Thursday, July 5, 2012

lived well

I am still not quite believing that today we buried my beautiful, wise, strong, kind grandma- just nine days after my grandfather's funeral.  The only cause of death we have been given is of a broken heart.

This time feels more tender, more final- when Grandpa passed there was still Grandma to love.  And yet we are gratefully aware of God's mercy.  They had been married for sixty-seven years; she was only a widow for nine days.

They lived such a simple life- in their closets hang so few clothes, many made by my Grandma.  My grandfather made most of their furniture, most of their drawers are empty.  The only room that is full is the kitchen, where my Grandma performed her magic, and the study where she kept her books.  She had a fancy sewing machine.  They both had only an eighth grade education.

When they moved from the farm 17 years ago my grandpa built her her dream house- she had a pink kitchen, in fact nearly every room in the house is in some way pink.  Frilly curtains hang from the windows.  They designed it with family gatherings in mind, so that all the dozens of us could fit comfortably around tables, with a long, narrow closet off the dining room to store folding tables.

They grew up poor and were poor most of their life, and yet how rich they were!  They were rich in faith, rich in love for each other and for people, rich in good works, and died without regrets.

She lived her one wild and precious life well.  Very, very well.


Brandee Shafer said...

I am so sorry for your loss and touched by several things about this post. When I read about the pink I thought about my husband...not that I'm into pink, but I'm into flower-power floral, and all the colors and florals don't bother my husband at all. He's happy that I'm happy. He's glad I'm not into b&w. I love, too, the sparse nature of your grandparents' lifestyle. My grandmas kept many things, and going through them presented a challenge. I love that your grandma did are. I love how much she loved your grandad. I pray God's comfort upon your heart, Jessica. They will continue to live on in you.

Thoughts for the day said...

So sad and so sorry for you.
Sounds like she loved well and lived good.
Blessings to you and yours.

Seven From Heaven said...

So sad Jess, they touched so many lives. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Corinne said...

I'm so sorry.

a soulful life said...

What beautiful memories you have shared here. I love the picture I have in my mind of your Grandmother's pink rooms, frilly curtains, simple homemade clothes and furniture:)
What a beautiful legacy of memories.
My Grandfather died one month after my Grandmother after 56 years of marriage. We new it was because he couldn't be without her.

Rebecca said...

I found your blog...someone shared your very sad post about the homeschool convention you attended...and then I read this after I read about your Grandfather - I am so sorry for your heart hurts and your losses! I pray our Heavenly Father overwhelms your heart and your loved ones...with His love. Yes, we are to love one another, not cause division. Al of your posts are so beautifully written! What a blessing to find you...and so moved by how you share your heart. Blessings,Rebecca