The Story that is My Life

My life as it has been and as it continues to unfold is a story. One story made up of many stories. One complex, yet simple story. One sometimes messy, but so beautiful story. One story that I wonder if it might be interesting to be told.

This blog is my attempt to put part, or parts, of that story into words, pictures, or whatever form my mind can wrap itself around or create from within myself to express what it is like to be the one inside Cindy's Story. This is an exploration on my part and on yours in reading, and seeing, and maybe even hearing. It is not necessarily chronological. It might not always make sense, but it is my expression. It is me.

You are invited to see how my story unfolds.....

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"I Love You Grandma" - for Jeanette Marie Gabbert (Sept. 18, 1932 - Nov. 24, 2007)

(Read at her memorial, Dec. 7, 2007)



I love you Grandma...
  • for your spirit of adventure
  • for waterskiing and swimming with us at the lake
  • for taking me and my sister hiking and backpacking in the mountains with Grandpa
  • for going camping and staying at camp with us as Dad and Grandpa went hunting
  • for being a cool motorcycle grandma, riding with Grandpa in your red leather jacket

I love you Grandma...
  • for showing me that a girl can reach for the sky
  • for loving flowers and telling me all about them
  • for the way you like to take pictures of us kids and make us feel special

I love you Grandma...
  • for your open face grilled cheese sandwiches
  • for the homemade cookies you kept for us in the freezer
  • for your warm home baked blackberry pies made after our fingers turned purple from picking (and eating) the berries
  • for the way you whistled beautiful tunes twittering like a bird when you didn't even know you were doing it
  • for you beauty

I love you Grandma...
  • for working at the dentist's office so you were there for me when I was little and scared
  • for making going to the dentist fun as I grew up
  • for taking me shopping for a new outfit every year at Christmas when I was a little girl so we could be together (I felt so special)
  • for letting me pick out the clothes that were cool


I love you Grandma...
  • for loving and respecting Grandpa for over 50 years (You were so cute together)
  • for all the Sunday afternoons we spent with you as a family
  • for loving your family always and being best friends with your daughter as she was my mom
  • for loving Jesus and being an example for me of a Godly woman

I love you Grandma...
  • for letting me share your middle name, "Marie"
  • for loving me in all your special little ways
  • for saying, "I love you," and hugging me and kissing me on the cheek even when it was hard for you to remember who I was

I've missed you Grandma...
  • as I watched your personality gradually change with that horrible disease, Alzheimers
  • as you forgot who I was
  • as you forgot who Grandpa was
  • as you forgot who you were
  • as you slowly slipped away from us...

Now...I miss you Grandma...
  • as you have left us to be with Jesus, restored to your beautiful self
  • until you can give me that, "I love you," and hug and kiss on my cheek again

I love you forever.

Your oldest granddaughter,

Cynthia Marie