This week some of our staff and volunteers are honoring special women in their life. See the end of the post for a special giveaway!!
My dad’s mom recently passed away and I had the honor of speaking at her funeral. Nannie was a precious treasure in our family and this is what I shared in her memory:
Proverbs 31:10 says a wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good not harm all the days of her life.” A wife and mother has a tremendous role in her home. Many might say the thermostat of keeping the family temperature. Nannie couldn’t have fulfilled hers with more gentleness and sweetness. Never one to raise her voice, she mothered her children with love and kindness. Always there for them. Always taking care of their needs. And always cooking something delicious.
It’s these regular ordinary daily tasks that add up over a lifetime. It brings us here today celebrating the life of a regular ordinary woman who is larger than life to her family.
3 things we could share with you:
1.) It’s not what you GET, it’s what you GIVE. My grandparents always had an open home. They loved nothing more than filling it with friends and family. Didn’t matter where, when, who. Anyone and everyone was always welcome. Pop would BBQ and Nannie would be in the kitchen fixing the rest. Around their house, friends and family blended into one big special clan. Sharing not just their home but their love, life and laughter was second nature to them which in turn became a part of all of us.
2.) Food nourishes more than just a body. Charlotte Russe, chicken salad on white bread, vanilla ice cream, Christmas snack mix and haystacks in the tin containers and don’t you think of having a meal without a dessert. Nannie made sure every one of us had a sweet tooth. Every Sunday, all of us gather for lunch at Nannie’s and I promise you it was more than our bodies getting filled. It shapes your soul to be surrounded with the love and understanding of a family. It gives you a soft place to fall. And a shelter from the world. Nannie’s kitchen holds court to not just great recipes but family bonding we cherish.
3.) Most important- you are superbly wealthy if you are surrounded with love. Our culture tells us the person with the most money wins but at the end of your journey, it won’t be a dollar or possession that brings comfort. This past Sunday we had a very special day with Nannie. At the end of our life should all hope to be surrounded with that much love. Truly, nothing-not.one.thing.-matters as much as that.
The best of Nannie and Pop are Peggy; Herbert; Ernest; Mike;Laura; and Morgan. These 6 kids are the most long lasting investment my grandparents made. Then 6 became 12 grandchildren which became 4 great grandchildren and counting:) We don’t say goodbye to Nannie because her gift to all of us was this: FAMILY. And it stays with us forever.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, Proverbs goes on to say. Her children arise and called her blessed and her husband also praises her. Many women do noble things, but Nannie surpassed them all.
“Etched upon my Heart” is a new book by Jill Kelly, wife of NFL quarterback Jim Kelly. The couple has been through many ups and downs and Jill’s new book shares some of the unforgettable moments in their lives. It’s a perfect Mother’s Day gift or to honor any woman who is special in your life! Leave us a comment telling us about your mom, grandma, aunt or friend and be entered to win a copy of Etched upon my Heart! Thursday at noon (CST) is the cut off!