Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Celebration!

I am so thankful to you all whether you follow this blog or one of our social media sites for all your kind words and prayers through a very difficult time.  My amazing grandmother went to meet our Heavenly Father on September 7, 2013.  As much as I miss her I am so happy that she no longer will be in pain and can now dance all she wants!

As I said in the title this post is about celebrating the 93 years she lived on this earth and more importantly the almost 30 years I got with her (she died 2 days before my 30th birthday).  As I could write a book on how amazing this woman was and how much I loved her, I decided to do more of a 10 things I love and remember about her!  She was an incredible artist, but her talent was only a little part of who she was.  She was incredibly strong, happy, loving, caring, soulful, faithful, loyal, and charismatic.  So here are the best 10 things about my Grandma Helen

1.  She could light up any room with her presence and laughter

2.  Her hands that she hated so much created the most beautiful things I have ever seen

3.  She had so much tenacity and fight in her

4.  She supported any idea or journey I wanted to go on (she was so excited when I opened our store, and thought it was so cool even if she didn't understand how you could shop online)  :)

5.  She was an avid Hoosier fan, but loved her some Peyton Manning

6.  She had 10 grandchildren that she loved more than anything.  I am lucky enough to be her #10

7.  Her and I share the same middle name "Dreatha"

8.  She hated all 5 of my tattoos until I got one in honor of her and she thought it was the most           beautiful thing she had ever seen!!  It is her handwriting on my arm.

9.  Every time I spent the night with her (my grandpa died when I was 3, so I was with her often) we would watch Golden Girls, stay up late, and eat Planters Cheese Curls (the ones in the can)!

10. I truly believe we are kindred spirits and after her death and reading her journal I am learning how much more alike we were than I thought!!

I could honestly go on and on about the woman that meant so much to me but I wont.  I am still trying to deal with the thought that I will no longer be able to hold her hand, or see her beautiful blue eyes.  I still catch myself when I think that I need to head to the nursing home for a few hours, or if the girls color something and catching myself before I tell them to save it and show GG.  She was such a huge part of mine and my girls lives that it seems surreal that she is no longer here. 

As we continue to go about our lives and running our store we will always know that she is looking down on us and guiding us in her own way.  I know that she is up there painting the most beautiful sunsets we have ever seen, and I know that she is once again united with her beloved husband and loved ones that went before her.  I am comforted to know that I will see her again one day and I can't imagine what that reunion will feel like!


In Memory of Helen Dreatha Whetstone 1/15/1920 - 9/7/2013


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