Saturday, May 5, 2018

Blessings

Since losing my Dad and step-mom in the past two months, I have felt really “off.” Right after Helen’s funeral Nate and I headed down to Arkansas for a little “therapy.” Being with the grandchildren was just what I needed.

I spent a lot of time coloring and talking with June Beth.
June Beth and I also spent some time outside; the weather was beautiful while we were there. On discovering a pretty rock outside, she said, “Do rocks die?” I said, “No rocks don’t die.” She said, “But people do.” I said, “Yes, people do.” She said, “I wish I was a rock.” I had to hide a tear. I think sometimes we don’t realize how much the little ones are affected by the death of a loved one.

Holland (who just turned 8) had a little crying meltdown the night of my Dad’s memorial. All of the other kids were asleep at the hotel when she started to cry. When my son and daughter-in-law checked on her (through tears) she said, “Everyone is asleep and no one is praying for Papaw Gene.” My son also told me that sometime during all this she also was worried about Papaw Gene not getting to come to her birthday party. My son couldn’t understand why she would have said that. It made perfect sense to me; her birthday is about the biggest thing that happens in her life. Papaw Gene would never get to share it with her again. What a sensitive little sweetie.

Our newest grandchild was born last July and named after my Dad—Asa Gene.
What a wonderful blessing it is to have grandchildren.

12 comments:

Unknown said...

Tbey definately are a blessing. I'm glad you feel better after visiting with them. Deb E

Ronda K. said...

I'm so glad you were able to have a lovely time with your littles! You and your family are going through such an incredible time of mourning. You all need lots of love, hugs, time together and just time to adjust. Prayers and hugs to you, Beth! <3

Sandy said...

Beth I know what you are going through. Just know you have good support to fall back on when you don't feel like going on. I will keep you in my prayers.

Robbie said...

Glad you go away for a much needed R&R grand time!!!! Out of the mouths of babes, right!

Robin Stewart said...

Beth, I don’t don’t even know what to say after reading this. Through my tears you e said it all. Love you 😍

D Cresanto Quilting said...
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D Cresanto Quilting said...

Awe.... wonderful blog... life comes full circle with baby Asa Gene... your daddy is smiling down on you! Hugs, love and prayers my friend.

Quilter Beth said...

I know you do. Thank you.

Quilter Beth said...

Thanks Robbie. It was wonderful.

Lisa Greenbow said...

Yes, some people don't like to see children at funerals. I think children there make you realize that there is hope in the future. If you take time to listen to them you can learn so much. They can be so insightful. Glad you had your visit. Feel the love.

Dana Kroeger said...

How wonderful you got to spend some time with the grandkids to help ease the mourning. I'm sure it made your heart happy. The pictures of little June Beth and Asa Gene are just precious.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you got to spend that time with the children. Young children always make things better.