This week marked 18 months since Grace danced away with the angels. Early this morning, Grace's Great Grandma joined her in heaven. In some sense, Grandma's journey was much like Grace's journey, yet in many ways it was very different. As we watched Grandma in her last days and hours, we were reminded of Grace's last days and hours. The pain we felt then returned; it stared at us, made our hearts heavy, and weighed us down.
Grandma's long 89 year life, however, is hard to compare to Grace's short 5 years...Gram lived a full life; she enjoyed 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Although we grieve this day and will for many to come, we thank God for the multiple blessings bestowed on the life of Evelyn Ruth Slater Asson.
My cousin Jenni took the following video on October 28, 2007, which was Gram's 88th birthday. Grace was obviously teasing her Great Grandma about being old as they enjoyed cake with my mom, "Beggy". Grace even gave Gram one of her tiaras to wear for the occasion. It was the last birthday they would celebrate together.
As I told my Gram goodbye, I reminded her that she was, in one way, very lucky. She would get to be the first one of us to hold Grace again. I reassured her that Grace would be waiting for her, wanting to hold her hand, showing her the way.
"The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever."