Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Memories 067::Two Joys

 Grandma Joy with First Daughter, July 2005
When Husband and I found out that our first baby was going to be a girl, we knew that we wanted to use the name Joy as the middle name.  Both of our mother's mothers are named Joy.  And so, First Daughter inherited the middle name Joy, after two of her great-grandmas. 
This sweet Grandma Joy is my grandma.  She fully lived up to her name.  She was always seen with a smile and always found the joy in every little thing.  She always told us how beautiful we were, smart we were, talented we were, how much she loved us, and would say it with such emphasis and enthusiasm.  She loved everything we did and everything we said.  She loved being around family and loved sharing letters, stories, and memories.  She loved the scriptures and the words of the prophets.  She was a woman of faith and an example of love in it's truest form.
We have been so fortunate and so blessed to live close to her for the past 12 years.  She has been very much a part of our lives and a part of our children's lives.  We visit them whenever we can.  When First Daughter was a baby, that was pretty often. Our children talk about them all the time.  Family is so important to us and it's important to me that our kids make as many memories as they can with their great-grandparents.  I am so thankful that our kids know and love their Grandma Joy.
My grandma passed away this weekend.  It was bitter sweet.  I love my grandma and will greatly miss her.  My heart hurts for my grandpa as I know how deeply he will miss having her by his side.  But I rejoice thinking of where she is now - her relief from her old, frail body, her reunion with loved ones that passed before her, and her entering the presence of her beloved Savior.
I am so thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for the comfort it brings.  I am thankful for the blessings of the temple and the knowledge that family can be together forever.  I am thankful for this time that I've had living close to my grandma and for the chance my kids have had to get to know her and love her.  I am thankful for her example and the honor it is to be her granddaughter.  I am thankful for the memory we made with her, a little over a week ago, filled with images of her laughing and hold Son#2 for the first time.  And I'm thankful for the chance to hold her hand and kiss her cheek, just days ago, and whisper in her ear how much I love her.
I love my grandma so much.  I am thankful to know that she is safe, she is happy, and she is home.
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The Yuan Fam said...

Beautiful post. She's free, lucky her ;-). I'm sorry for this loss. I can tell how much she meant to you. I'm grateful for our testimonies of eternal families.

MommyMert said...

Beautiful tribute. **big hug**