My Grandma

 My heart is heavy as I am thinking of the seat that was empty at this year’s family Easter dinner. My dear sweet Grandmother, Lucy, was not with us this year. Last year, we gathered together to celebrate not only Christ’s resurrection, but also her birthday. We were fairly certain that with her age and failing health, it would probably be the last Easter together. Today, marks a year since we lost my grandma. Our prayers were indeed answered and grandma was healed, just not in the way we would have hoped. Grandma is in heaven today with a glorified body, singing praises to the Lord.

When I think of Grandma Lucy, my mind is absolutely flooded with memories. The scripture that comes to mind would definitely be Proverbs 31:10-31. Lucy was a loving wife to Herschel for 43 years, before he went to be with the Lord. Grandma was always busy, between working around the house, farm and community, not to mention her beauty shop that she had at the house. This enabled her to work without missing out on the lives of her children and, later on, grandchildren. In fact, Grandma worked as a beautician for almost 70 years. I know that she loved working in the shop. One Easter, I recall, mainly through stories and pictures, that I wanted to be just like my Grandma, so I went out to the beauty shop and cut my own hair. My long flowing blond locks were replaced with a short bob in a matter of a couple snips.

Besides the beauty shop, Grandma also kept busy in her amazing garden. I have vivid memories of hot summer days in Grandma’s kitchen, in the days before air conditioning, helping to can tomato juice. I can still smell the cooking tomatoes as I type this.

Proverbs 31:20 says “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” This was Grandma to a tee. She helped out many in surrounding communities, as well as, her own family. Grandma touched many more lives than I probably even realize. She had a way a seeing the needs of others and finding a way to meet those needs.

The next thing that reminds me of Grandma Lucy in Proverbs 31 would be “She makes coverings for her bed” (Proverbs. 31:22). Grandma claimed that she couldn’t sew and yet she made coverlets not only for her family members, but also for others. Yesterday, the great-granddaughters all got to select a coverlet that Grandma had made. It was neat to see the girls all select their coverlets, but hard to not have Grandma there to give them out to the girls. I am certain that they will each treasure it always.

My Grandma was certainly not one to “eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:27). She seemed to accomplish more before lunch time than most of us accomplished the entire day. Even with her advancing age, it didn’t slow her down much at all. She was definitely a mover.

Grandma Lucy raised 5 children, which really hits me personally with my 5 kiddos. She had 12 grandkids and 21 great-grandchildren. Without a doubt, they would all claim to her blessedness. Her strong faith was something that she lived out loud each and every day. To say that Grandma left a legacy would be an understatement. Her legacy reached beyond the bounds of our family into surrounding communities. She touched so many people’s lives with the love of Christ evident in her daily walk and actions. My grandmother lived out the Proverbs 31 woman like no one else I have ever known. I long to lead that kind of life and example for my children.

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3 thoughts on “My Grandma

  1. O2BAP31 – I’ve often said to my teen class at church and others I’d like to have a license plate that read this on it. Why? – because I’d like to be a Proverbs 31 woman, like Grandma. “Oh to be a Proverbs 31 woman” You spoke so honestly and truthfully about her – she was a witness, example, and compassionate woman. She was one person who seemed to reach out to those around her in a genuine way, without needing to think about it, plan it, or fake it. She meant it when she encouraged you, complimented you, scolded you (ha), or loved you. She was and always will be someone that you look up to and want to be like in many ways. She also was a hard worker – early to rise, late to bed – giving everything she had to her family, friends, and community.
    She was with us yesterday. It is awesome to have such a large family that still makes an effort to be together and to continue on with the family traditions. Thanks Jamy and Mitch for hosting us so we could celebrate. Thanks to Aunt Kay and others for the balloon lift off – I’m sure Grandma received our many messages of love as we let them go and drifted them to the heavenly home where she watches down on us. 🙂

  2. I came across your site via Melissa’s blog then I saw the one about your grandma, it was beautiful. My grandma was a home body as well as crocheted and other nick nac stuff, and everyone just loved them. She had 5 children, although one went home early to be with God, 7 grand children 5 boys 2 girls and countless ( cuz I lost count great grand children. And she loved us all. No matter how long shes been away I have never forgotten her and I pray you never let her memory fade for you as well. There’s a lot we learn from them we may not even know.

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