Thursday, April 3, 2014

Saying goodbye...

The thing is, she was a difficult woman to love, my Mimi.

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She was opinionated, stubborn, selfish at times, and often said things I know she wished she could take back.

But at her core, she was a true and devoted Christ-follower, vibrant, witty, intelligent, tender-hearted, wise, and fiercely loyal.  She was half-Portuguese and louder than each of her three sisters, and I would imagine that even at an early age, she made an impression wherever she went.

She had pretty hands and even prettier handwriting.  She loved popcorn-flavored Jelly Bellies.  She drove a green Camaro until she couldn't.  She adored her sisters and satin pajamas.  She raised two strong, loving children and taught much to her four grandchildren.  And after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer, she was ready to go home to be with her Lord.

So this morning she did. 

I will carry my memories of my firecracker of a grandmother with me always.  And I think she would want me to remind each of you that life is too short to live with regrets...

... and that a little sass goes a long way.

10 comments:

Jessie said...

My Grandpa passed away about a month ago, and even though it was "his time", I was still surprised at how emotionally drained I felt! Keep the faith. Sending love to you and your family.

The Tale of Three P's said...

She sounds wonderful, Ryan. Thinking of you and yours.

Kim @ Kimberleys Quests said...

Thinking of you and your family. Lean on Micah (or the blog world) for support when you need it, you aren't alone!

Amber in South Carolina said...

Thinking of you and your family Ryan. It's been a year since my Grandaddy passed from cancer and it's still so hard. But, it does get a little less 'hard', I don't think that's the right word. But, it does get easier every day. Cancer just really does suck!

Laura said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Ryan. It sounds like she really made the most of her time here and had a full life but it doesn't make it any harder to let go.

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Ryan...It sounds like your grandmother was quite the lady <3

Jessica K said...

Prayers to you and your family. What a great photo of her. She sounds like one amazing woman!

jrachelbird said...

Ryan - You couldn't have described "Kay Day" any better than you just did. You just had to know her to love her and what she had to say! She is rejoice with the Lord now!

Kristin said...

So sorry, Ryan. Praying for your family. I went through the same with my grandma about 6 months ago.

Hayley Chandler said...

My last living grandparent died 3 weeks ago, so I know how emotional this can be. Thinking and praying for you and your family.

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