Saying Goodbye

This Christmas will be different than I expected.  My sweet grandmother passed away yesterday at the age of 97.

I like to keep things light here on the blog, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to write a post for her.  The last few years have been difficult, watching my grandma slowly deteriorate from the vibrant woman that she always was.  And seeing her for the last time on Saturday, in this incredibly fragile state, was absolutely heartbreaking.  But I am so very thankful that I decided to come home a few days early and was able to get here to spend some time with her and say goodbye.

Because of the timing, we won’t be burying her until after the holiday.  To say this Christmas will be difficult is an understatement, but I hope that we can at least enjoy the time we have with our family.  I know that’s what she would have wanted.  I plan to make a batch of snowball cookies with my mom in her honor, and even tint them red and green like she always did.

me and grandma

This is one of my favorite pictures of me with my grandma and grandpa.  While I hate that she has left this world, I am so happy that she’s now with my grandpa, in a place where there is no more pain and where they can be together again.

So hug your loved ones a little bit tighter this holiday.  And enjoy every second that you get to spend with them.

Rest in peace grandma.  We love you.