on february 5th, john's grandmother lena passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones. she would have been 89 today. lena loved her family, dancing, chinese food, and the bachelor.=) she had a very difficult life, but you would never have known. she always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. lena will live in the hearts of all who loved her.
today i turned 32. when i told lena how old i was going to be she said oh, you're just a baby! our perception of age is all relative, i guess. from the start, lena treated me like one of her own grand daughters. she was so happy to learn we shared a birthday and told everyone, more than once. it became a joke amongst the family - "do you know kelli and grandmom have the same birthday?"=)
lena was so generous and loving. she would sit for hours and watch her great-grandbabies with a smile on her face. she thought everything was amazing and 'beauty-ful' and truly knew how to enjoy the little things. when writing the eulogy for his beloved gram, john learned that lena's full name, angelina means 'little angel' in italian. the perfect name for such an angelic soul.
happy birthday, sweet lena. until next time...