Remembering Granny

Today 5 years ago, Granny passed away.  Today I’m remembering her. I’m thinking of how often I looked at her frailty and knew that this day was coming. Time dragged by in those days. She was slow and infirm and had a poor quality of life. She was with our family from February 2002 until February 2013. From 2002 until July 2009, she lived in the cottage we built for her behind our home. In July 2009, she fell and broke her hip and after surgery, she moved into our house. She stayed with us until February 2013, when she moved into the (wonderful) Ladies Christian Home in Cape Town. She was there until she passed away on 7th October 2013.  During the years from July 2009, we saw a gradual and painful decline in her body and her mind.  I used to remind myself that this was a season and that it would one day be over. I need to embrace these days, this privilege of looking after Granny and so I did. I loved her very much and am glad that she is whole and in heaven now.

I have endless photos of her. This is one of my favourite. Granny and I speaking with our eyes.

Mike taking her for a walk…I wore that scarf often this winter!

Very frail…very shortly before she moved to the Ladies Christian Home. Mike helping her back to bed.

This is the circle of life. We are born, we live, we grow old and we pass away. What a blessing to live a long life. Granny died two months after she turned 89.  We are so grateful for her life. Stacey has inherited her amazing sewing ability. Granny would be so proud of the children and in awe of Stacey’s sewing machines.

I have many very happy memories and no regrets. She was a wonderful  mother-in-law and one day we will meet again. If it’s possible,  I’ll give her a big heavenly hug!

Today has been a relaxing day. David came for lunch and we heard all about his recent solo bike ride from Swellendam to Montague to Barrydale to Ladismith to Riversdale. Adrian and Stacey generously drove through from Swellendam to get him from Riversdal so he didn’t have to cycle on the N2. It was about 300km

This is from David’s instagram…

So grateful he is home safe and sound and a little bit thinner! He met some very interesting and generous people.

We ended the day having an evening with Peter and Riana. We could have stayed a lot longer but I need to get up tomorrow.

#913 of my 1000 thanks is for Texa Allergy tablets. They are brilliant for combatting hay fever.

Romans 8:28

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them

Good one to remember.

These are the days.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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