Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My Grandma

My grandma was one of THE most incredible people on this planet. My grandma loved her family only second to God. My grandma made the absolute best scrambled eggs I have ever eaten (and were always requested when I spent the night!). My grandma always kept a supply of peanut butter cookies in the freezer for us grandkids to devour. My grandma was an accomplished pianist. My grandma loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, and mind.

My grandma sent a birthday card to every single member of our family every year of our lives thus far. My grandma served at our church for over 50 years. My grandma led a Bible study every single Sunday morning. My grandma married a man of God, raised 4 children of God whom married other God-loving people, and all have raised God-loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My grandma could crack a joke with the best of them, even at 93. My grandma made 17x the sugar cookie dough recipe every Christmas for the grandkids to decorate. My grandma gave up her summers for many years to live in a motor home, simply to spend time with her grandkids in San Diego.

My grandma tolerated the insane messes my cousins and I would create in her hallways (with every pillow and blanket in the house) during family holidays. My grandma prayed for me every day. My grandma was married to my grandfather for over 50 years before his passing. My grandma was an incredible teacher and was a huge inspiration in my becoming a teacher. My grandma was a woman of her word. My grandma was wonderfully stubborn. My grandma had a musical laugh and a contagious smile. My grandma was dedicated to her passions and passionately dedicated. My grandma consoled a devastated me when my lost tooth fell down the drain, assuring me the tooth fairy would know and still come that night (and she was right!).

My grandma told wonderful stories about her life on a Wisconsin farm, marrying my grandpa in the middle of WW2, receiving and sending secret letters to him... My grandma always called me to see how my weeks were going. My grandma was on facebook! My grandma was my carpool buddy to every family get-together. My grandma had an incredible green thumb. My grandma was someone I have always looked up to. My grandma gave great hugs.

My grandma was one of my best friends. My grandma was a role model of the highest degree. My grandma was an ever-inspiring image of God's love.

My grandma was loved. Immensely.

My grandma went to be with our Heavenly Father yesterday. And I will miss her so much.


  1. I'm so sorry for the loss of your Grandma, Kristina. What a wonderful tribute to her. I was very close to my Grandmother. It's hard to lose someone so influential in your life. My prayers are with you and your family.

  2. oh, Kristina, I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounded like a very special woman, involved with her family...I love that she was your carpool buddy :) Know that my thoughts and prayers and hugs are with you at this sad time :) Another angel in heaven looking out for you :)

  3. Nothing brings me more joy that a wonderful, godly woman. Your tribute to her brought tears to my eyes as I can sense the depth of your love for her and I love all that she stood for, lived out and modelled. I wish I could have met her. I know she has left her fingerprints on your heart and life :) and what a tribute you are to all she poured into you :) I coveted my grandmother's prayers for me as I do my mom's - they are such a precious, priceless gift. I'm shedding tears of sadness for you, my friend, and wish I was closer so I could come and give you a great big hug in person. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family, and may God's peace fill your heart and may the joy of knowing you will be reunited with her one day help you through the tough days. As you posted on FB, it is a strange and wonderful dichotomy, one I lived through when my dad died six years ago. Shoot me an e-mail if you are having a hard day and I'll gladly bring you before the Lord in prayer (((hugs)))