Tuesday, November 16, 2010

{Gratitude - day 10}

Bret's grandma passed away early this morning.

She was the epitome of kindness, unconditional love, hard work and service.

When we were first married and living in Utah we would visit St. George twice a month and stay with her. She would get up before we did to make homemade waffles and bacon because she knew it was our favorite.

It was at her home where Bret first told me he loved me. In fact, before he did, Grandma pulled me aside and squeezing my hand whispered "I think he loves ya...I know I do".

Whenever anyone asks me to think of a person who I want to be like she, (along with a few others) comes to mind.

If I could be just a little bit more like Dorothy Ruesch it would be a change for the better.

She was a joy to be around and could make a homemade roll that I have yet to find anyone else who's rolls compares.

To describe her in one of her own phrases she would use...she truly was "An angel with heavy shoes".

Today I am ever thankful for this wonderful woman and the knowledge that families can be together forever.


Melia said...

A beautiful post of a beautiful lady. Love you!

Amy Wysocki said...

Thank you Erica for posting such a wonderful post on a truely amazing woman! Love you!

Debbi said...

OH I am so sorry Bret and Erica. It sounds like she was an amazing woman. I have really enjoyed reading all your gratitude posts...they are so inspiring. We will be praying for you guys:)

Pattersons said...

such a lovely tribute to bret's grandmother! she sounds like she was indeed an angel:)

Cristy said...

Our thoughts are with you! Never easy when someone passes, but a lovely tribute.

Sarah said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like a truly amazing woman with a life lived to the fullest. I love the beautiful tribute you wrote. I think you're more like her than you realize :)

Lisa said...

Hi Erica,
We have never met, but I wanted to tell you how much I loved your grandma Dorothy. To me, she was Mrs. Reusch, the Dixie Jr. High School Librarian. I love books more than life itself and always have. Mrs. Reusch was often feeding my habit. We used to play a game where I would skip class and hide in a corner of the library to read, and she would pretend not to see me for at least one class period, then she would shoo me back to class with a few extra books. When I 'graduated from the Jr. High, she wrote a letter to my mother telling her all kinds of good things about me. I still have it. My mother, Norma Dooley, would tell me each time she ran into Dorothy, she would ask about me and how I was doing. My mother told me that Dorothy was so proud that I am now a librarian at a local community college, she almost busted her buttons. She has been, and will always be, my best book buddy, my favorite librarian, my hero, and my friend.

Lisa Dooley-Saatzer
Crescent City, Ca

{Erica} said...

Thank you Lisa! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I made sure to forward your comment on to Bret's family...I know they will appreciate it.

What a small world we live in! I am not sure how you found my blog or if you'll even see this but in the off chance that you come back to see if I had responded I wanted to be sure and thank you.

Dorothy was one of my heros.