This is difficult for me to write about...
I wondered if I even should.
this is a blog about quilting.
But I have shared so much of my life
with you through the
designs of my quilts...
and as you know...
most of my quilts are inspired
by my childhood memories
and my family which includes
of course both of my grandmothers.
My Grandma Crane...
who is my mother's mother...
passed away last week.
She was 95.
How do I even begin to tell you
how much she really meant to me?
She has always been a big part of my life.
She lived only 3 houses away from me...
just around the corner...
as I grew up in the small town of Herriman. When I married I just moved 5 miles away.
She was like another mother to me...
she was also my teacher and my friend.
She always told me the truth and
listened to me.
This is a recent photo of my daughter Kassidy and my Grandma Crane...
known to everyone else as Millie.
The photo was taken during
a luncheon that Grandma hosted.
I have mentioned my grandma's luncheons several times before...
The last Saturday of every month all of the girls in the family go to grandma's for lunch...
this includes Kassidy and I,
my mother and my 5 sisters
along with thier daughters.
The lunch is always potluck...
we play a board game or cards...
which is something we have always done
with Grandma ever since I can remember.
Grandma always wore makeup and a necklace
or a scarf or pretty pin everyday.
When she would laugh
she would rock
back in her chair.
She had a wonderful sense of humor!
She was a devoted wife,
great grandmother, sister and friend.
On that same luncheon day
I asked Kassidy to take a picture
of Grandma and I.
We were holding hands and Grandma had a pillow on her lap with her favorite
pink rose print pillowcase.
I cropped one of the photos in...
showing just our hands.
Grandma has held my hand
throughout my life.
This picture means alot to me.
I will have it framed and
place it on the nightstand next
to my bed to remind me that she
is still my grandma and that
she is still holding my hand.
When Grandma turned 80...
my mom asked all of the grandchildren to write down memories of grandma so that she could put them in a scrapbook and present it to Grandma on her birthday.
I thought I would share with you
what I wrote to her so that you might know
a little of what I felt about her...
and what a wonderful Grandma she was to me.
Memories of You...
Wearing cotton aprons with a dishtowel over your shoulder - your lilacs in the spring - lipsticks on your dresser in a mirrored tray - rose scented lotion in the pink bathroom - white open toe sandals on Easter - mashed potatoes and gravy for dinner - reading stories to each other - smiles -
giving me Certs during church -
walking to the store to see you -
(she owned the only Mercantile in town)
holding my hand - neopolitan ice cream on Sundays, served in square glass dishes - lots of books that we shared - playing with toys in the backroom of the Merc. - laughing together - playing cards - calling you to settle arguments or just to tattle when mom wasn't home - sleeping over in the downstairs bedroom - you were usually the first one to hear my poems - Christmas mornings - our guest for Sunday dinner every week - always a quilt on the frames in your livingroom and you teaching me to take small stitches - banana cookies - stories of what "mama" or "papa" used to do or say - you were always my first stop after getting off the school bus - orange sticks being passed around during family visits - being there to listen to my primary talks , sacrament meeting talks or when I would sing in church - helping me with my homework or a book report - teacups and saucers - tightly wrapped birthday gifts signed from "Grandma C" - family get togethers with all of the cousins at your house - letting me wear your clip on earrings and necklace during sacrament meeting - giving me Avon lipstick samples
(she was the Avon Lady too!) - always letting me have a bottle of pop out of the machine at the store - pink popcorn balls wrapped in wax paper on Halloween - always listening to me - pretty handkerchiefs - nicely boxed chocolates - you always like to hear my jokes and you always laugh at them -
Grandma, these are just some of the things that I remember when I think of you. I am so thankful that you were and are
still just around the corner.
You have always been there for the important things in my life along with the normal everyday things of living.
I am so proud to be your grandaughter
and now also your friend.
Even though I have grown up and married
and moved away, (5 miles is all haha)
I still always feel that you understand
and love me and I love to come
and visit you often.
Happy 80th Birthday Grandma
I Love You!
As you can tell, grandma was a big
part of my life and although
I will miss her dearly...
I am happy that she is
with my grandpa again...
she has been without him for 43 years.
If you are a grandma...
I hope you know how important you are
to your grandchildren!
If you are a mother...
I hope you understand how important
it is to
cultivate a relationship between
your children and thier grandparents.
If you are a grandaughter...
call your grandma today
or go and visit her.
If she has passed to the other side,
go place a flower on her grave or
hang her picture in a spot that will
remind you of her often.
There is nothing like
the love of a Grandma:)