Today The Pastor celebrated the life of his Mom with family and friends. I know it was a joyful celebration of her life and an expression of how much she will be missed by many people. Today the children and I, still back at home, spent the day at the zoo with my dear friend and their stand-in Grandma. Stand-in Grandmas are a gift from God, I’m quite sure.
I must share some of the very sweet thoughts that my kids have shared over the past few days about their Grandma’s passing. One of them asked God that Grandma would be better so that she can be with God so that she can come back. Obviously a bit of confusion there still but his thoughts were so sweet. Another said to his Grandpa when talking to him on Skype, “I’m so sorry Grandpa about Grandma. And I’m sorry for me too.” And today one of them said, “I always knew Grandma mostly wanted to be with God.” God has blessed all of them with a gracious acceptance of what has happened to their Grandma and they are happy that she is not suffering anymore.
My Mom, their other Grandma, lives in California and we only get to see her and Grandpa maybe once or twice a year.
This is Karen. I’ve been begging to take Karen’s picture for months because she is just absolutely a beautiful woman inside and out and it radiates where ever she goes, and today I finally got the chance!
Karen is one of the most fun and free spirited people I think I know. After our delightful day at the zoo today my oldest son remarked, “She and Grandma O. need to meet. They are so much alike. I picture them meeting and getting along great. They are almost the same age and so energetic!” And he’s exactly right.
They would get along swimmingly.
Mom, you will never, ever be replaced but I know you would approve of your stand-in!
Karen treated us to an awesome day at the zoo. Here are some of the more spectacular things we saw when we were there today…
Gotta love the tongue sticking out!