A week and a half ago, my wife's grandmother passed away. They were very close, as she was and is to all of her grandparents. As her grandfather had already passed, the house now stands empty. Well, that's not entirely true. Though the physical presence of her grandparents are gone, the memories and the reminders of love still fill the home.
It is fascinating to see what people keep near to them. Her chair was her home base.
Though she lived by herself, she wasn't alone. She had a loving family that visited most everyday. Plus, she had other mouths to feed.
My wife's grandparents were collectors as well, as many in this generation are. From antiques to bells, clocks and toy tractors, there was plenty for the grandkids to explore.
The most humbling photo, though, is this grocery list. It's reminder that no matter what we plan for the future, life can have plans of its own.
While the passing of a loved one is hard, I know the life she lived. As a faithful Christian, she no longer lives in the pain of old age and her struggles are over. That's the beauty of a life in Christ. And as I, my wife and our family live with conviciton, we live with hope. We never truly have to say goodbye.