Friday, August 17, 2007

Rest In Peace, Grandma D

The kids and I took off to Altoona yesterday to go to the famous Iowa State Fair (quite the perk when you're a SAHM, you can come and go as you please) with my parents and brother. It was a wonderful time of food, people watching, biggest-you-name-its and fun. The kids enjoyed the food, though Dailah enjoyed it too much as shown by her vomitting in the car on the ride home, and I enjoyed showing them all the cool things the fair has to offer; including the butter cow and butter Harry Potter!

On our way to the car after the fair my dad's phone rang. It was late, about 9:30ish so my mom said it was weird someone was calling that late. As noticed in an earlier post, my Grandma Dawson is 95 and her health has been steadily declining for some time. So before my dad even took his phone out of his pocket he said, "I bet it's Uncle Larry (his brother) calling to say mom died." Sure enough, it was. My Grandma Mary Dawson passed away last night. She was old, no doubt, suffering from Alzheimers and various other things. Doctors have been saying she was dying for about 5 years so last night put us in a weird state of consciousness. I felt like I had been there before, but I hadn't. I think the hardest part was seeing my dad. Of course he had known it was coming, but he still lost his mom. I don't want to put myself in his shoes. Plus, we found out she died alone, which is ultimately one of the worst things we can hear of a loved one.

I love finding comfort knowing she's restored to the old Grandma D (maybe a teensy bit nicer?). I love picturing her ascend into heaven and have an awesome reunion with my Grandpa, who died 20 years ago. These are all beautiful things, that she gets her reward for her lifetime of service to Him. These are all reasons to be happy, and I really truly am. Just a bit sad maybe.

On a lighter note, it is my favorite hubby and my 5 year anniversary today. I'll hopefully post on this soon but I must make a note and say that these past 5 years have been the absolute happiest I've ever been. Thank you, dearest Zachary, for being the absolute best person in the world and for loving me despite myself. Can't wait for the next 75! Love you hons.

4 comments:

ej said...

So sorry to hear about your grandma...both of my grandparents had alzheimers. I know when they died, it was wonderful to think of them restored to who they had once been. Prayers of comfort for your family!

Emily said...

So sorry to hear about your grandma...it is so difficult to lose someone, but take comfort knowing she is in the arms of our Lord now!

Congratulations on your anniversary & best wishes for many more!

Amy Marie said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tarah said...

Sorry about your grandma. :(

Congrats on hitting 5 years! You guys look like an amazing fam! :)