Sunday, March 30, 2014

on my mind and in my heart

My sweet grandma has not been doing well. She's been in the hospital twice this week and is there now. She suffers from advanced Alzheimer's - such a heartbreaking disease - and it just breaks my heart to not be able to hug her and tell her how much I love her in person (she lives in Puerto Rico).
This is how I like to think of her (pic circa 1995)...with the beautiful smile and those sparkling baby blues that can tell a story without saying a word.  Always finding something to laugh about...her faith, strength and resilience have inspired me all of my life.  She loves flowers, hence why she grabbed one of the silk ones out of my mom's jar to pose for this picture!

I came across these next 2 pics this weekend when I stumbled upon a box of old pictures while spring cleaning.  This was during one of my mom's visits to PR several years back.  She had just given her a cross I sent her and a picture of baby Grace.  I love how happy they both look!
If you happen to read this and you have a minute or two to spare, will you lift her up in prayer, please? Her name is Virginia, but we all lovingly call her Tata.
This one is a recent one - from January, age 89 - still as beautiful as ever!  Te quiero con todo mi corazon, Tata!
Thank you all so much for your prayers!
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9 comments:

Tonia Wood said...

Jessica-

After reading your story about your Tata, I sent out a prayer chain in my church. I know we don't know each other and I just read your blog, but I find everything you do so inspiring. You help me see things in a different way. We will keep your Tata and the rest of your family in our prayers. God Bless you and your loved ones,
Tonia-Minnesota

Spears said...

Praying for your family!

Jessica said...

Thank you both!!

Tonia~ I have tears in my eyes that you would do that for me! I'm very humbled by your act of kindness. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Bless your beautiful grandmother...

Riggers said...

As one who has been there, I'd say do whatever you need to do to get there and give Tata a hug!
Thinking of you, as you said, Altzeimers is a VERY cruel condition :-(

Jessica said...

Thank you both! I sure wish I could somehow magically transport myself to her bedside and give her my love in person rather than through the phone and in prayers.

sashagirl said...

So very happy to say a prayer for your precious Tata! I know how important a Grandmother is. I lost my precious "Mamaw Dillon" 32 years ago when I was just 13 years old and not a single day has gone by that I haven't thought of her and missed her dearly! Sending hugs and blessings to you and your precious family.

Jenni said...

Praying :)

Heather L. said...

I will pray for her! She and your mom look SO much alike. I am so sorry to hear that she is not doing well. I lost my grandfather to Alzheimers and it was awful =(