Monday, July 23, 2012

flowers for granny

on july 2nd my grandmom passed away after a hard battle with parkinson's disease and dementia. this is one of my most treasured pictures of granny.






i took it when i was a teen during one of our many sleepovers. my brother, sister and i absolutely loved spending time with our grandmom. we'd sleep at granny's house or she'd stay at ours. i'd get so excited for those sleepovers - i can remember running home from the bus stop to see her with such a thrill in me, i'd squeal!

my grandmom would sit with us for hours, telling us stories and listening to ours. she'd always have a song or show tune for everything we talked about. i loved it when she broke out into a song and dance. those happy memories will always be with me. i'm so grateful for all those times we had together. rarely a day goes by where i'm not reminded of my sweet granny.

on the day she passed, i went into my garden and saw two white butterflies playing. a rush of peace came over me as i imagined my grandmother reuniting with those who went before her.

my mother has some beautiful old photos of my grandmother that i wanted to share, but i'm having difficulties scanning them. instead i thought i'd share some photos from my flower garden, since my granny loved flowers and even had a garden of her own.









     
"each soul is a beautiful flower that passes from this earth, 
only to bloom again in heaven's garden..."

28 comments:

  1. I'm very sorry to hear about your loss but i'm sure she's watching over you and loves the beautiful garden and flowers you planted for her.

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  2. i'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm glad you found peace in your garden:)

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    1. thank you. i find peace there everyday. we've had all kinds of butterfly visitors and even some small bright colored red and yellow birds i've never seen before!

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  3. I'm so very sorry, Kelli. I'm sure your Grandmother is watching from above, and she must love your floral tribute to her.

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    1. thank you granny. she doesn't feel very far away.

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  4. Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy!

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    1. a kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you?=)

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  5. What a beautiful post Kell! I know your Granny is looking down at you with a huge smile!

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    1. thanks missy. i feel as if she really is.

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  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. What wonderful memories you have.

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  7. Your grandmother was definitely a person who brought much sunlight into this world! I know how dearly I loved my own granny and was very sad when she was gone.

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    1. thank you malle. she sure was. i'm sure your grandmother was too. xoxox

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  8. Granny sounds like shecwas an amazing person. I'm sorry for your loss, sending you love.

    My neighbor across the street passed a few weeks ago from the same thing. Her husband and a nurse took care of her at home. I saw how hard those diseases can be. I hope her and granny are with their loved ones, in a better place now.

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    1. thank you lauren. i imagine her with her daughter kathy that passed at the tender age of 16 and her husband she lost over 30 years ago, and i know they'll all be there to greet me when it's my turn.=)

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  9. So sorry for your loss. A relative of mine suffered fro
    The same illness and it was very cruel. But she still knew she was lived as I am hope your granny did too.

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    1. thank you aimee. it is cruel to suffer like that. it motivates me to take the best care of my body that i can. i told my granny i loved her every time i saw her and since i was a girl gave her not one but two kisses whenever we parted. she was my favorite and she knew it.=)

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  10. Oh Kelli, I feel your loss deeply as I recently lost my lovely mother-in-law to Alzheimer's and just lost my only sister in May. SO very difficult isn't it? Kind words from others meant so much to me and I hope you can get through this time thinking positive, lovely thoughts of the life you had with her. She is beautiful, like you!
    Peace and Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

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    1. Kelli, we were so lucky to have Granny! She love her grandchildren so much. She was so kind and we could do no wrong in her eyes. My heart aches! She was always so proud of all of us. My life without her is not the same but, I do still feel her love and have so many happy and funny memories. She will be in my heart forever..

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    2. thank you elizabeth. it's so bittersweet because i know she's not suffering anymore but i do miss her and my family does too. your kind words warmed my heart and put a big smile on my face, just when i needed it! xoxoxo

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    3. anony, we sure were! and she was especially lucky to have you. you took such wonderful care of her and were there for her up until her last breath. i'm sure you made her passing less scary and that we'll all be together again someday. all i have to do is close my eyes and i see granny smiling.=)

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  11. I'm so sorry for your loss, Kelli. I feel the love here though, from her, from you...what wonderful memories you have of her. Peace and love to you and your family.

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  12. God bless you child. we can pray for your grand mother to live in paradise. your garden flower is charming. keep your smile as your flower.

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