It's been a little while since I last posted, unfortunately I lost my Grandmother over a week ago, and was busy with the events that came with her passing. But from the combination of this loss and the coming Holiday, I had some time to reflect on what I am truly thankful for....
In life, we enjoy the presence of some very special people. People who help develop who we are. not through their directions or orders, but through their example. My Grandmother was and is still that person in my life. We hear that "you never know how important a person is until they are gone", but I know that my family was well aware of how important our Grandmother was when she was here. This Thanksgiving we celebrate without her here, but at the same time we know her spirit is with us. There are so many moments in my life that Grandma was there.
As a child, she would often babysit me and my siblings. We looked forward to spending time with her, hearing her stories about cousins from far away, looking at her pictures, enjoying her delicious cookies (she was the best cook I will ever know!) and her hugs. She would let us play as we wished, and if we accidentally broke something, she would forget it, as she was mostly happy that we were there with her.
As a dairy farmer's wife, she knew all too well the struggles that would face me as I told her that I was planning to return home to farm with my husband, a few years ago. She shared so much wisdom about making sure that we always remembered the most important things in life: God and family. She shared how proud she was of me to be working so hard to produce a wholesome food for the people of the world. Dairy farming is a noble profession, and she knew that. I wasn't wasting my college education, I was working to do something great; she knew that.
She had faith and passion for her God. Grandma was always praying for her kids, grand kids and friends. If there was something in life we needed help with, we would ask Grandma to pray for us, and she always did. Just knowing that she was praying offered us so much encouragement and confidence. She attended church almost everyday with my Grandpa. She enjoyed 63 years of marriage and 92 years of life, surrounded by the people that loved her most. She stood as a role model for all of us to be humble, modest, honest, prayerful, loving, caring, and responsible. I can honestly say that there are so many lessons in life that I learned just from looking up to Grandma, and how she would have handled them. I joked with my sisters last week, that we need to ask ourselves, "What would Grandma Do?" whenever we were challenged in life; hoping to become better people, more like her. So this Thanksgiving, I am truly thankful to have known a person as wonderful as my Grandmother, she will be missed, but she will also always be with us....God Bless You Grandma!