Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hugs From Grandma

I was pretty excited to win one of Rose's giveaways for her pattern "Hugs From Grandma". Thanks to Rose's hubby for picking my name! If you click on the pattern name you can see the finished product. I plan to stitch this up as soon as it arrives! I have tears in my eyes as I am typing this and keep making lots of typos, so I will keep this short and share more news tomorrow. Right now I would like to share a couple of pictures of my Grandmother. She is the only grandparent I have left and is known as "Little Grandma". She swears she is 4' 10" but in reality she is 4' 6". She is a very sweet, yet feisty lady, and has a soft voice and sweet tone. Something you would not expect from a mother of 6 boys! She loves to laugh and I could listen to that laugh all day! My father is her oldest child. She had a daughter also, whom she was very close to, but Annie died at 41 years old in 1983 from a clot in the brain. I don't think my Grandma ever fully recovered.

Here is a picture of my Grandma and me when I was 18 months old.Here is a picture from about a year ago with TJ, her 3rd Great-Great Grandchild.
My Grandma was diagnosed with lung cancer a couple of weeks ago. I know she smoked at one point, but not since I can remember. She had no symptoms, just a routine check up and we thought maybe it was very early. Not so. Yesterday the doctors told her she has 8-12 weeks to live. My heart aches.
I leave you with a picture of one of my most precious treasures. He sits on a shelf in my sewing room, and though he is dirty and eyeless, he is still very much loved. I received him at birth from "Little Grandma".

21 comments:

Belvie said...

Oh Bren, how special to have to still have something made for you by her. Thoughts and prayers are with both of you!

Rose said...

Bren, i dont know what to say........i was closest to my Dads mum growing up (long story dont ask!!!) and i sat with her as she died ( a moment in time ill never forget)......she taught me embroidery, she taught me compassion, she taught me love.......she was a special lady, i hope i make her proud!!!

Joni said...

Bren I am sorry to hear about this. It is tough to think about and deal with. My grandfather had an aneurysm. He died quickly. No one had a chance to say hello or goodbye to him. Enjoy your little Grandma til the end!

Karolee said...

What a sweet tribute to your grandma. My prayers are with you and your family.

Linda said...

Bren, such a hard place to be in right now, prayers for you and ((((hugs)))) My Nana dies 7 weeks after my son was born from a brain aneurysm. I loved her dearly, she taught me so many things and I treasure my memories of her.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. I'm sure she will always have a place in your heart. God bless.

Solstitches said...

Bren,I'm so very sorry to hear this. I know that you will make the very most of the time you still have left with your beloved Grandma.
Thinking of you.
Margaret

Melzie said...

(((Bren))) 10 yrs after my Nana has passed I still forget..I pick up the phone to call her and have to remember all over again. You are in my thoughts. xoxo melzie

Joanne said...

Hugs and Prayers, Bren. There's just not anything one can say to lessen the heartache.

ann said...

Bren,
I'm so sorry to read the sad news about your grandmother. I will pray for her and also for you.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love meeting new blog friends! I've enjoyed reading your blog and have added it to my list.

~Ann~

Sweet P said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Little Grandma. I guess an angel was looking over your shoulder when you won the pattern.

Enjoy your grandma while she is still here. Make lots of memories to carry with you.

I'm sending you lots of prayers and hugs to help you through this tough time.

atet said...

Bren, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. A big hug coming your way from my section of the cornfields. Cherish the moments you have with her -- and remember the joy you have shared.

homemakerkate said...

oh Bren I am so sorry to hear this news. I send you big big cyber hugs!! I can see that she is a very special lady!, just like you.
hugs
Kate

Susan said...

I'm so glad you won the stitchery! What a treasure your grandmother seems like. Does she know?

I am making a Moms quilt, which has turned into mothers-in-law, aunts, grandmothers - just significant women in our lives. It's a CQ project. I've collected pictures of women from lots of internet friends. You can see some of them on my CQ blog - cq4fun.livejournal.com - go to "entry tags" on the sidebar and click on cq moms.

If you have a face shot of your grandmother when she was 16-25 (or a little older - the only pic I have of my mother shows her at 35), I would love to include it, if you can send me a digital copy.

Rose Marie said...

Words are hard to write at this time ... hugs and prayers for you and your little grandma.

Libby said...

Special prayers for you and your Grandma. Oh shoot - I just can't think of a right thing to say - but lots and lots of hugs.

Kim said...

Oh, Bren, I'm sorry to hear about your grandma. It sounds like she's lived a good life and has taken joy (and given it back!) to those around her--you can just see that in the photo of her with little TJ. Hang in there and enjoy the time you have with her now.

Pam said...

Such great pictures and memories. I am so sorry to hear your grandmother is ill. I will keep her in my prayers.

Finn said...

Hi Bren, so very sorry to hear about your Little Grandma. What a cruel turn on the part of the Universe. But how luck to have had her in your and your childrens lives.
The toy from her is adorable, and a real treasure.
I will add her to my prayers, and you also. Big hugs, Finn

Chookyblue said...

thinking of you.......I have a grandfather with health issues and it is no fun......take care........

Angela said...

I am so sorry about your grandma.