A Tribute to Memories and Remembering – September 11th


Today is such a hard day for so many people, sometimes there are just no words for the grief that can just be so consuming. Although I didn’t loose someone in the events that took place on 9-11-11, I just don’t think you can so the trauma of the event and not be affected by it in some ways.

For my family September 11th has a different meaning of loss. 10 years ago today my Grandma passed away from cancer. She was the light of our family, filled with kindness and joy. She loved everyone, always. No matter how much you messed up, she gave so much grace. She was the model for who I try to be everyday. I am so thankful to God for making her my Grandma.

For those of you who don’t know my Grandpa and Grandma raised me. My young life was full of turmoil because of a Father who had some major demons that eventually took his life and a Mom, who was trying to do the best she could possibly do for me. And it has taken many, many years for us to have a loving relationship and put the hurt and pain behind us. So when I ended up with my Grandparent’s at 2, it brought some much needed stability to my life.

As I grew up, my Grandma taught me so many things. Here are a few:

She taught me to respect everyone, no matter skin color, age, education level, etc.

She taught me to try new things, new foods, new activities, new friends.

She taught me to cook, clean and sew, I like to call it Loretta’s Wife In Training Class. And even though I’m not a wife YET, it has been so very helpful. Honestly, you have no idea how many buttons I sewed back on to clothes in College…

She taught me to love Jesus. Not just His word and who he was, but how to love Him with my life.

She taught me to be active and to exercise. She walked everywhere, I mean everywhere; shopping, school, restaurants; everywhere.

She taught me that I could do anything I wanted in life. She knew I was the creative one, that my life would be spent creating things. And she nurtured that and grew it.

So today, to anyone grieving a loss whether a fresh one or one you have lived with for some time. Know that you are seen, even if just by me. I pray that you will be filled with comfort, joy and happy memories of the people you have lost.

Have a very blessed day!

PS: the photo today is a tribute to my Grandma. She loved lily’s and so do I, so these are for her today.

Good Morning – September 11th


Today is a sad day, not only for the families of all who died on this day in 2001, but for a much different reason for my family. On this day in 2004 a very much loved Grandma passed away after a very length battle with cancer. She was a hero in the lives of everyone in my family and so it seems quite fitting that she passed on a day that so many other Heroes passed too.
There is one tidbit from this day that will stay with me forever. My Grandparents had a very lengthy marriage, over 50 years. And on the day she passed after the hospice nurse left my Grandpa and Grandma had one of the most special moments of their marriage. She was having a rough day, very uncomfortable, and she was sitting on the couch. She got very cold so my Grandpa bundled her up with a blanket to warm her up. And he sweetly took her face in his hands and uttered these words that I will never forget, “you will always be my girl, the love of my life”. How comforting that must have been for her, soon after she slipped into eternity. Even now as I write this tears are feeling my eyes. She is so missed, but I know eventually I will see her again.
So wherever you are, whatever you are experiencing today, be it grief or joy, know that you are seen and loved.

Have a very blessed day everyone!

Ps. The reason for the Lily pictures is they were her favorite flowers and mine too.