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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Living Example

It's so great to get to know others through The Grand Connection! A friend of mine, Sharon Ball, is such an encouragement to me! You've probably read some of her comments.

After Sharon lost her grandmother, she wrote a beautiful post in her own blog, "A Break from the Norm." She graciously gave me permission to share it with you:

This has been a difficult week for my family as we have said goodbye to my grandmother who we all will miss. The homegoing celebration was yesterday, July 14, 2010, and my grandmother was 83 years old. During the memorial service, as friends and family talked about how she touched their lives, I was amazed at all of the new things I learned about her. For example, I never knew until yesterday that my grandmother graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Home Economics in 1951. I had always known that she was very active in her church and community, but I didn’t know the extent of her far-reaching involvement until yesterday.

As a powerful woman of God, my grandmother lived her life in a way that truly reflected God’s love and provided a living example of how to be in the world, but not of the world. She was the kind of person who never, and I mean never, gossiped about other folks in any way, shape, or form, and she was not a hypocrite. She had faith, but she also had works that went along with her faith, and she helped all of God’s children to the best of her ability. She was an amazing mother and grandmother, full of wisdom, guidance, love and patience that touched and changed lives. I know she is with Jesus, and I can’t wait to see her again when our Lord returns.

I’ll leave you with these few words…love your family and show your love while there is still life left in your body. No day is promised, so love fully, completely, and with reckless abandon, for in doing this we please our Heavenly Father.  
                                                                            — Sharon

Sharon, thanks for reminding us to love our families while we can. You are so right about no one being promised tomorrow. I look forward to meeting your wonderful grandmother one day in Heaven!

Have a great week,

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Sharon Ball said...

Mary, what a blessing to see my post here today. Thank you for honoring me and my grandmother.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks for allowing me to share your wonderful post, Sharon!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sharon,
What a beautiful legacy. Your grandmother’s faith, good works, patience, wisdom, and compassion will live on. Sweet memories of your nurturing grandmother will sustain you.
Affectionately, Rita G.

Anonymous said...

Sharon, what a beautiful memory of your grandmother. My parents never permitted gossip in our home and it is a reflection of who they were. It tells us the story of the life your grandmother lived.
She left a marvelous legacy. Rita

Anonymous said...

That is a lovely remembrance of your grandmother. When you stated she never gossiped I was drawn to her because my mother never permitted gossip in our home. A beautiful memory. Bless you. Rita G.