Monday, October 25, 2010


Look at these sweet hands!
Granny left us April 13th, 2010 but her birthday was yesterday.
What a blessing she was and still is to our whole family.

I remember last year at this time she was making Apple butter.
Her kitchen smelled so good.

I have had the hardest time trying to figure out
what to put on this post to honor Granny.
I miss her so much.

Then as I was going through pictures I remembered how Granny
 reached the world with her quilts and  her love of the Lord.
I will never forget this day.  My best friend, Vicki and I met at Granny's house to visit her.
If Granny wasn't quilting, she was working a word search puzzle.
When we walked in she looked like a queen sitting here.
This picture still brings a smile to my face.
The Lord and Granny's quilts along with her family were her passion.
Granny lived a simple life that didn't require much.
What an example for us all.

Remember Granny's one pin???
As I was looking through the pictures to put on here, I found a picture of a framed tribute that my Aunt Joyce (Granny's daughter) wrote in honor of her.  It sounds like that she wrote it for Granny's Church but I am not sure. This framed tribute is very old and was actually typed on a typewriter. I can remember this being in Granny's bedroom for many years.  While you read this tribute, remember that this was written by Granny's daughter before Granny had reached the world through something she never even understood....the internet.
The Lord knew long ago that Granny would touch more lives than just her circle of friends. 
Granny touched the world!
Thank you all for blessing Granny.

Tribute To My Granny
Written by her daughter, Joyce, in honor of her Mother

My Mother is a shining example of how to truly live.  About the age of six years old I noticed something different about my Mother.  We had began to go to a new church and my Mother was filled with a new joy.  She told me this joy was the result of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Through the years, she has stood firm in her spiritual commitment, convictions, and beliefs in spite of the trials and upheavals that all families endure. My Mother has an ongoing, enduring love for all persons. She expresses this love in support, acceptance, prayer and forgiveness to her fellow man.

Many times in my life, I doubted her ability to endure with this Christian love, but she has not only endured but has grown every day and has touched the lives of more than she will ever know.  She continues to be filled with the Holy Spirit which guides and sustains her.  Because she continues to be spirit led, we, her personal family and her church family have benefited.  We, her children feel like the richest family ever to be blessed with this wonderful person in our lives and we know that you do also.

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


Amelia said...

Such a wonderful tribute to a very precious lady who now resides in Heaven. She did touch many lives during her years on earth! May her memory always live on in our hearts.

Anonymous said...

Granny was an inspiration to all of us. This is a wonderful tribute to her. I remember one time you recorded her thanking folks for cards, gifts, and for buying her quilts. Her love of the Lord was so evident. When I look at the photo of her hands, I think of all the loving work they did over the years. Thanks for sharing her with all of us.

Nanci said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Granny. I will always remember how you cherished her and wanted so much to share her love and quilting talents with your world. I am privileged to own one of her quilts and feel her love as I cuddle under it. Thanks for sharing her with us!

Pat said...

You did the perfect post for Granny's birthday remembrance. Thanks for sharing her with us in the past...and once again today, too!

Allie said...

I am so thankful that through you, Val, we've been blessed to know Granny. I love the tribute. I hope she knows now how many lives she touched, and what a blessing she was and continues to be!

Alice Grace said...

The tribute was so true of Granny! Any time she was with anyone she never failed to talk about how good her Lord had been to her. Happy birthday, Granny!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a beautiful tribute to Granny. Thanks so much for sharing the poem and for sharing Granny with all of us. We have all been touched by Granny's faith and her love. She is an inspiration to all of us.

Susannah said...

Val.....Granny was a joy and I am so glad that I got to know her through you. She was the bright spot to so many. Please know that I was thinking about her yesterday on her birthday. I know you must miss her terribly.


Maria said...

What a beautiful tribute to Granny.
I enjoyed seeing all the pics of her agin.
Keep strong.

Marydon said...

Heart felt emotions reading your tribute of/to Granny, Valerie. She touched so many more lives than you all can ever know ...

That must be her star twinkling like a diamond in the sky tonight.

Happy birthday & angel blessings to one wonderful woman.

Hugs, Marydon

Anonymous said...

After all...To ascribe Granny as a follower of Jesus Christ, filled with His Spirit says it all! She lived Him and shared Him!!!

Michelle said...

Happy birthday granny. You did a wonderful job remembering and honoring your granny. Thank you for sharing!

Emma said...

I am proud to share Granny's birthday! I hope that someday I will leave as much of an impact on the world as she did!

Darla said...

Sweet. I will always be a Granny Fan!!

Granny J said...

This is the perfect post to honor Granny and the tribute is lovely. I remember when the hard drive on my computer crashed and I couldn't find the link to your blog when I got the new hard drive. By the time I found your blog again Granny had gone to heaven. I always looked forward to seeing what color combinations Granny was using in her quilts. She made the simplest pattern but you could just see that it was made with love.

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Thank you for your sweet comment to my last post. I have not been blogging as much as I am cleaning and reorganizing in the house in preparation of the Holiday Tour of Homes.
As I have worked in the upstairs guest bedroom and moved linens around, I frequently open up the closet and see my "Granny's quilt". I always feel warm inside, remember pictures from your Granny posts, and with a silent prayer vow to be as active and live my life to be as well loved and productive as Granny.
Your tribute you Granny caused tears to stream down my face as read the post.
I am going to copy and place your latest Granny post with my quilt.

Needled Mom said...

She was such an inspiration to many of us through your posts, Val. You always had such a way of capturing her life through the pictures you shared.

Michelle in Virginia said...

Beautiful post about Granny - Val. It was perfect.....

Connie said...

A beautiful tribute to GRANNY! She was an inspiration to all of us. You done a wonderful job! have a great day!

Julie said...

I miss her, too. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful woman with us all. She indeed reached many across this great earth. God bless. Julie

PEA said...

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful person inside and out. I so miss Granny as well, seeing new pictures of her, finding out what quilt she was working on, etc. She truly did touch a lot of our lives and we will never forget her. I feel blessed that you were able to share her with us, for that I can't thank you enough!!! xoxo

caknitter said...

It's so nice to see pictures of Granny again. :-)

anti snore said...

Thanks for sharing her with us!I love the tribute.Her work is great.

elsie123 said...

Such a nice tribute. We all hope to be as active and inspirational as she was.

Cheryl said...

I just happened upon your blog and have been reading about your granny. What a wonderful woman!! You were so blessed to have her in your life for so long and she seemed to be blessed with a wonderful family. So touching!! My mom is 93, doesn't quilt like me but the kids and grandkids just love their Bobchi. We are so lucky to hear the stories about life way back when. We have to cherish these days.