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It has been a busy month around here.  My husband’s sweet grandmother passed away at the end of October.   We spent many hours there with her and my mother-in-law in those last weeks.  It was a blessing for all of us, although biter sweet to watch this process with Great Grandma Bryan (GGB).  She went to be with the Lord, and is greatly missed!

Beautiful woman inside and out!

Loved being near GGB! This is not a great picture, but you can still see the love that she has for all of these kiddos. Shiloh, front and center where it seems she often landed.

All of us seem to be getting back to daily life, however there is something so odd/sorrowful about knowing that someone is no longer here on this earth.  Although we didn’t necessarily talk to her each and every day, we knew she was with us.  We knew she was just a phone call away.  It has been tough at times on the kids especially.  My sweet Caleb is probably my most sensitive kiddo.   He feels emotion very strongly whether that be joy or sadness.  Unfortunately even at his young age, he has learned to mask the sorrow a bit.  But, I can still see it in his eyes.  He misses her greatly.  Rachel, is the most vocal about her longing for Great grandma.  They were very close.  I am not sure what it was for sure, but I think they had a bit of similar personalities and a bit of the same fire to them.  Grandma would marvel at Rachel’s strength, and fortitude in dealing with all the challenges that faced her, and Rachel delighted that GGB was not ever too busy to hear a story or funny thing from her week.  Rachel so very often take that extra moment to stop playing and spend some time talking, laughing, or telling Great grandma special secrets.  It really was precious to watch those two.  Nathan, (while he will probably have the best memory of GGB),  has handled the passing of her very well.  It has been neat to watch him cherish the special times with her, and take time to reflect on ways that she touched his life.  Poor Shiloh, at 4 and being the youngest will probably have little memory of GGB.  (Like Rachel of my mom being just 4 when she passed.)  Grandma dotted on her something precious.  She felt like she could brag on her a bit more than the rest too because she didn’t share the same genes.  Shiloh knew she was loved by GGB.

Caleb loving on GGB.

Delightful smiles!


Not a great picture of Shiloh (she was tired and knew a special spot to go and receive love and rest was on GGB) but GGB was more than delighted with Shiloh!



Thanksgiving was a little quiet this year.  It always amazes me that one person can make such a difference, but as all of us are deeply aware…that is the truth of life.  We missed GGB’s sweet way about her.  Her having time to love, listen and delight in each of us.  She was good at that!  Christmas will be much the same.  Quiet, and with a hole missing in our hearts and family celebrations.  However, knowing that Grandma is in Heaven…how can we be anything but thrilled for her, albeit quite sad for ourselves.

We will make new memories, and share new life experiences.  Holding on to the joy, love and encouraging spirit that we received from GGB’s life and presence.

So as November is passed and December is almost upon us~ Live, Love and Cherish those near to you!


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