|The last time I saw my Gram, December 30|
|Gram's birthday party, 2008|
In the short months and weeks since her diagnosis, her children have been with her around the clock. She told my dad that she prayed that God would extend her life so that she would be able to spend more time with them, and I believe that He did. She was able to spend precious one-on-one time with each of her children and some of her grandchildren as well, a mercy for which we're all grateful.
|Gram meeting a newborn Maren for the first time|
Exactly a week ago today, another exceptional woman departed this Earth. A woman from my church congregation who was only 48 and by all accounts very healthy (I just saw her at the gym two weeks ago), had a heart attack and died very unexpectedly and tragically. She left behind her husband and five sons, the youngest still in high school. I went to her funeral on Saturday morning and it was an incredibly uplifting and inspiring experience, despite the sorrow at her loss. Of all the people that I know, she is among the very most qualified to meet her Maker with no notice. Learning more about the life she led has inspired me to be better in every way.
Two good, righteous women gone, and the Earth is poorer for their loss. I'm privileged to have known them both and look up to them both immensely.