Five Years and a Little Reflection

DISCLAIMER: This post has nothing to do with my #27In27 list and has everything to do with my Gma.

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years ago today that my Gma passed away. It was also a Thursday, I was a senior in college. I was ready for a full day of classes, study groups, and work, but one early morning phone call pushed all that to the side. I drove faster and unsafer than I should’ve and made it to the hospital in record time.

I am so thankful I got one more time to see her, to hold her hand, and to have her squeeze my hand when I said “Grandma, it’s Kelly, I love you.” I am so blessed to have had 22 years with her – my fondest memories are our Sunday nights together, where she would make me (and sometimes burn) a grilled cheese sandwich and then we’d play cribbage and watch corny Hallmark movies. My great-uncle Darrel (her brother) and I have carried this tradition on for the past 5 years.

Photo taken in January 2008. I had just received the red coat for Christmas a couple weeks prior and I was thrilled to have a red coat like Gma. I think we look pretty great.)

Photo taken in January 2008. I had just received the red coat for Christmas a couple weeks prior and I was thrilled to have a red coat like Gma. I think we look pretty great.

There are a million things I could tell you about my Gma and once I start, I probably can’t stop. She is my biggest role model, the coolest lady I’ve known, and certainly the classiest. Her sense of style was impeccable and I believe I get my love of accessorizing and matching my outfits directly from her. Her humor and jokes were ridiculous, unexpected, and always hilarious.

“Kelly, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s don’t ever serve peas to a blind person.”

“Kelly, I really pulled a boner today”

“Oh the stripes in that bathroom. That is just pure sex.”

The nicest thing that anyone has ever said about me was that I reminded them of my Grandma. I cannot think of a higher compliment. Of course I can’t talk about my Gma without mentioning her strong Christian faith and her love for serving God and our church.

I miss her so much – I miss that beautiful smile, that loud laugh, and that caring heart. I am so proud to be Valeda’s granddaughter and I hope I am making her proud up in heaven. I’ll leave you with her favorite Bible verse: Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Thanks for reading, sorry for the diary entry.

Aaaand a meme to lighten the mood. #MeanGirls

Aaaand a meme to lighten the mood. #MeanGirls

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