It’s been a while since my last post. For those of you that are members of the congregation you know that these last few months have been quite the whirlwind for me. In September my grandmother, Alma Lee, passed away. She and I were very close. She was one of my favorite people in the world, and looking back on those months I see that the loss of her took more out of me than I was willing to admit.
She had suffered with Alzheimers for sometime. There were good days and bad days. Some days she knew you and some days she did not. Shortly before my grandmother passed away Mae and were blessed to be able to tell her that we were expecting and that our daughter’s name would also be Alma. As she smiled at us, the look in her eyes told me, that even if only for a brief moment, she understood. “I would be honored,” she said.
A little over three weeks ago Alma Grace made herself known to the world, and since that moment my heart has once again been full. Her name is a combination of the two things that I have most looked up to in my life, my beautiful grandmother and the grace of God that goes before us. I can honestly say that without both, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Thanks be to God, for grandmothers, for baby daughters, and for the gift of grace that pulls us, that straightens us, and that molds us.