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Love Bird

I am not close to my maternal grandmother. In fact, I don’t think I would recognize her if our paths crossed in the grocery store – that side of my family is so detached. My paternal grandmother and I were closer, although she died when I was young due to complications from a life time of alcoholism. Rather than live a grandparent-free life, I adopted two. My Oma, who I will write about soon, and Grandma Jema. Grandma Jema, also known as Grams, was the grandmother to my friend and peer, J. J’s mom was my mother’s best friend and his father was my dad’s coworker. Our families literally grew up together. Everywhere my dad was transferred, this family was also transferred. Over the years Grandma Jema assumed the role of grandmother in my life.

On Monday I received sad news – Jema was in the hospital with heart problems. Yesterday I received a grim update. She had been discharged, just to return to the hospital a day later. Her heart is failing and her lungs and kidneys are in question. In the e-mail her daughter said, “Mom is a strong, faithful woman. She is ready to see the Lord…..till then, we will continue to care and love her until He is ready for her.”

We should all be so lucky to live so long, have such loving family to care for us and to have such a great sense of peace about the end of your life. I’m terribly sad that I cannot jump in the car and drive home to sit with her. If it were not for the retrieval on Saturday I would. Instead, I made Grandma Jema a Love Bird last night using this tutorial.

I hope this little bird helps show sweet Jema the way.

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  1. February 10, 2012

    This is beautiful. I will keep her, her family and you in loving light.

  2. February 10, 2012

    ❤ This post brought tears to my eyes.

  3. February 10, 2012

    Oh Belle.. that is so precious…
    Sending love and light to you and her family…

  4. 35life #
    February 10, 2012

    I think there is something so powerful in the timing of all this. I think Jema’s going to see to it that you have a great retrieval. The bird is adorable!

    • February 10, 2012

      You know, I had this thought myself. Is Jema going to pick my baby for me? I would trust very few with that task. I know she would choose perfectly. And now my crazy estrogen self is crying again. These are tough times for eye makeup!

    • February 11, 2012

      Sometimes I wish you could ‘like’ comments on WP like you can on FB because I love this thought! **hugs**

      Oh, and that bird is really cute!

  5. February 17, 2012

    Sorry for the sad news about your grandma. Keeping you and all of her family in my thoughts.
    The love bird is sweet and the pattern looks simple!

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