Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In His presence

A few days before we left for Colorado last month, we received a call from Eric's mom that his grandma had suffered a series of mini-strokes. She has also had on-going heart and kidney issues, and it seemed that the toll of all of these conditions combined was showing her days on earth to be very numbered.

Updates we received at the cabin caused Eric to question if he should fly home to Michigan to see his grandma one last time. After much prayer, agony, and discussion, Eric decided to make the long drive by himself at the end of our trip. He spent less than 24 hours in his hometown, but had some sweet moments with his grandma and other family members. Since that time, we've been expecting the news we received yesterday: Eric's grandma is now safely Home. We rejoice that she is with our Savior, and that she is no longer suffering from physical ailments.

Here are a couple of our favorite photos taken with Grandma K:

I love this pose of her laughing with young Nathan.
We were married on Grandma and Grandpa's 59th (!) wedding anniversary, so it was only fitting that they joined us in cutting the cake.
Anyone who knew Grandma K knew that Scrabble was her favorite game. She even played avidly on Facebook! I couldn't resist making her this message board which I showed her via the wonders of Skype. She was a wonderful lady!
We'll be leaving later this week for a quick trip to Michigan, so I'll be back in touch next week.


Mom said...

A special lady indeed! Farewells are hard, and we're thinking of all of Grandma K's family during this time of loss. What a comfort to know she has "graduated" to her heavenly home and that you'll see her again someday! Love and prayers, Mom

kelseylynae said...

Sounds like she had quite a legacy. As difficult emotionally as funerals are, I pray that this would be a special time with family.

Wendi said...

Sorry for your loss. I hope you and Eric's family find comfort in the fact that she is with our Heavenly Father. Be safe on your journey!

Carrie said...

Will pray for safe travels! This is not an easy thing to say goodbye to someone that you love! Makes you feel blessed to have the pictures and the memories.

As Kelsey said - will also pray that this would be a special time with family!

Katie said...

Special prayers of comfort for Eric and all of your family at this time. Rejoicing with you that she is in His presence!! (Love her taste in games!) I will be praying for safe and uncomplicated travels and that the Lord would surround all of you with sweet memories and His amazing love. Blessings, Katie

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but what a comfort to know that heaven is her final destination. Safe travels!

Emily said...

Love the laughing photo with Nathan! Safe travels to you. See you soon!

Kendra said...

Great pics and great post! Looking forward to being with you soon to celebrate Grandma's life.

Pamela said...

It's always so wonderful when a loved one leaves us to know they are in heaven. I hope to live my life so there will be no question where I'll spend eternity.

I put you on my prayer list for a safe trip.