Eleven weeks ago everything was fine. Normal. Ordinary.
Ten weeks ago everything was not.
Ten weeks ago is when my grandma discovered she has cancer.
I remember getting the call and thinking, “What now?”
We didn’t know how long she would have or how serious it was. When the doctors told us she would probably be gone before Christmas, it was almost unbelievable.
You always think your grandmother will be there. You know she won’t. We all die eventually, but you always think you’ll have another Christmas. Another visit. Another picture of her holding your baby.
My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby. They will never have a picture like this. For moments like these, that are now lost forever, I mourn. For the end of her suffering, I rejoice.
The death of a believer in Christ is always such a bittersweet moment. We were happy that grandma was no longer in pain. No longer confined to a bed, constantly nauseated and tired. We were thrilled that she would once again be united with her husband who went to be with the Lord over 40 years ago (she still wrote their anniversary on her calendar every year). However, it’s so sad to know that we will no longer have those quiet moments, no longer hear her gentle laughter, no longer see her radiant smile. Not until we make our own ascent into heaven. Until then, Goodbye, Grandma. We love you so much.
This ornament was a little more my daughter’s speed. She’s pretty much obsessed with painting right now, so she loved slathering paint all over the toilet paper roll.
I let her paint the whole thing and then when it dried, I cut it and added the jewels to it.
She really enjoyed this project, though I’m not sure she didn’t eat some of the paint while I was distracted with the baby. Oops.
Here’s some pictures of our fun:
I always have my (almost) 2 year old paint with a cookie tray. Less gets on the table and everywhere else. Plus, no paper to waste!
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Meet the Author
Lindsey Whitney is the Children’s Ministry Director at East Lake Road Alliance Church in Erie, PA. She manages the Children’s Church program, mid-week Kids for Christ program as well as special events and mentoring programs. She has an excellent volunteer team and is grateful for all the support and encouragement the church members provide. Lindsey has been married to her wonderful husband for over five years and together they have two fun, energetic kids. She operates a family home day care and loves the interaction with kids she has both in the home and at church. She operates Growing Kids Ministry, a Children’s Ministry blog and recently served as one of the contributing authors on KidMin1124. She has been published by Children's Ministry Magazine and Stuff Christians Like and hopes to do more writing in the future. In her spare time, she loves to see the sites in Erie, watch the Steelers with her husband, read books and magazines, visit with family and sneak in a few stops at the local coffee shop. You can find her on Twitter @lrwhitney or on Facebook. You can also email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.