I have disappeared for a few months from Secondlife and my Blog. I want to thank all of you that read for hanging on and enjoying my posts.
My beloved Grams fell ill in December, she was a big part of my world since I was a very young child, a second mother to me, I spent summers, holidays and many weekends on my Grandparents farm until I moved away from in my late teens to venture out on a life of my own.
My grams may have been a farmers wife, but she was so fashionable, up with many of the latest trends, she really looked amazing whether it was attending church every Sunday or dance, get together, wedding, reunion, she always looked like she could grace the pages of a magazine. I spent the last few months scouring photo albums I had never seen and marveling at how stylish she always was at 4 foot 9 inches and about 100lbs, she was a tiny fashionista!
When she fell ill, I decided that I was going to spend as much time with her and my Gramps as I could, I had so many questions I wanted to ask, so many things I wanted to share with her about how she influenced my life, and how I appreciated growing up on the farm, working hard side by side with her as she taught me how to cook, can and preserve, sew, she attempted teaching me her crocheting skills but my fingers would have other ideas. She taught me about looking great without a lot of make up and feeling confident and never being afraid to try new things, reach out for my dreams, no matter what the outcome as long as I gave it my best shot. She was my biggest supporter in everything I did in my life, she was my best friend.
Sadly, after a stroke which left her unable to speak, she passed away January 19th 2012 at the age of 92. We laid her to rest this past weekend and in the last few weeks I have learned so much more about this amazing lady. She really lived many lifetimes in her 92 years, she lived with diabetis for 60 years, managed it amazingly, and gave to finding a cure in anyway she could. She won many ribbons at local fairs for her canning, crochet work, Embrodery work and hand sewn clothing, she worked tirelessly for the rights of underprivileged children so that they may have a fair chance in life. She raised 3 children, 7 Grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She traveled in her youth with my Grandpa who was the love of her life for 75 years, 73 of those years they were married!!! Thiers was a love story that will stay with me all my life, thier quiet affections for each other, always a smile, holding hands, all the way to the end, when my Gramps in his unconditional love for her, encouraged her to let go and be with her God, she would have eternal peace beside him in heaven. He didnt leave her bedside he stayed brushing back her hair, stroking her cheek and kissing her forehead, always reassuring her.
I am coming back in February which is the month of Love and with that I am dedicating this months blogs to my Grams and her love of fashion and her unconditional love of all her family, friends and my Gramps.
Thank you all for sharing in my love of Fashion in SL and to the amazing designers that give so much of themselves to be a part of our journey into new and exciting realms of design. I will give you a month of Romance with incredible designers and thier love of what they do.
I dedicate this to you Christine Rose, my beloved Grams, my second mom, my best friend, you will live on in my heart forever and in lives of so many that you touched with your love, kindness and wisdom. Be at peace with the angels.