Monday, August 29, 2011

Goodbye Mamaw


I have wonderful memories of my Mamaw Houser. I still remember all the times at my grandparents' house in Bessemer City making biscuits, playing the old piano, painting with watercolors and learning to crochet. She's the one I got my creativity from and I will never forget that. Even last year she was still crocheting away making all the ladies in our family a set of new snowflakes for their Christmas tree. I loved going over to visit my Mamaw and Papaw, having a glass of sweet tea and eating some peanuts while I had a look at what new project she was working on. I still have the little dog she made for me as a child that I slept with until I was 12.

There are never words, you know. To really say how you feel in moments like these. I couldn't sleep last night, knowing the end was drawing near for her. She loved me so much and she never missed the chance to tell me. And she loved Judah too, and Thomas. I have an envelope full of her sweet words and drawings that she mailed to me just this past year and I'll treasure them forever. I just sat there and remembered all the good times and thought about how much I was going to miss her. Thinking of the emptiness we'll feel because a major part of our family isn't going to be there anymore.

Visiting Great Grandma and Grandpa

Thomas and I are in the middle of packing up our house, selling most of our things, packing the rest away in storage and saying goodbye to our life here in Wake Forest and eventually to North Carolina. It can be overwhelming at times but I can tell we're bathed in prayer by people that are supporting us along the way. So tonight I mourn my grandmother's life, but celebrate the new life that she now has with Christ in heaven. I'm thankful for the strong Christian lady that she was and am blessed to have had her in my life. I rejoice with the angels that welcomed her Home today and look forward to the day I'll see her again in glory.

I love you Mamaw!

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