Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love and Memories

Happy Valentine's Day. :)

We don't make a big deal of Valentine's Day around here. When DK and I were dating, we did the gifts and stuff, but honestly the holiday has always been a bit silly to me (but I'm a little weird). I told DK NOT to go out and buy me anything for this day.  I do feel the need to write him a note because I'm feeling a little lovey-dovey today.  And I kinda have a GREAT husband.  I tell DK I love him every day, but every day I don't get a chance to tell him how great a husband he is.  And I sort of feel like telling him that today.  But it's NOT because of Valentine's Day, because Valentine's Day is silly. :-)

Anyway, M and I are actually home today resting up from a busy weekend with family.  We I stayed up late making Valentines for her friends at school and sent them with D this morning so they could get them at the party today.  Luckily she's too young to realize she's skipping the party at school, but we'll both get a reminder tomorrow when her cubby is filled with the goodies and Valentines.

But this post isn't about Valentine's Day.  It's about how grateful I am for the time the we had with a special someone whom we LOVED dearly.

In my last post, I mentioned some rare time that I spent with my grandmother.  Unfortunately the day after that post, Danny lost HIS grandmother...

I remember when I first met DK, his grandmother ("Granny") had been ill.  At that time, she'd battled various health issues.  She'd been very close to death a few times, and even had cancer (twice, I believe).  So it had been enough for them to believe she may not be with them too much longer.  This was before the BEGINNING of our relationship.  Danny and I have now been together 10 years.  Granny was here the whole time.  A fighter Sweet Granny was. :)

When Granny went to be with the Lord last week, in the midst of sadness, I also felt very thankful.  Thankful for the time she was here.  She got to know so many great-grandchildren (and even a couple of great-great grandchildren) that she might have never met if things had gone differently.  Most of Morgan's cousins on Danny's side (about 20 great-grandchildren) were all born in the last 10 years.  And she held and loved them all.  What a miracle. 

Several of them will actually remember spending time with Granny.  The younger ones, like my little M, may not.  But DK and I will surely keep Granny alive in M's heart.  We can share pics with her and tell her little things like:

  • Gran-Gran bought M her first Easter dress -- a beautiful, classic Feltman Brothers. The dress still hangs in M's closet. It's one of those things I could never give away or even pack away.
  • We can tell M that she loved Gran-Gran's cornbread.
  • We can tell M that she would sing "Baa Baa Black Sheep" to Gran-Gran, which was Granny's favorite nursery rhyme.
  • We can tell M that she spent several holidays at Gran-Gran's house eating good food and spending time with her big family.
  • We will tell M that Gran-Gran was a sweet lady with a soft voice and a sense of humor. 
  • We will be sure that M knows that Gran-Gran loved her so very much.
Granny was a beautiful, loving, funny woman, and I will be sure M always know that.

Granny and a Butterball M.

Four Generations 

My favorite, an old pic I got from my sister-in-law's Facebook.  
Granny with a tiny (days old) M.  

Have a great day, everyone.  Tell your loved ones -- not just husbands and wives -- how much you love them.  On this day that just HAPPENS to be about love. :-)

Be back soon.


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