Sunday, May 3, 2009

Grandma Guinn and Sunday's Seven

Sorry I have been so absent from the blogging world lately. We are still battling the sicky bugs, as my boys call them. Chad now has fever and is not feeling very well. I am just so tired of the germs and people not feeling well. The boys are feeling better, as am I, but we're still not 100%.

Six years ago today, we lost my Grandma Guinn to pancreatic cancer. I was 6 months pregnant with Gabe, and one of the things she told the doctors when she was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was that she had great-grandbabies to see. Oh, I miss her so much, and some days I can even smell her. She would've loved my boys, and they would've loved her. I just wish she could have made it just a little longer to have met them. She was home on hospice care at my mom's, and I can remember that day so vividly still. We knew it was coming. I had stayed the night at my mom's, and Chad had went to our home to shower and was coming back later. My mom and aunt were in the room with Grandma watching a show on tv. My aunt left to go home, and I was walking over by the phone, and something made me watch Grandma. I noticed she wasn't breathing, and as I told mom that I didn't think she was breathing, she breathed a very deep breath, and then she was gone. It happened so fast, that I ran outside to get my aunt, and I saw her car pulling away. Wow...I had just saw my Grandma pass away, and it was very peaceful. I had never had anyone close to me die, and honestly, my first experience was not traumatic. It was peaceful, and I truly know that God was there that day, taking my Grandma home to be with Him. So, I only find it fitting to dedicate this Sunday Seven to my Grandma!

1. We lived with Grandma for a good year when she was first diagnosed with uteran cancer, and she had beat that. It was 4 years later that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. While living with my Grandma, I worked as a teller at a local bank, and I would come home for lunch. She would always have lunch made for me, and we would watch The Young and the Restless together.
2. She taught me to sew, quilt and crochet. I loved those moments with her, and I feel so lucky to have learned those skills from her!
3. She made the best Black Raspberry jelly and pies! I miss her black raspberry bushes.
4. I loved frilly, twirly dresses when I was little. I would never wear anything other than dresses, and she was the only one that could make them for me. I would always test them by spinning around really fast to see how well they would twirl.
5. She did all the alterations and beading on my wedding dress. I will cherish those fittings with her forever!
6. She had a love for dolls, and she started the tradition of buying me the Happy Holiday Barbies every year. I still have the dolls today.
7. I find it amazing that she knew that I was going to have a boy and that my brother was going to have the girl. My sister-in-law was pregnant at the same time I was, and I wanted a little girl and my brother wanted a boy. I can still remember my Grandma telling me that I would have the boy and Jess would have the girl. August 16th, I had Gabe, and on August 28th my brother became a proud daddy of his little girl, Taylor.

Grandma, I miss you everyday, and I love you very much. I look forward to seeing you again!


Jayne said...

Such a nice tribute to your Grandma! {hug}

Nancy said...

It's warm now! You're not supposed to be getting sick! I hope your family gets past the sicky bugs soon :) It's so hard to lose someone you love so dearly. You have some great memories :) I am fortunate to still have both my grandmas with me, but know their time is limited and miss seeing them. I still think about my grandpa on his death date and he died 20 years ago this year. I don't think I will ever forget the last time I hugged him. I will be thinking about you and your family :) Hope everyone is better before your upcoming vacation!


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