Yesterday was the anniversary of Mom Graber's passing onto glory.
(I would have blogged yesterday but had to admit my own mother to the hospital with heart problems)
Kathern Marie Graber was born to Chris and Anna Graber.
This photo was taken just before Grandpa Graber passed away.
I love this picture of Grandma Graber reading her Bible.
Mom grew up in a modest home.
She is the youngest.
She attended Castleton highschool. It is also the same highschool that my Dad attended. In fact, in this picture below, she is in the front behind the drum and my Dad is behind her!
My Dad and Al's mother even had a couple of dates together!
I think that's a hoot!
In this photo, Al's mom is 4th from the left. My Dad is in the middle back.
After highschool, she went to business school.
She married Elmer (Bill) Graber, her 2nd cousin
She didn't even have to change her name!
Doesn't that make Al a 3rd cousin to himself?
But several years later, he fell in love with me!!
Mom had a profound influence on my life.
She was so kind. Never an unkind word for anyone.
My parents went back to Japan and she took me under her wings.
Taught me how to cut up a chicken and do so many other things!
She was a wonderful grandmother to our children!!
She rocked all of them in this rocker (which now is in my livingroom!)
Here they are meeting Mindy for the first time!
She always had M&Ms in hand for them!
We talked about dying...how the dying process is a little similar to birthing. The labor can be short (as was hers. She would barely make it to the hospital in time!) or can be very long. Dying can be sudden or be drawn out. Labor can be very painful. It must be scary for the infant. And the process of dying can be scary too. The parents are so anxious to meet their precious new one and have been preparing the room just for him. And Jesus is waiting for us and can't wait for us to come to the place He is preparing just for us! And once that infant is in the loving arms of his parents, there is no way that it would want to go back in the womb. In the same way, once we are welcomed by the Saviour, we will not long for this world.