My dad just called to tell me that Grandma (Mom’s mom) went to be with Jesus this morning a little after 7:00. Her heart stopped twice, and then she was gone. She had come out of the medically-induced coma yesterday, but wasn’t really alert. I don’t know yet exactly what happened.
I’m shocked, but not. Grandma has had health issues since my mom was a little girl. Some of them very, very, very serious–life-threatening even. I knew this day would come. I didn’t think it would be today. The last time I talked to her was the beginning of January. She was getting ready to come home from the care center where she’d been for quite a few weeks. She was in such high spirits. She loved seeing the girls. She read my new book (yes, the sex one). She loved it–she told Mom she wanted to buy copies for some friends (younger friends, perhaps).
I haven’t talked to my mommy yet. This is what hurts the most–thinking of her losing her mom. They have been through so much. I could never share it all, nor would you believe me if you heard it. The emotions my mom is experiencing right now are multi-faceted. Please pray for her. Mom has four siblings. She had five, but Uncle Greg died of cancer in 2005. They’re super tight-knit–I’m so glad they’ll have each other, even if they live far apart.
I loved my grandma, even though I was never as close to her as I am to my dad’s mom. I truly regret not putting forth more effort in our relationship. But really I have no regrets. She loved me, and I knew it. I loved her, and she knew it. I’m looking forward to our relationship in heaven being anything and everything our relationship on earth was not.
When Dad called me, I felt all alone. The girls are all sick, so I stayed home from church. Gabe went alone. I didn’t know who to call, so I called Gabe’s mom. She and my mom are close friends, and Janelle just lost her own mom in 2005. A couple minutes later, Gabe called. He had just gotten a text message from his mom in church–“Call Marla.” (I don’t know how to text message.) He’s on his way home right now to be with me.
Thank you so much for your prayers. Please pray for my family this week. This hurts. And I’m sure it will hurt more and more as the week goes on. But I’m looking forward to celebrating the life of the grandma I love with some of the most wonderful people in the world–my extended family. God has blessed me immensely.
Love and thanks!
(I guess I don’t really need to sign my own blog…)