Tuesday, December 28, 2010

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Well, honestly, it's hard to think about my favorite things right now, when I have a hole in my heart the size of a pot of Granny's brown beans.

But as I watched granny lie there in her hospital bed today, with one foot on earth and one in heaven, I realized that she still has some favorite things. She is in a dream-like state, talking in words and phrases that obviously represent some things dear to her heart.

Here are a few of Granny's favorite things:

*Her dear dog Fred - at one point, we got to laughing that he must be more important to her than anyone, because she kept telling us to "let him in" or "let him out!"

*Cooking - she constantly talked about what she should get us or cook for us - "If you'll stay awhile, I'll put something on the stove for you" or "let's go cook something up!"

*Her family - almost everytime she opened her mouth, the name of one of her loved ones would pop out, like a Valentine. "Rex" "Judy" "Fred" One special moment was when she talked about my cousin's son Kyler... she went on for awhile about what a special little boy he is. If you could just have heard her say his name "Ky-ler" then you would know how she feels about him.

*Opening up her house for company - She always wanted to know who was coming through her door, whether a real or dreamed up person, she wanted to welcome them, whomever it was.

*God - As I prayed for her aloud she murmured lovingly "God" and "It is well."

Surprisingly, I didn't hear her say anything about sewing, but I still think she'll be sewing us quilts up in heaven. Maybe, though, God will have her in his kitchen. Probably so.

So in honor of Granny, here are a few of my favorite things about this Christmas:
Drinking hot chocolate and singing Christmas carols around a fire at Big Cedar Lodge.

The elf tuck in at Big Cedar Lodge. "Candy" the elf came for a bedtime story and gave out a stocking to each kiddo.
We had a Christamas tree in our cabin at Big Cedar. I love Christmas trees. And the smell of the pine that has been fresh and fragrant in our house this December.

The last moments we were able to spend with Granny over Christmas were priceless.
Ahhh, making Gingerbread houses is always such a treat.
We play Dirty Santa each Christmas Eve. The adults play a round and so do the kids. Here are the kids acting all nicey nice after they have stolen each others gifts several times.
Christmas morning excitment is still electric. Here is Luke with his Skateboarding Nutcracker that was sitting on top of his brand new skateboard.
Ellie got at least one thing off her list: a bow and arrow. She was thrilled.

Tom is gone for a lot of special occassions, but he is ALWAYS home on Christmas morning. That is one of my favorite things.

Getting together with family I only see once a year. This year's gathering was at our house!

Here are the "hat girls" Ellie and Aunt Billy

Cousins hanging out in the cul-de-sac!
When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling bad,
I simply remember my favorite things
and then I don't feel so bad....

6 Wonderful Responses:

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

I'm so behind, Annie...and SO very sorry to hear about sweet Granny. What a beautiful tribute this post is, tho.

Praying for everyone, my friend...

Kathleen said...

As with all of your other Granny posts, I <3 this one too! And I love your photos - it sounds like you have had such a sweet time together as a family over the Christmas holidays!

Happy New Year, dear friend!

Rena said...

I can't get this lump out of my throat. I rejoiced with you over each of those special moments. And my heart aches for you as your Granny lies in that bed. I'm going to hang on to those favorite things with you, yours and mine.
And I think next year we are switching our game name to Dirty Santa. I like that much better.
Love you, Annie!

Shannon said...

I get a little nervous lately when there is no blog post from you...from a "nurse perspective" those final moments can be a beautiful thing. I can always feel God in those hospital rooms when He calls one of his children home. Prayers for you all Annie.

Dawn said...

Oh, Annie, I'm so sorry. I'm sitting here with tears for you and your precious family.

What a blessing your granny is to your family and everyone else - even those of us who have never met her.

Praying for all of you.

Tiaras said...

looks like an amazing holiday in and around your house!