Thursday, February 21, 2013

death day

We got the call this morning that my Grandma passed away.  My mom flew back home to Illinois last night and Grandma died this morning at 6:15 a.m. in Arizona.  I so wish mom could have been there with her, but they had their sweet goodbyes.  The Lord worked all that out.  Grandma wasn't alone, a precious nurse was by her side as she quietly took her last breath. 

I really didn't think her passing would affect me much.  I know that sounds weird, but we weren't close.  My grandparents moved to Arizona when I was just a year old.  I only have a few memories of her...vacations as a young girl, taking Big Chick to see her as a baby.  She never even met my little one.  But despite that distance my emotions today are so raw.  In my mind I can hear her voice.  I can see her tiny little form.  I can remember her likes and dislikes...the candy she loved...the stories she used to tell...her amazing apple bars:)  I can picture the way my mom loved and doted on her.  And that is why my heart is heavy.  My momma...


Grandma was 100 years old.  She died of natural causes.  She knew Jesus.  What a blessing!!!  I know that I know that she's in heaven right this second dancing with Him and Grandpa.  She's traded that old feeble body and mind for a brand spankin' new one.  No more pain.  No more suffering.  No more loss.  Can you even imagine?!!  Her death day is a party for her. 


We whisper the word death.  We step around it because it's ugly and painful.  It's a huge giant hole for us...the left behind.  The loss and grief consume, we feel it to the core, but she's a new creation.  Her eternity...her forevermore has finally begun.  Happy death day Grandma...welcome to your forever home.  We love you!








Be a blessing.
 








997.  a heavenly reunion right now
998.  the promise of a forevermore
999.  the love of a mother
1000.  a God who welcomes us home with open arms!  My 1000 gifts!!!!!!



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49 comments:

  1. Praying for you. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  2. Hugs. Its always hard. 100 that is amazing.

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  3. Beautiful! What a wonderful long life your Grandma had! And for her to now be in heaven, so sweet! But I can understand your loss and pain, for that I am sorry! Praying for the Lord's sweet comfort for all of your family as you go through this time of grief. ♥


    Way to go on finishing your 1000 gifts!! :D

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  4. i am so sorry for your loss. beautiful words!!

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  5. So sorry for your loss. Even though we know that this is not our home and that our death will be our homecoming, it's still so hard. I have lost my brother and my dad and I long to see them again. And I can't wait to see my precious Jesus!

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  6. and to think that an eternity of no more tears or mourning or death awaits us is so beautiful, isn't it! in the meantime, it's so hard for us left on this side of heaven. i'm sorry for your loss today. hugs and love and lots of prayers for you and your family.

    xoxo.

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  7. I am sorry for your loss - and that your Mom wasn't there, I know you had mentioned that she wanted to be. 100 is an amazing age to reach.
    Thinking of you Xx

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  8. Tears and hugs to you blog friend.

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  9. What a celebration your Grandma is having...dancing with Jesus! Praying for you, your Mama and the rest of your family down here.

    And congrats on 1,000. I've enjoyed reading your grateful lists with each post. :)

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  10. AMEN!!! I wonder if she's met my mom... 8-) The day she died, the Lord said, "Mary Ann, she's been reunited with your father, and they're dancing up here." Wow. I send a hug to you and a loud HALLELUJAH!!! to the Lord!

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  11. As I said earlier,
    I love your very
    strong faith. I
    am still a pilgrim
    on that path of
    certainty, but oh,
    how I hope it is
    true that she's
    dancing : ) It is
    never easy to say
    good-bye, but
    when it is to some-
    one who lived a
    long and full life,
    the sting of parting
    is eased a bit.

    Praying for peace
    and sweet memories
    for your family, most
    especially your mama.

    xo Suzanne

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  12. Sorry for this separation. Glad for the promise of a reunion, someday, through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Praying comfort for your family, especially your mom. Looking forward to seeing you in a few days for a different kind of celebration.

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  13. Oh, Becky, I have tears streaming down my face. You said it so perfectly and that's what brought tears. We shy away from the word died and death and I loved how you stated it "as it is." What a reunion it will be one day when our Savior we meet! Hugs to you!

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  14. oh, friend...the parting is never easy, but it reminds us of how much of a vapor our lives truly are here on this earth...none of us are guaranteed one more breath.
    i'm SO thankful that your grandma knew Jesus and had that personal relationship with Him.
    there is no greater blessing than the Hope we have for an eternity with Him.
    xo
    hugs to you.

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  15. I am so sorry Becky....but your words themselves are delightfully healing...thinking of you and your mom....

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  16. I am so sorry Becky for the temporary separation. But oh how wonderful that it is only temporary and that when your time comes to be with Jesus, Grandma will be there with open arms to welcome you Home.

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  17. So glad that she is pain-free and reunited with her love. I hope the hole left behind can be healed until you see her again.

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  18. Sending a great big hug to not only you tonight but your Mama too. 100 ~ wow ~ that is quite a life! You hit 1000 ~ I am jumping up and down for you ~ I will miss your little counts at the bottom of your posts.... Loving the new look of the blog too ~ my goodness you have been busy doing all sorts of creating. Hugs xoxo

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  19. as soon as i saw your title i knew what you meant...i thought, "oh becky's gramma went to heaven..." Reading your post made me tear up. i lost my gram in may, we were close and it still knocks the wind out of me when i think about how much i miss her. HE is preparing a place for us...and one day we'll all be together again. love you sweet friend. you are in my prayers.

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  20. 100 is a beautiful age to leave this earth! celebrating with you and agree with every word. i hope my family will celebrate my death day like this. to be absent from this body and present with the Lord is gonna be glorious!

    michele

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  21. I especially love your last 2 paragraphs. The forevermore... Mmm, glorious! Amazing that she was 100. To see 100 years of life...wow!

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  22. So sorry for your loss, becky. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your mom today...

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  23. So sorry for your family's loss 100 years wow can't even imagine what she has lived all the amazing changes through the years. Prayers to you and your family for peace.
    Barbara

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  24. Even when you're expecting it, it's never easy/ But what a blessing to KNOW that she is in heaven- WOW! I hope your heart feels comfort from the One greeting your Grandma at the most glorious gates! I'll be praying for you and your family.

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  25. I am sorry for your breaking hearts. Praying for peace and joy to arrive...soon.

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  26. So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

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  27. Oh Becky, I'm so very sorry to hear this. But I understand your celebratory feelings about imagining your sweet gramma dancing at the party for her in heaven. ♥ Sending you love and hugs and happy prayers. :)

    xoxo laurie

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  28. I'm very sorry for your loss, and your mom's loss. Praying peace for you all.

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  29. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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  30. You really have a way with words, dear Becky. And I bet your Grandma would be proud of these words of tribute to her.
    I am sorry for your family's loss...and for your heavy hearts...my prayers are with you. But, I have to say, how wonderful it is that you choose to celebrate your grandmother's life. Life is a celebration. And going home to Heaven is too. Thank you for reminding us:)

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  31. It is so hard to lose a grandma, but what a blessing that she is with Jesus. Hugs to you and your family as you adjust to this new normal and look forward to a big reunion later. "This World is Not our Home, We're just a passing through..."

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  32. I love the promise of a forevermore! It doesn't get any better! xoxo

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  33. Sorry for you and you momma's loss.

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  34. 100 is amazing! It sounds as though your grandma lived a long happy life and she has now gone to be with the Lord for a happy eternity! Prayers for you and your family!

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  35. I'm so sorry for your loss, but what a wonderful life it sounds like she lived. Prayers for your family are being sent your way Becky.

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  36. thought about your mom a lot since her mom passed.
    grateful death doesn't have the last word...thankful she knew Jesus and is with him now.
    thankful for a hundred years here...and the impact i'm sure her life made on many around her.

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  37. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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  38. and aren't we so happy that we KNOW that we KNOW, both where your sweet grandma is and where we will one day go!

    xo

    Sonja

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  39. And we do not grieve as those who have no hope ... yet we grieve for the tearing, the blink of an eye separation before the grand eternal reunion in heaven! May the Lord bring you His peace that passes understanding and wrap you closely in His everlasting arms.

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  40. sweet hugs and prayers for you and your family, miss becky.... and especially for your mom.

    xoxo

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  41. Sending prayers to your family ♥

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