Thursday, September 5, 2013

Our Southern Belle

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that our family has a very special Matriarch.   My Mom's mother, Mary.  But to us, she is Nana.  Nana is loved and adored by all.  We celebrated her 99th birthday only 4 short weeks ago. 
Nana is "plum wore out" as she would say.  I have been away from my blog, and from home, sitting with this sweet lady, along with all of the family.  We  hold her hand, share stories, make sure she is comfortable.  Last night, my Mom and daughter and nephew and I, even shared a bottle of wine while sitting in her room with her, telling favorite stories, laughing, and wiping away a tear or two.  Nana is tired, and ready to meet her maker.  We are making sure that her journey is peaceful. 
I will be back soon.
I end this with another Nana-ism,
Be Sweet!  Toodle Loo!!



41 comments:

Valerie Smith said...

Many special prayers to you and your family. I too lost my precious grandmother this year and I treasure every moment I spent with her.

Hugs,

Valerie

From the Kitchen said...

You, your family and Nana are in my southern heart at this time.

Best,
Bonnie

Gloria Baker said...

oh Dear always I think she is so sweet and love her when you talk about her. Prayers and love with you by this special times dear Kris!
xo

Bethany said...

Aw no! Thinking of you :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Oh bless your heart, Kris...you are right where you should be. Love and prayers being sent your way...XOXO

Tammy said...

I'll be thinking about you and your family! Love you lots!

Nana Go-Go said...

My Nana used to say 'I've lived too long' and perhaps Nana Mary is thinking the same. Celtic Blessings to her and her Beautiful Soul. How comforting for her to have you all around her at this time.
(My Mum's name is Mary and my little princess calls her Nana Mary).

Debby said...

What sweet pictures. She looks like a lovely lady. So glad you can be with her right now. Hoping that she is peaceful and blessed. ((((HUGS))))

a8383 said...

It is hard to let someone you love go no matter what their age... or yours. : ) You and your Nana are in my thoughts and prayers. Angela

priscilla said...

So sorry Kris.. Hugs and prayers for your family.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

God Bless your Nana! She is just lovely. I am going through the same thing with my mom, 86.
xoRobin

Sharon said...

I know you will treasure these moments with her and she will too. You seem like such wonderful people. I envy you for the family you have.

Pammy Sue said...

Oh, no. I'm so sorry. I know it is so hard. Saying a prayer for all of you.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Aww holding the hand of someone you love as they leave this earth is one of the most important things in life. God Bless you guys. See you soon.

Kelli said...

Prayers to you Kris. My sweet grandmother passed away last August and I spent as much time as I could with her those last few sweet days. Special memories were made.

Becky said...

God bless you and your sweet family Kris.
Please give " Nana" a kiss and hug for me. Someone from Ohio is holding her close in her heart.
I know how difficult it is. I'm keeping you all in my prayers. Love..... Becky

Mereknits said...

Oh Kris, I know this is a tough time, but hopefully knowing your Nana is loved and has had a wonderful long life helps.
Hugs to you my friend,
Meredith

Holly said...

Honey, I'm so so sorry. What a blessing you all are to her though. Thinking of you all.

NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, I've been missing you and wondered where you've been-now I know. My heart is sad for you all but thankful you've had so many years with Nana. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you and yours. May Nana just close her eyes and be in heaven quickly.
Noreen

by Teresa said...

Oh Kris.. I wish I could give you a big old hug. You are so lucky that you've been so close to her and that she had such a love-filled life. My parents moved us from Oklahoma to Oregon when I was 4 and I mourn the loss of being able to be with my grandparents more. We rarely saw them and then they were gone. Sad. I'm here for you if you need me. ((hugs)), Teresa

45th Parallel Quilter said...

God bless Nana, you and your entire family at this time. Prayers and thoughts are with you all. How wonderful that you get to spend time with her until she is called Home. Truly a blessing for all. Linda

Home Meadows said...

Thinking of you and sending hugs. Heather

Deb~in~Denver said...

Sending lots of love and hugs your way.

xo
Deb

Betsy said...

Praying for you and sending prayers up for you and your family and especially your Nana. The pictures tell the story of what a happy and beloved woman she is.
Blessings,
Betsy

The Garden Bell - Kate said...

Never far away. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Soak up each and every moment of this wonderful lady.

Debbie said...

Hi Kris! I have wondered about what was going on with you as you haven't posted recently, so I am glad you took the time to catch us up. How blessed you have been to have had this wonderful lady for soo long, and yet I know first hand how hard it is to let go. Cherish these last times with her, and I will pray it will be a smooth transition for her and you all. Big hugs to you!

Susanne said...

We are all spiritual beings going through a human experience here on earth. When God calls us home then that is when we truly begin to live. It is hard for those left behind because we miss the ones we loved. You will see her again,God has promised that. In the mean time, cherish what time is left, hold on to all the sweet memories. I know she is special to all of you.
(((HUGS))) Susanne ♥

Pam said...

I am thinking of you at this time. Remember the fun times. It's always nice seeing all your pictures of her and your mom and you and your kids and their kids on your blog. So many generations.
Hugs

Linda said...

My heart is breaking for you , Kris...
Be strong...
She looks like she has had a wonderful life..what else could you ask for...
You and your mom and girls look fantastic!
Thinking of you...

Linda :o)

Astri said...

Thinking of you and your lovely family Kris. Lots of love to you and take care.

Melissa C said...

oh my, my heart strings are tugged. What a blessing you are to her to just be there. and to just sit with her. and tell stories. and laugh. I bet she enjoys your presence.
hold on to those stories...

hugs to you.

Lauri said...

What a fortunate woman to be surrounded with so much love as she leaves this world. I'm sure there are those on the other side who are anxiously awaiting her arrival. Much love to you and your family.

Pam said...

What a beautiful woman who is so loved. I think your family is incredible and I love how you are all there for Nana at the end of her life. My thoughts & prayers are with you. xoxo

Jeanna said...

Sending prayers to you, your family and Nana.

Lindz said...

She is such a cute lady from the pics I have seen here and on Genn's blog!! How lucky she is to have all of you by her side!! :)

Vanessa said...

Sending you lots of Hugs and Love from Germany! It´s not easy to say good bye to a loved one. My Thoughts are with you and your Family. Your Nana will never be far away from you all, she will live in your Hearts and Memories.

Taciana Simmons said...

I'm praying for you and your family and wishing you have a peaceful time while with your family. It looks like your Nana is a wonderful, happy woman and one can only be happy for having her in their lives. Thinking about you and praying for you and your family my dear friend.

Cheapchick said...

A very tough but special time for you. Be grateful for every moment. Hugs.

Whosyergurl said...

Kris,
What precious photos. What a sweet love story. I can tell your family loves and upholds your Grandma with all of your might.
I'm thinking of you and yours and praying angels will be all around.
Love, Cheryl

Debbiedoos said...

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Looks like Nana enjoyed life to the fullest, and what a beautiful smile she had and I am sure she has lit up many of rooms in her day. Find peace and comfort at this time Kris. XO

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What happy memories you gave your Nana and she gave you! It is heartwarming to know she was surrounded by those who loved her in her last days. May she rest in peace!