This Easter 2017 was the first. First holiday I didn’t walk through the door and see my grandmother cooking up a storm in her kitchen. First time I didn’t see her smile with pure joy as she watched her great grandkids hunt Easter eggs. And lastly first time I felt the ache of celebrating a holiday with someone you love missing. I once read that you shouldn’t share about heartache or messy topics on your blog because your audience doesn’t want to read about that, but I just can’t do that. I view my brand as an extension of me and my heart. Right now my heart is filled at alternating times with equal parts joy and sorrow.
I remarked to Stephen yesterday that Mammaw loved Easter. She loved every holiday, especially Christmas and Easter. She loved having reasons to celebrate, reasons to gather her beloved family together around the table. Is there a purer heart or motive for loving holidays?! At Mammaw’s Celebration of Life my brother talked about “The Table,” and how Mammaw’s life was a representation of that. Both her and pappaw were gatherers of people! They always brought people from all walks of life into their home and gave them a resting place. No matter what someone was like they were welcomed with open arms. Mammaw was a beautiful Jesus follower because all were welcomed at her table.
Yesterday though her absence was strongly felt, we celebrated as a family! We gathered around the table adorned with her favorite Easter decorations…talked, ate, and laughed. I am so thankful that I have the hope of seeing her again. Because of Jesus there is victory in death. Death isn’t the end of her story, her story and all of our stories are still being written. Happy Easter 2017 Friends!