“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21
Yesterday was the fifth death in our family since September. JT's mamaw, a lady he loved so dearly who was so full of life until the last year or so, took her last breath. She was such a cool lady...in the nine and a half years of knowing her, I have tons of fun stories. I say fun because she only wanted two things from those around her: for you to laugh and for you to eat. You could tell her you were dieting or you had just eaten....it did not matter. Even last week when we were there and she sat, refusing to eat herself, she made us eat. When we told her we were going to adopt Tedi, we were nervous that someone born in 1916 may have issues with race (because many people born many years later did). Her response. "I don't care what color he is. He will be mine and I love him." That speaks volumes of her character. I will save the stories, though, for JT to tell. He will likely be speaking at her funeral and I will let him write about it himself.
But in these sad times, I must still stop and thank God....for the sunrise and Tedi's laugh and how my Grandma would have loved watching Kentucky play in the SEC Championship and how JT's mamaw made the best chili and telling a boy his cancer is gone and the random phone calls from my sister and cards from my friends and the comfort of hearing JT's breath while he sleeps. God truly gives the blessings, the comforts in life. And during the sad times, He is the only to give the peace as well. A few posts ago, I wrote about the song Blink....and this is yet another example. Things change in the blink of an eye...because just yesterday JT's mamaw was telling me this joke the first time I met her...
Mamaw: Dear, did you know I have a lawsuit out against the city of Louisville?
Me: Oh no, Why? (a little confused?)
Mamaw: Because they are building the sidewalks too close to my ass? (she was 4'8")
Below are pictures of the family members we have loved and lost in the last several months....
Margaret Mulloy Smith
February 4, 1916 - March 12, 2011
Elijah James Folden
January 16, 2011 - January 23, 2011
Thomas Eugene Stewart
March 25, 1913 - September 22, 2010
Virginia Audaley Morris
February 9, 1930 - September 25 , 2011
Margaret "Margie" Gail Folden
1954 - September 17, 2010
(Margie is holding the flowers and Mamaw is in the middle)