So meticulous, so intense,
Little eyes so full of chance.
Adamant, but ever loved,
Precious gifts from up above.

Tiny hands and tiny feet,
Seem to make it all complete.
Giggles with a toothless grin,
Part of this gift’s precious trim.

Ever learning minds expand,
As they grasp onto your hand.
Want to see all that life has,
And with it all – learn from the past.

You hold the world against your breast,
This task will be just one big test.
But ever moving – always forward,
They will be life’s big reward.
Author unknown


one of the best grandmas in the world died yesterday.  my great-grandma.  i will never forget her.  i never heard her speak a harsh word.  she loved flowers and plants.  she made things for her family-dolls, clothes, blankets, and was always busy with her hands.  she was sweet and she loved me and my kids.  she didn’t forget birthdays.  even though she probably had about 100 to keep track of.  she was one of my special pen-pals, we kept in touch with each other and she called me sometimes to talk to me.  she was 93.

i am thinking a lot about  the women in my family.  my aunts, my cousins, my mom, my sister and sister in law, my nieces, my daughter.  there is something special about women.  i draw so much inspiration from you:  gardener, nurse, mommy, artist, friend, kindred spirit.  we’re the ones in the kitchen during family get togethers.  we’re the ones that nurture the family ties.  thank you.

it’s hard to be away from home today.


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  1. Ah, ’tis a sad day when grandmas pass on ~ I had such wonderful ones ~ one of my great-grandmas lived to be almost 102 ~ what a special legacy she left with us.  My sympathy to you.

  2. Oh Shanda, I am praying for you and your family today. I remember when my great-grandma passed away and went on to be with Jesus, she was such a precious woman of God. My fond memories are of us eating biscuits and coffee together. Sweet Sweet woman. My heart goes out to you today. We as women, are blessed from the Lord, and God greatly uses us to bless others. You are in my thoughts today, my friend.

  3. Hugs to you Shanda. I know how much you loved and cared for her after hearing you talk of her last Sunday. I hope you will be able to go to the funeral with your family. I’ll be praying for you.

  4. Your great grandmother sounds like an amazing woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Psalm 94:19 comes to mind: ‘In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.’ May you feel His peace and loving hand today.

  5. Shanda,
    I’m so sorry for your loss.  What a wonderful woman to have had in your lives.  My prayers are with you and your family. 

  6. Thank you for sharing the poem.  I’ll be sharing that with a friend who is due with her first baby this month, I’m sure she’ll enjoy it.
    I’m sorry for the loss in your family.  What a wonderful thing to have had her as an influence in your life.

  7. Dearest Shanda,My sympathy to you and your family. Praying for to have the pease that passes all understanding. Praise the Lord for our memories!!and for us to have the ability to pass them on to future generations. God Bless you and your family.Love, Vonda

  8. My sympathies on the loss of your great-grandma.  My own grandma is turning 93 next Saturday and I’m now really focusing on what her legacy will be. I feel that I’ve been so blessed to still have her.  Praying for you now…

  9. I miss you too…I hope we will be able to see each other soon.  I love all of our wonderful family.  It is always so sad to me that we only seem to be getting together at a time of such loss.

  10. I’m sorry to hear about the death of your great-grandmother.  What a beautiful tribute you wrote to her.  I hope you find comfort in all of your good memories.

  11. It is awesome that God has given you a legacy of positive female romodels. I am blessed as well but not everyone can say that.  I am sorry for your loss…thankful for your words!

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