We have spent a lot of time in Odessa this last week and weekend. My Granny passed away last Wednesday. She had been sick for a long time and it is so good knowing that she is now with God and well again.
 During the funeral my Aunt told the story of when I was 5 years old and rode on a plane all by myself to Granny's house to visit during the summer. When I got back home from that visit I asked my mom if Granny was ever going to die.  My mom told me that yes someday Granny would die and my response was "that is going to be the saddest day of my life."  
Granny was always my favorite. She was everyone's favorite.

I never really told Ella what was going on with Granny because I didn't think she would understand. At the grave sight service I gave Ella a flower to go place on Granny's casket and I decided to explain to her what happened to Granny and that she was in heaven with God now. Ella listened very intently and her response was a very slow and sweet "ohhhh mannn." I do think that Ella understands that we will not see Granny in Odessa again but she has already asked twice if we can go back to Granny's house. I think it might have something to do with how much fun she had with her cousins all weekend. All the kids played together non stop and it was so much fun seeing them all together. Of course I didn't think to start taking pics until the last day so some of the cousins had already gone home. 
Seeing these 3 try to squeeze in one chair together makes me laugh. It reminds me of this story.
After the funeral we spent the weekend going through all of Granny's stuff in her house. I have never known someone as organized as Granny was. She had a booklet where she wrote down every single thing she owned. I'm not kidding. Every painting, china dish, and knick knack were written down and she  would say when she bought them and for how much she paid. She had a folder for every child, grandchild and great grandchild. In each folder was every drawing and letter we ever wrote to her. It made for lots of reminiscing and laughs over the weekend.
Picnik collage
Picnik collage
 Bob and I are very excited about some new furniture pieces that we are taking with us from Granny's house. We are headed back to Odessa next week to load a U haul up with a dresser, end tables, coffee table, dining room table, buffet serving piece and china cabinet. How great is that?! We don't have any of these so we are thrilled to be given such wonderful pieces and with them being Granny's makes them that much more special. I think each piece is so great but some may need a little refinishing to look more like my style. But the big question is what in the world is my style and how do I change the look of these pieces? New paint? New hardware? Please let me know if you have any ideas or tips!

Granny will be greatly missed and thought about very often. She was such an amazing woman and I am very blessed to have had her as my Granny.


Shann said...

Let me know if you need any help, we can defiantly come up with some fun ideas for you!

Helen said...

This is what my friend, Jody, did with her Nana's china cabinet and it looks great. So sorry for your loss.

Jennie Callahan said...

I am very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers!
God Bless,

Micki said...

Allison...I'm so sorry for you and your families loss...y'all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Lifethrualinds said...

What a sweet tribute to Granny...i love Ella's response. Adorable. I can't wait to see what you do with your new furniture in your new house! So much fun coming.

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