My grandma is dying. And I really don’t want to go there yet. I love her like crazy, and I’m not looking forward to the day when she’s no longer here on this earth. So I’m saving my grieving, and I’m going to reflect back on all the happy.
I’m really super blessed to have such an amazing extended family. We have a “secret” group on Facebook, and we’ve been reminiscing about our favorite memories of Grandma and Grandpa the past couple days.
But I want to extend the remembering to people who aren’t Grandma’s kin, because I know there are a lot of you who have a sweet memory or 12 of Joan (pronounced Jo-Ann) Yoder, or as she liked to refer to herself, Mrs. Harold J.
Here’s a pic of Grandma at her surprise 90th b-day party last February. More fun pics of the Birthday Girl here. This is what I wrote toward the end of that post: If I had my way, I’d get a million more pictures like this one over the next 5, 10, 20 years, but when you’re 10 years shy of 100, there’s no guarantee. And you and I both know there’s no guarantee for anyone ever. Take lots of pictures, friends. You’ll be so glad you did.
And here are some pics from the Annual Yoder Family Get-Together last summer. I love this one of my cousin Camy and Grandma. Grandma is just one of those people you can’t kiss good-bye without holding her face. At least Camy and I can’t.
Here’s what I wrote at the end of that post: It’s always tough to see her go, because I can’t help but wonder if it’ll be the last get-together she comes to. Here’s praying she makes it to 10 more.
I love this pic of Dad and his mama. (October 3, 2011) Each of her 7 kiddos love their mom so, so much. And the feeling is mutual. And she loves each of their spouses too. And they love her right back.
I love this pic I snapped of her when she was just sitting in her chair in the nursing home, basking in the glory of being surrounded by her descendants.
I know I’ll have lots to say about sweet, beautiful Grandma in the days, weeks, and months to come. 91 years is a lot of living, and she lived it well.
If you have a memory of my grandma or a message you’d like to share with her, I’m hoping to visit her again tomorrow, and I’ll print out as many as I can to read to her and the rest of the family. Thank you!!