Thank you Rebecca at The Road Home for hosting Thankful Thursdays!
1. Today, I am feeling especially thankful for my grandmother. She's 91 years old. She had 6 children, four who lived to adulthood. She was married to my grandfather for 64 years. In her prime, she was the best piano and organ player in the whole world (to me). She taught me about music, and fun, and devotion. She taught me, by her example, how to be a loving wife and mother. I am feeling so especially thankful for her because she is close to leaving her earthly life behind. I'm sad because I miss her. I'm thankful because I have been loved by her. I'm blessed because I got to see her in September and witness her spunk and determination first-hand, just one more time.
This is me with Nana on September 14, 2011:
2. I am thankful for the Solemnity of All Souls, which was celebrated in the liturgical year yesterday, November 2. The part of the Eucharistic prayer where we pray for the faithful departed has taken on new meaning since my grandfather passed away almost four years ago. And on All Souls day, my grandfather was on my mind. My Grandad was a helluva guy. He was smart. He was good-looking (my Nana and he were QUITE the dashing pair in their day). He was an aviator. He was an engineer. But the best things I remember him for are things like being the best husband in the world to my Nana and being a really good dad to his kids. He stood up for what was right and never backed down from a challenge when it was important.
I'm so thankful to have known my Nana and my Grandad. I'm thankful that they always made sure my siblings and I knew who they were and that they loved us even when my parents divorced and we lived 1500 miles away. I'm thankful that they never missed my birthday. I'm thankful for the times I visited them all by myself when I was an adult. Those were huge blessings in my life. I'm thankful that they were always happy when we announced a new baby...I think Grandad got such a kick of all the little ones in the family.
So...today...I am so thankful for the blessings of Nana and Grandad.