Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The thing about life and death...

is it's so predictable and yet so unpredictable. Why is that? Life begins and life ends everyday but somehow in between the loads of laundry, the two baths a day(because some little boy decides it's a good idea to put mustard, onion dip, ketchup, or really anything in his hair. If you can imagine it he has probably done it and then laughed about it!)and living from day to day we forget about life and death. We had the most unfortunate thing happen to us this past week. My very young mother in law, Elaine, passed away last Wednesday. She was diabetic and had been since she was 8 years old. She would have been 58 years young this month. She was a wonderful lady. She had faith unlike anyone I have ever seen. She had been through almost every illness that goes along with diabetes and she never lost her hope in Jesus. Doctor's said she wouldn't live past her early 30's and yet she lived to be almost 58. Ha! I guess God showed them! She was in a diabetic coma when my husband was younger and they didn't think she would wake up from it....but she did. She lost her foot and part of her leg about 5 years ago and she stood up and walked. She was strong willed, full of hope, full of faith, and full of love. She never once in all that she went through denied our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If someone who went through all of the sickness that she did, never turned away from God, then we who are healthy have no right to. She loved her grand babies more than life itself. She had 8 grandchildren that meant everything to her. Thankfully she was able to see all of them at least once more in the past couple of years before she passed away. I am thankful to her for raising such a Godly man, who is a wonderful husband and loving father.She was a loving mother, a proud grams, a wonderful sister and daughter and loyal friend. She is already missed but I know that she is in a much better place. In fact, both of my girls(who are 4 and 2 1/2) told me and my husband that they saw Grams and Jesus. Sweet Pea said,"I see Jesus kissing Grams on the head!" Sweetie Pie said, "I see Grams and Jesus running all around on her new leg!" You can call it what you want but I know that kids can't make that up. As my pastor's wife said, if we would just open up our hearts like children do and get rid of all the nonsense that's around us, we too would be able to see and speak to Jesus so easily. I am so blessed to have had her in my life. We love you Grams.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss Jess. :( Your family is in my prayers.

  2. Jessica,

    What a sweet post about your mother-in-law! What an amazing woman!!! I could not imagine what your family (especially Micah) is going through but what a wonderful thing to know that your girls are right - she is running with Jesus!


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