Tuesday, June 19, 2012


It's raining today.  How appropriate.  Tears from heaven matching our own.  The day spent making phone calls and food, and laying out clothing for a funeral--again.

My husband lost his beautiful mother. Our children cry for their always encouraging grandmother.  I grieve the loss of my mentor, recipe sharer, Goodwill companion, and friend. 

She was the mother of ten and the gold thread running through the tapestry of  my husband's family--the matriarch-- so full of love, laughter, independence, and a pioneer spirit.  She welcomed each and every child with welcome arms--oh how that woman loved babies! 

I hope they have yardsales in heaven.  And coffee, and the latest craft project, and wild cardgames that include good-natured name calling and swear words. 

I know for certain that the first thing she did upon arriving in heaven was to run and hug her husband, daughter, son, granddaughter, great-grandson, and of course, our sweet Joe. 

I imagine Joe giving her a great big bear hug and saying, "Hi Grandma!  I've been waiting for you!  I can't wait to talk all about the Mariner's and Ken Griffey Jr. and Ichiro!   And I hope you'll make some homemade noodles, cookies, and cinnamon rolls?"

And of course she will.  Because she always did.  And after all, it's heaven. 

"Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us.  They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives."  ~  Author Unknown


PattiLynn said...

I'm so sorry to read the news your family lost your beloved matriarch of the family.

It's tough to bear, I know. How very fortunate you all are to have had such a loving, fun, kind, strong woman to love and enjoy for so many years. She's enjoying a joyous reunion and the best heaven has to offer.

{{{hugs}}} from PattiLynn

Anonymous said...

I don't know you Ann, but tears came to my eyes as I read your tribute to your mother-in-law. The description reminded me so much of my grandmother. And in the last photograph I found myself wondering, "do all grandma's kitchens look the same?" I felt like I could have been the little one in the picture 'helping' my grandma with the cookies. Such a blessing to have so many beautiful memories and so much love.

Sammy said...

What a sweet write up! I'm sure she is happy up there!

Anonymous said...

So very sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with your family. Let me know if you need anything at all. Coll

thecurryseven said...

I'm so sorry, Ann. Losing a special mother-in-law is really hard. I still grieve the loss of mine.


Lisa said...

So very sorry for your family's loss:( But very glad that she's being reunited with so many loved ones, especially Joe. We pray for your family's healing and comfort.