Sunday, May 31, 2009

Grandma Glass

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My grandma, Marian Glass, went home to be with Jesus on May 20. I miss her, but it's for selfish reasons. She is forever safe, forever healthy, and forever free from pain. 
Over the past two weeks, memories have flooded my mind; memories that I want to share with my family now, and my kids some day. Grandma's house was an hour away from ours; when we were younger, this allowed for lots of sleepovers. My sisters and I shared the room with the bunk bed/trundle. I would worry that the bed was going to collapse on me since it had been around since my dad was young:) The house sits on a big hill with a creek at the bottom. All the cousins would roll or sled down the hill, depending on the season. Grandma had the best toboggan! We would catch turtles, or watch John and Blakey catch turtles, and count them in the bucket. Christmas time holds the most memories with my grandma. Usually right on Christmas day there'd be a great meal (with lots of mashed potatoes for Emily), Barbie game-playing (Abi never cared if her boyfriend was Poindexter), John and I sharing our bench when we got old enough to be a the adult table, cheating with the Rubik's cube, taking candy canes off the tree, playing with the train, sitting in front of the fire or space heater, wrapped in Grandma's shawls, white elephant exchange fun, Grandma's hand made gifts for us, and a lot of sharing and catching up with family. Grandma made delicious chocolate cakes for each of our birthdays, each year! She spent countless hours watching our sporting events, from AYSO soccer games to college volleyball. She brought treats for my team during preseason on several occasions. She would stop by my dorm room to bring chocolate chip cookies. She knew all my roommates and my teammates, and they all called her Grandma Glass. 
The memories that stand out the most right now are the more recent ones. One year ago, Grandma drove to our house to meet Luke, her sixth great-grandchild, when he was a week old. She just sat on the couch and stared at him; she told me she didn't want to let go. I had the privilege of watching Grandma line dance at one of her classes. She was pretty good! I remember sitting at her kitchen table on a beautiful day this March while she got excited because we let her eat the crust piece of a loaf of bread I made. Only a few days before she died, she was at our house to celebrate Luke's first birthday. She loved holding him and watching him play with the little egg shaker that she kept in her purse for him. She brought it for him to keep that day. I am so thankful, as I look back, that God gave me a treasured last memory of my grandma. I can see Luke taking steps, on his own, toward her and giving her neck a squeeze before she left. I gave her a hug and we both said "I love you." 
As I worshipped in church this past Sunday, I was in awe of the joy around me and the joy I felt about praising God. It made me think about what Heaven must be like on a Sunday morning, or every morning for that matter. Grandma is worshipping WITH God, and I cannot imagine a more joyous scene. Thank you, God, for preparing such home for us.
I love you, Grandma.

Monday, May 18, 2009

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Happy 1st Birthday, Luke!

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Luke had a fun-filled Sunday afternoon with his family. They were all in town to celebrate his birthday. (We did miss Aunt Jen and Aunt Bekah!) I know it sounds cliche, but it is hard to believe that a whole year has blown by since we brought our little baby home from the hospital. He has brought so much joy and excitement to our lives, and his birthday party was no different. He received many new toys from his wonderful family. He tasted cake and frosting for the first time; I think he liked it! He played outside. Most importantly, he got lots of loving! It was a great day!

Friday, May 15, 2009

One Year Old

My Sweet Luke,
One year ago today, your daddy and I got to meet you for the first time. We had prayed and waited for you for nine long months, and we were so excited when, on May 15, you were ours to hold.
I am amazed at the way you have changed and grown in the past year. My love for you has grown each day, with each cry, each smile, each new discovery. You are a joy in my life, and I am so lucky to be with you every day! You are a precious son. I thank God that I get to be your mommy, and I pray that you will let Him find a home in your sweet heart.
May 15 will always be a day to remember the joy and love that filled my heart when you were born. I love you, Luke Michael! 
Love, Mommy 

Little Man!  
It is so hard to believe that you are already a year old!  Getting to see you each day and see how you change makes time fly by!  You've brought so much joy to Mommy and I; your contagious smile, hearty giggles and your loving hugs melt our hearts everyday!  I love coming home each day to see what new adventures you've discovered.  I can't wait to see what God has in store for us as a family and for you as my little man!  Happy first birthday and I look forward to many more!  I love you, Luke Michael!!!
Love, Daddy

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Such a BOY!

Ok, before you watch this video, please know that I do intend to teach our son to be a gentleman and act politely and not do gross things. HOWEVER, I love hearing him laugh, and I'll pretty much do anything to hear him giggle. We just like to have fun! At dinner one night, Luke let a little burp slip out and then thought it was a pretty funny sound. He started giggling, so I imitated the noise and he laughed even harder. (disclaimer....I am not really burping, just making a noise with my mouth. I promise!) 

Congratulations, Jen!

Last weekend, we were in Holland celebrating Mike's sister, Jen's, graduation. She graduated from Hope with a BSN and we are so proud of her! She is the last of the Grasmans to finish up college, hard to believe. It was a beautiful weekend, and the tulips were in full bloom. Luke had fun playing with his cousins and wishing he could run around with them!