Tuesday, May 5, 2009

***Part of this post is from an earlier post in Dec. 2007....
When I was 5, my parents moved to upstate New York. We lived in New York until I was married. I then lived in Maryland, Florida, and now Kansas. When I was a kid, going to see my grandparents was the highlight of my year! There was NOTHING like it. I LOVED spending time with them. As I've previously mentioned, they were such special people to me. We would pile in the car and from NY, it was a good 12 hour drive. Finally, we would be in OH and finally I would see this sign...
When I saw this sign, I would get so excited because I knew that right around the bend, my grandparents were waiting for our arrival!! After I got married, I came for the 50th anniversary part in 1989 and again in 1991 or 1992. I then wasn't able to get back until Sarah's wedding in 2004. 12 years later!! As an adult, coming down that road and seeing this sign, I still got all excited because I knew my grandparents were just around the bend waiting for me.
This week we will travel to Ohio. I'll see that sign again. But they are not there waiting any longer. It's sad. I'm sad. But praise God, the story doesn't end there. Because they ARE waiting for me....just in a different home. In my mind, I could see the joyful reunion between my grandmother and grandfather as he entered the gates of heaven. I pictured my Aunt Sue in the crowd who gathered to welcome my grandpa home.
The tears are flowing as I picture this beautiful scene. Our family has suffered a loss. Donald & Anna Mae's legacies will continue on. This world is a better place because of their lives and heaven is all the sweeter because they are there.

3 comments:

The Horns said...

I'm so sorry about your loss, and you know that you will meet again.

Janet said...

Beautifully said Rebecca. I felt the same excitement when we would see the church steeple from a distance then looking for the "Country Club" hotel sign.
thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Heaven gets sweeter every day to me!

~Anna