Friday, November 25, 2011

Goodbye Grandma

It is never easy to lose a loved one.  Yesterday, my grandmother passed away.  In many ways, I am rejoicing.  She is with God now, and with my grandpa.  She is no longer in pain, and can run around and enjoy the blessings of heaven and all its glory.

However, still there is sadness.  For me, it is a unique sadness.   You see, my relationship with my grandmother is hard to describe.  She loved me, and I loved her.  That is true.  It is also true that we really did not know each other well.  You see, she lived in Wisconsin, and due to the realities of my youth (too long to go into), I did not see her often.  As a matter of fact, it was not until I was in college that I really spent any time with her and Grandpa.

In college, I got involved in student affairs as an RA then an RD.   Each year, there is a large professional recruitment conference in Osh Kosh Wisconsin.   So, I started attending each year.   It was during these trips that I was able to extend my days so that I could spend time with my grandparents.      Her and grandpa surprised me by showing up to my college graduation when I received my masters degree at OSU.  I was thrilled they were there, and was humbled by how proud they were.   They were hard working, honest, simple, loving people.   My grandmother knew how to take care of her family and loved to do so... One of the ways she showed her love was through letters.  She was great at writing letters.  I remember once during college the shock I had when I checked my email and had an email from my Grandma!!  She was using her neighbors computer, and it made her so nervous, she wrote out the letter by hand first, then went over and typed it word for word.   :)  Another way she showed her love was through cooking.   She loved to have her family at her home and cooked large meals to celebrate.  Her and grandma were also well known for their candy they made every holiday season.    

I am sad that she is gone from this earth.  I am sad that we did not see each other often.  I am sad she never met my children,  (she even shares a birthday with Allison).   And I am thankful she is with God and grandpa and that some day we will meet again.  

Rest in peace, Grandma.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Top 5 Things to be Thankful For

November is a busy month.  It always seems like it flies by, and I am not sure where the time has gone.  However, I always try to focus on being thankful during November.    Really, this should be my focus year round, and November is just at time to remind me of that and give me a boost. ;)  

So, in that spirit... here are the 6  things I am most thankful for...  and this is not in order... :)

1.  My husband.   I knew when I married him that he is the love of my life, and that with him, I am better and stronger.  What I did not know was how amazing our life would be and how each day I would grow to love him more.

2.  My children.  Allie.  Shannon.   There are not words to describe how I feel about them.   Just last night I was watching them sleep and was overcome by wonder.. these two amazing creatures that He has entrusted to me (and Kyle) to raise so that they may be a blessing to others in this world.  Awesome.  And, each day, they make me proud to be a part of their life now and in the future.

3.  Basic needs.  I am so very thankful for the fact that I do not have to worry about the things in life that we need to survive.   Too many people have to worry about food, clothing, homes, safety... and I remember times growing up where it was a struggle.  I feel blessed to be in a position to share and give to others now.

4.  My family.  We are not a picture perfect family.  we are spread all over.   And, we are family.  

5.  Friends.   I know that there are those in my life who have left an imprint greater than they will ever know, helping to shape me into the person I am today and will be tomorrow. 

6.  God.  I did not grow up knowing Him, or His love for me.   It was not a huge topic in my life, yet I always knew something was missing.  today, I am thankful for my faith and for the grace that we have because of God and His Son.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Progression of Healing.... or not Healing..

So, what began with just ice and rest ..

moved on to some myo-fascial release (stretching and exercising), using these torture elements....

Then, to add to that, I began taping my foot to look like this....

And then, I added these lovely shoes....  Yes, Birks are back!!

And Finally, I have even added this sexy thing!!

Seriously, what is left???