Sunday, June 29, 2008
My Grandma died this week...why I haven't been blogging. I am going to miss her so much. Here's a picture of her with my parents, brothers, sisters, and my family:

Here's my tribute to her (that's me in the front next to her and holding my daughter on my lap):

1. She could make any plant grow.
2. Her favorite thing I could do for her was to bring her jars of home canned grape juice.
3. She was a little paranoid, but in a funny way. I remember my brother telling me that she thought her neighbors were stealing her water because their sprinklers came on the same time as hers. She said she had proof and my brother told her to go get it and he would call the police right away. I don't think she reacted very well to that.
4. The thing I remember her saying the most was "For hell's sake!"
5. She could only take so much of the great grandkids but always had old ribbon candy to feed them.
6. On her very worst of days, a baby could make her smile.
7. When she was at her funniest, you would laugh so hard you cried and probably peed your pants too.
8. If you could take her picture, you were fortunate because she did not like having her picture taken. Here's a picture I found, taken at her house of my uncle and aunt and a few cousins and there's my granny hiding her face!

9. I inherited her coffee stained organ a few years ago and it's a prized possession of mine.
10. She would have you go to get her a Kentucky fried chicken meal and give you a dozen directions about how it needed to look like the meal on the poster outside the chicken joint and it was your duty to let the cashier know she wouldn't pay for it if it didn't.
11. She probably owned 100 boxes of fabric that she had bought over the years.
12. No one was allowed to go in her basement or most of the rooms in her house for that matter because it was full of her "precious things" that she had collected for years and stacked to the ceiling.
13. She was an expert seamstress and knitter.
14. Her house smelled like grandma's house.
15. She loved the scriptures.
16. She loved thrift stores and garage sales and her wedding present to me was a desk she got at a thrift store for $15.
17. When my cousin and I visited her as teenagers, she rented horror movies for us and let us wear her bright red lipstick.
18. She loved the Utah Jazz and if you called her when she was watching a game on TV, she'd tell you she couldn't talk and probably hang up!
19. I have her hands...amazing how genetics works.
20. She may have been 88 years old but she was more proficient on the computer than most younger people. I loved getting emails from her.

No free templates today. :)


Kerilee Law said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

fl_connie said...

((Hugs)) Amdrea - I know that you will miss her.

Nancy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Grandma sounds like a very special lady who will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family and you deal with your grief. God bless!

Sharon Kay said...

{{hugs}} So sorry to hear about your grandma.

No Reimer Reason said...

I am sorry to hear about your grandma. I think your posted tribute to her was very sweet.

Christy said...

Oh Andrea, I'm so sorry hun. If you need anything you know I'm just a holler away. Hugs to you and your family.

Church said...

My heart is with you. I know that scrapping can actually help you work through this and I'm sure that you will create something your Grandma would have loved as an even bigger tribute to her.

Ann said...

I am sorry to know such sad fact. My heart and prayers are with you. Without any doubt, your gradma was a very special person, of course you will miss her a lot, but you know she is full of live in your memories. Your tribute to her has been wonderful, if she could read it she would be very very proud of you.Hugs for YOU and all your family

Myxi said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Andrea, I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Kari °O° said...

Oh Andrea, I'm so sorry for your loss. You & your family ar ein my thoughts & prayers.

Bethany said...

Oh Andrea, I'm am sorry for your loss, your list is a wonderful tribute! This is something I am not looking forward to as my own grandma is 91.
She sounds like a women full of spunk, and love, and creativity, I see where you get it from!

LVMommy22 said...

i love the tribute to your gran! she sounds like a wonderful, feisty woman who was full of life and spirit. i know she will be missed and that she left many great memories for family and friends. hugs and prayers!
:) M

Erica said...

What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Erin said...

Aw, I'm sorry Andrea. Grandmas are so special and it hurts to lose them. Looks like you have some great memories.

Jody said...

You certainly knew and loved your Granny! I loved reading your tribute.

I know you will miss her very much. My prayers are with you and your family. Hugs for everyone.

Jill said...

I am sorry that your grandma died, but it sounds like you have some great memories.

Lee Anne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing loved ones is never easy but you have left a beautiful tribute to her here. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Many condolences on the loss of your grandma.

Michelle said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Stephanie (schock77) said...

Andrea- I'm so sorry for your loss. Its wonderful though that you have so many great memories of her to cherish. Hugs!

Holly said...

Hi Andrea, I enjoyed learning more about your grandma through the memories you shared! One day I hop those make it into a layout so you can capture for you and your family forever! Wish you many hugs during the next few weeks...

Take care,

kate said...

I'm sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was an amazing woman!

Anonymous said...

We all love and care for you!

Mimi said...

What a wonderful tribute. :) HUGS

Tink said...

My condolances to you and your family. Looks like you have plenty of lovely memories of her (and some pictures too).

kkidsmom said...

What an amazing tribute!! Even your loss, it's amazing that you could find such fun memories to bring a smile!! Thank you so much for sharing these memories with us--you and your family are in my prayers!

Suzette said...

I am so sorry for your loss Andrea. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

ta said...

My sincerest condolences to you and to your family on the loss of your grandma...

Caroline said...

so sorry to hear of your loss... I love your tribute to her :) Take Care

Scrapping Mom of 5 said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It was a wonderful tribute. I think the KFC one was my favorite. It reminded me of my own grandmother who I lost years ago.

Barbwire said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Hold your memories for she will live on in them.
"Remember me in the family name, my days, my strife; Then I will ride upon the Wings Of Time and live an endless life." Goetsch
I love this quote and thought you may like it.

JulieBee in Iowa said...

Dear Andrea,
I read your post about losing your Grandma and am sorry for your loss. I love your list of what you remember about her. It's wonderful and honest - not full of flowery, only the angelic stuff. You remember her as a real person. I hope many more memories are brought up as you all reminisce about her and your list grows even longer.
God bless you. Hugs. JulieBee

Tracy said...

I am so sorry for your loss - she sounds like a great lady.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

lwlittlebit said...

What a wonderful tribute you wrote! I'm sorry for your loss.
I know she'll live on in your heart.
(((HUGS))) Linda

shawnyrvr said...

So sorry for your loss Andrea!!! She sounds like she was a lovely lady to have been so close to. I remember when my grandmother passed away when I was 22 and she was 72. It was very hard for me. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love & Blessings! Shawna

Robyn said...

I loved reading your tribute to your grandmother. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Sending hugs...

vw bug said...

I am very sorry to hear of your loss.

Tasha said...

I am so sorry for your loss. When someone is part of your whole life, it is hard when they leave you behind. My grandmother turned 90 in April, then her boyfriend of 20 years died within a month (She had already outlived 5 husbands before him) and in less than a month she fell and broke her hip. She had an operation and now a walker, but she can't remember that she needs to use it, so it is full time care now. Her home is full of stuff I wish I knew what it meant. She was a treasure to me and I can tell your Grandmom was a treasure to you and she was lucky to have someone who loved her so much. Hugs and Thanks for all of your wonderful templates. We homeschool and this will be really neat for my daughter too. I have just started catching up, so I hope I can finish before you delete them.
Good luck with handling all the treasures in her home. I am overwhelmed and having trouble finding the pearls (photos, writing) among the stuff.
Best Wishes, Tasha

Tasha said...

Andrea please disregard the comment about keeping your templates available, I got confused with something else. I know that you always leave yours up a little while and move on. I am using google reader and I sorted it a new way and combined with a migraine starting I wasn't thinking quite right. You have always made lovely templates. Thank you for all that you have shared with me. I was visiting a blog that had thematic geographic templates ie cities, states and that was what that reference was about. Hugs and Best Wishes,

CrazyMommy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. ((Hugs))

IkeaGoddess said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Andrea. I love the special things you wrote down about her.

grambie said...

So sorry to hear about your grandmother, but oh the joy of knowing such a woman is a legacy to cherish. Love your ode to her in all its splendor. You are richer indeed for having such a strong and faithful woman in your love. She will be missed, but her memories will linger on and on. (So sorry to be so late, but I was recently discharged again from the hospital and could not type because of the weakness.) My prayers are with you and yours continuously. Leavin LUV! XOXOXO

Anonymous said...

Another great template! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Grandma sounds like a wonderful person. My heart felt prayers and thoughts are with your family. God Bless all of you! Sammie

Anonymous said...


I am sad for you. I lost both of my Grandparents, 54 days apart this winter. They were married 63 years and just didn't want to be the way I tell it. You are blessed to have had her for so long. I hope you know you will see her again.

Amy in MI

Julie P. aka babyofmine said...

Oh, hon. I'm sorry for your loss. I loved reading your tribute. #12 made me laugh and laugh, because I think I'm going to end up like that. :)

Janeal said...

I am so sorry for your loss. That must be so hard. I was reading your list about what you remember about her and it touched me so much. You have got to do a page with these just for yourself , if not you might forget some of these.

I have lost all my grandparents while I was very young and I wish I could remember these types of things.

You are very fortunate to have gotten to know her and I know that makes it harder when you love someone like that. I am so sorry and I hope your grief will not burden you too much. Just remember what you can and journal as much as possible. Good luck hun. You are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I love this tribute to your Grandma. It gave me a chuckle. Prayers to you.

I am also in UT and the heat is killing me as well!! I am craving snow and my mornings at Starbucks!

Lisa M.

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