Monday, June 2, 2014

2 Great-Grandmothers, One Really Rough Summer {Part 1}

So we had originally planned a trip to Oklahoma to spend time with family and then head to Texas to watch my twin cousins graduate high school. But on Memorial Day I get an unexpected call that my Great-Grandma Hensley had passed away that morning. I was absolutely devastated. I am VERY close with her. She taught me to sew, bake and decorate cakes and cookies, cook and 3/4th of the crafts I do are from her. She was one of the biggest inspirations of my life and in an instant I went from being thrilled to go see her and show her all the embroidery and sewing I have been doing to being an inconsolable mess pile in the floor. Yes, she was 90 and I knew it would happen one day but she ran circles around everyone and I never would’ve thought it would be 4 days before I would see her. I had talked to her just 2 days before. Every Saturday…every single Saturday. Sometimes for 2 hours of so.

Once I got the call from my mom and dad about Grandma, I called into work for the week and started packing. I would now be off for a total of 2 weeks to be able to make it in time for the funeral and then stay the week we had been planning originally. I did have time to find the pictures of her and Landon from the first time she met him. The video is even better! Those are memories I will cherish forever…

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It’s fuzzy but I still love it

Once we got on the road we drove half way which is Monroe, LA and spent the night. Then the next day got up early and got into town in time for the visitation. They held the funeral home open for us until we got there.

The funeral was so hard. I’ve probably cried more this summer than I’ve ever cried. I just couldn’t let it be real. That Grandma wasn’t going to be sitting on the porch when I pulled up, that this would be the last time I ever see her, that I wouldn’t get to go to Grandma’s anymore…it all rushed in at once and I lost it. After the funeral, Grandma’s sweet church provided a wonderful lunch for us and then we went to the house and spent time with the family.

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Landon and Pawpaw Eddie (my dad’s dad)

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Memaw Brenda (dad’s stepmom)

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Uncle David

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Of course we brought all our planes, trains and automobiles

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Erin, Kenzie and Me. So glad I got to see them. Just hate the reason

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Added Ethan and Aunt Nita

This was one of the hardest days ever. I will remember every memory, every song she sang to me, every bible story she read me and every lesson she taught me.

I love you Grandma!

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