Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Grandmother

I actually wrote this 2 yeas ago after my grandmother passed away. I never really finished writing it. I think at the time I was just sad and needed a break. Very shortly after that we found out that Cole was on his way at which point I was so exhausted I had to hibernate for the next 3 months. And after that time just ran away from me. So, 2 and a half years later, here it is...

 My grandmother past away on June 16th. It's a day that I have tried not to think about my whole life. There are some things in life that I have truly dreaded but when they happen it was not as hard as I imagined. This was every bit as hard and sad as I imagined. While I am still very sad and will always miss her I am peaceful knowing she is wit the Lord and that she had a wonderful wonderful life. I am so blessed to have had her 33 years of my life.
My grandmother was the most organized person you would have ever met. Everything in her house was exactly in it's place and labeled with little notes. She was like that in life and she took it to her grave. Her funeral was very well planned out and organized down to the detail. I have obviously never had to plan a funeral but I am sure there must be a lot of details. Because she was so organized and well planned we were able to add a lot of special details. 

I KNOW she would have been so happy to see what we added.
We were all given the opportunity to say something at her funeral. I wasn't even going to kid myself that I would be able to get 2 words out. Fortunately my Aunt Karen offered to read for me. This was what I wrote.

Maureen Williams Norwood
It was not hard to come up with things to say about my grandmother. I can think of hundreds of ways that she was a great daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.
We have always lived close to my grandparents. It was easy for them to come to a school performance, a holiday or just a visit. I have been spoiled to have them so close by my whole life.
As a child I would spend the weekend at their house on occasion. My grandmother would have card games, sewing projects, and Blue Bell ice cream waiting for me.
Some of my favorite memories are of her and I playing cards. I think all the grand kids had their own game with her. Mine was Old Maid. She was the best and sweetest grandmother but when she played a card game she wanted to win. We had some pretty competitive games of Old Maid. I think it became less fun for her when I began to win every game. Though she grew suspicious she never did figure out how I became an Old Maid champion. I guess I should have told her at some point that the Old Maid card was just a slightly different shade of blue than the others.
When I was about 7 we went through a phase where we would sit in the big rocking chair and read Nancy Drew mysteries. A few years ago we were talking about that and laughing because I finally admitted to her that a villain in one of the books had really scared me. I still remember it was “the man with the crinkly ear”.  She wondered why I didn’t tell her at the time. I didn’t tell her because I really loved when we read the books together and I didn’t want her to stop reading them to me.  It’s one of my very favorite memories.
As I was sitting and thinking about what I wanted to share, all sorts of memories came flooding back to me. One that stuck out to me is when she began writing the Norwood family book. There was no back then. It was straight old fashioned research. We took a trip to Washington DC so she could visit the Library of Congress. Then, she and my grandfather went England to research and visit the Norwood Manor in Leckhampton. When it came time to type the book she bought a computer. Most people didn’t have home computers back then but she bought a computer and learned how to use it.  When I think about how she wrote the book I can see that she set her mind to the task and she did it right. As a side note to the Washington DC trip, she packed a whole suit case for us that just had candy and snacks in it. What a wonderful grandmother! She did that right too!
She had 4 granddaughters. I think we have probably all came to her at some point and asked her to teach us to sew. I was no different. When I would spend the weekend at her house we would go to the fabric store, pick out a pattern and fabric and begin our project. She taught me to always wash the fabric first to pre shrink. We would carefully piece and sew our project. Sometimes I would mess up and she would show me how to go back and rip the seam to re-sew it.  She always reminded me not to get in a rush, just to take my time. She was teaching me how to do it right.
I remember asking her one Christmas to write about her life in a journal I had given her. I just wanted to know the details her story. She has had an amazing life. Instead of just writing in the journal she typed out the story of her life, added pictures and had it bound for all of her grand kids. She didn’t just do it right, she went above and beyond.
I really could go on and on. In thinking about her and her life it always seemed that she set her mind to a task and she not only did it right but often went above and beyond. She was loving, giving, selfless, fun, often tireless, and talented and though she would often tell me her memory was bad I actually think she had a remarkable memory. She was a wonderful storyteller.
However you knew her, Maureen, Mother, Mamaw, Grammy, Mimi, Gran or Mrs. Norwood, she did it right. She will be greatly missed.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Oh The Places You Will Go

Yesterday was a special day. (This was written a month ago.) My mother, sister in-law and I threw my "not so little anymore" cousin, Kelly, and graduation brunch.  Daughter of my favorite Aunt Cindy and Uncle Al (no I swear I am not just saying that because as a kid Al would hold me upside down by my feet until I said he was), I was 15 when she was born and remember it very clearly. We rushed right over to the hospital after school to see her. Kelly was a sweet and very bright baby who grew up into a very intelligent beautiful young lady. I babysat her quite a bit and we had lots of fun.
I know we have seen this pic before on this blog but this was back in the 90's before every pic was uploaded to the computer. :)

Our theme was "Happy Endings and Sweet Beginnings". I thought this so appropriate as our valedictorian graduates from Stratford High School and spends an amazing summer in Paris with her friends before she heads off to conquer the University of Texas. 

Flora And Muse

The menu, complete with the orange "Kellytini".

Our theme lent itself perfectly to a candy bar center piece...

and K cupcakes.

When I got married one of my mom's friends threw us a blessings dinner with close friends and family. Each guest wrote down a blessing, prayer or piece of advice for Luke and I. Then, when I was pregnant with Luke II, Katie brought the blessings tree to my shower where my friends wrote blessings, prayers and sweet thoughts to our family. These are some of the most special memories I have of the best events in my life. The cards are alive and well in our wedding book and baby book.
Well, why stop there. How about a well wishes, blessings and sweet thoughts tree for graduation.
If you love this banner, my sister in law has become an expert! 


Kelly and her room mate for next year


Me taking a pic for my blog of Katie taking a pic for hers.

We had such a good time. Kelly is going to go amazing places in her life. I can't wait to see!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Back bLogged

I have been working on a few entries for a while. Scroll down for more new posts. :)

From 2 to 23: A Blessed Family

On May 25th, 1941, this couple was married and started a family. On April 23rd, 2011, this family got together to celebrate their 70 years of marriage.

1 couple, 2 sons + 2 wives, 5 grandchildren + 5 spouses, & 7 great grandchildren = 23
I don't think there are a set of parents/grandparents/great grandparents that are more loved or respected. They claim all of our spouses as their own. My grandmother always says, "We don't have a bad one in the bunch.". The legacy and example that they have set for us is amazing and truly blessed.
There has never been any questions where their priorities lay. Their faith in Jesus Christ has always been put first followed closely by their love and support for family.

7 Great Grans!

Luke II lovin' his Gran.

Old friends.

We also celebrated my grandfather's 90th birthday which will be in June. This cake was a walk down memory lane.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Psalm 37:23

Arkansas, Oklahoma, Navy, Texas, Monarch Homes, Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship, 90th Birthday

The 2 youngest, Baily and Luke II. They became fast friends.
Luke II and his Aunt Katie!
Who said the Norwood's can't let loose???