Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Grateful for Family

Since receiving the news that my Grandma Findlay passed away on Saturday, I have been reflecting on her life and our relationship. I am grateful that I was able to visit with her and my grandfather over the holidays, when she seemed as strong as ever. With my grandfather currently recuperating from surgery in a care center, she was dissatisfied that there wasn't a better place to go for a walk. "I wish I could do some digging in my garden!" was her sentiment. At 89 years of age, she was still going strong. I have many, many good memories of times together over the years, and will deeply miss her chuckle as I share with her my latest adventures. Recently, we enjoyed trading stories about swimming, since she had done that regularly for many years. Always, I knew she cared for me and wished for my continued happiness and well-being. She had an unbending sense of integrity that I hope I can emulate, and a tough and hard-working spirit that was also a great example to me. She had her share of struggles in life yet continued onward with hope and determination. I will miss her greatly.

4 comments:

Shane and Becca said...

Thanks for your thoughts. I feel the same sense of gratitude and sadness, too. Can't wait to see you.

Scott K. Johnson said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lyrehca said...

My sympathies for your loss.

denise said...

So sorry for your loss.