Monday, November 20, 2006
I know...I know! It's been over a month since I updated my blog! I posted a comment on Tyler's blog just yesterday telling him I wished I was as good at updating my blog as he was...and could he please do my update?!
One of the reasons I haven't written on my blog is that Dave and I were in the States for three weeks visiting supporters, friends, churches and family. Each one of our interactions during those weeks was just precious - so rich, so good, so like God to give us those tastes of heaven!
One of the most precious times was being able to visit my Grandma in Oregon. At 94 years old, she is one of the happiest and most cheerful people I know...in spite of a body that she says is showing its age. While she doesn't get around like she once did when she was 80, she is living well for being 94. I admire her so much! We had a wonderful day together, telling old stories, laughing, telling new stories, and laughing some more. What a gift that day was!
One of the best parts came at the end though. I left for a couple hours to do something with my brother, thinking that it would also give her a little chance to nap, or at least rest, after having talked and listened for hours that day.
But when I came back to see her in the evening, I was greeted by the smells of "grandma's house" from long ago. Though she hasn't been baking for a long time, she managed to make some of her "good for you", chock full of yummy things, bran muffins. I couldn't believe the smell that hit my senses when I walked in...it was like going back to my childhood!
Not only that but she had boiled eggs, gotten out the crackers and cheese, and put on a kettle of water to make tea. We had ourselves a regular feast at little TV trays as we ate and watched the election returns (with her winking at me and saying, "How 'bout those Democrats?"! A little funny joke between us!).
I don't know if I will have many more visits with my Grandma, but I'm sure thankful that I got to have this one!