Dear Grandma

Dear Grandma,

I will miss you more than words  can express, but your 89 years on this earth were filled with love, joy, and beauty. For that I am thankful. The lessons you taught me were useful and many. You were a wife, mother, teacher, bus driver, and much, much more. I've been inspired by you many times over, and I'm grateful to have had you in my life. The love and guidance you have given me have helped shape me as the person I am today.

There is also the quilting. I will never forget the time we spent together making my first quilt. Or the winters you spent in Arizona. You would bring one project that you would work on here. If you didn't get it done you would save it for the next year. There is one quilt in particular that I have strong memories of you making, and that is your log cabin pineapple quilt. It took 2 years to make, and I vividly remember the tissue paper foundation paper that was used to piece it. Once completed it inspired me, and always hoped to one day make something so beautiful. 

Your love for creation did not stop at quilts though. There is the clothing you used to make me when I was little. I am a little sad to say I never fully appreciated it until I was an adult. There was also the silk ribbon embroidery that you loved and taught me. All the bears you made from old, worn, family quilts.

Teddy bear created by my grandmother from one of my great grandmother's quilts.

I will miss seeing the joy you had from seeing your great grandson grow, the family meals with you there, and being able to share my creations and see the pride in your face.  It has not even been a week, and although my heart hurts, you lived a very full, long life filled with love. I am thankful you were in my life.