your loss. This post if a beautiful tribute to her.

South American Sara said...

Big hugs and lots of prayers your way as you traverse this time in your life. What a beautiful post to a remarkable woman you have made here!

jessica said...

so sorry for you and your family's loss, leah. you have written a beautiful tribute to her. she was obviously awesome.