Remembering Grandma PDF Print E-mail
Written by OHmommy   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:00

In 2009 we learned that Grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time and although the kiddos were too little to really comprehend what was going on, we filled her home with sloppy childish artwork that she proudly displayed. She loved them. From the "art" in her front hallway to crayon pictures of teeth in the dental office to handwritten notes taped on her kitchen cabinets - the kids' artwork, however juvenile, was always greatly admired.


It's been five months since we lost Grandma.


Her grave site has no markers but a plastic wreath we placed on our last visit.  We took advantage of a gorgeous spring day (I told them that Grandma had ordered it) to leave her a little bit of what she loved the most. Artwork made from the heart by the three grandchildren she adored.


Jeff purchased some wood and primed it while the kids and I hit the craft store.



We picked colors we knew Grandma liked.



And got serious about our designs.



All of their designs included a flower. She loved flowers so much that she did our wedding flowers and out shined any of Martha Stewart's work.



Two hours and twenty-six dollars later, we had three beautiful crosses for Grandma.



I don't know if it's okay, per cemetery guidelines, to place three colorful childish crosses on a grave site but I do know that Grandma smiled.



Because we left a little bit of ourselves with her.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2012 21:17


# Janet 2012-04-23 21:12
They are beautiful.
# Kirsten 2012-04-23 21:13
Lovely. I bet she would prefer those to the most expensive gravestones. What a great thing for your kids to do.
# Gina 2012-04-23 21:17
So sweet.
# Jaime 2012-04-23 21:21
Pauline, you are a woman who gets it. What a wonderful gift to Grandma. Tears in my eyes for a wonderful woman, who definitely ordered the lovely day and is very proud of those kids...and their parents, too.
# Loukia 2012-04-23 22:05
Aw,Pauline, I think this is the most beautiful thing. I love the crosses, personalized by each grandchild. These wooden crosses are so much more beautiful than other options like your typical gravestone or whatever they're called. I remember seeing Audrey Hepburn's grave, and it was just one wooden cross. Classy, elegant. Just like she was.
# Kellie 2012-04-23 22:13
Such a beautiful gift to Grandma, and to your children! They will remember this - and it will help them heal. (You too!)
# amy 2012-04-24 04:55
They are beautiful, the kids and the artwork and what a gift. xoxoxo
# kelley 2012-04-24 06:27
Beautiful. Methinks they will make everyone who visits their loved ones smile.

# dysfunctional mom 2012-04-24 07:44
Oh, Pauline, this is so beautiful & touching! What a wonderful idea.
# Jill 2012-04-24 08:48
LOVE this ... so so special and heartfelt.
# PolPrairieMama 2012-04-24 10:36
That moved me to tears. May we all be so blessed as to have our grandchildren decorate our graves when we pass with such beautiful and heartfelt love. May she rest in peace.
# Elaine 2012-04-24 13:22
I think it's REALLY okay. These are wonderful. I'm so sorry for your family's loss, P.

# Lynne 2012-04-24 20:26
Lovely. Really lovely. There is a special place in heaven for you, P.
# Crystal 2012-04-24 20:56
so sweet,should make everyone smile :)
# Laurie 2012-04-24 21:19
simply beautiful!
# Marta 2012-04-25 08:35
Pauline, I'm at work I cannot have my mascara be running. :) This was beautiful and heart warming. I'm sure she loved it.
# JR Reed 2012-04-26 13:08
This is beyond awesome. My dad died when my daughter was five and I wish we had done something like this. You rock.
# Mari@ SittingAround 2012-04-26 19:05
This is so sweet! My grandma passed away 10 years ago, but I still miss her often.
# Jamie 2012-04-28 21:24
What a beautiful activity to keep her love alive and in all of you - especially the children.

Love how Fifi is hiding behind her cross!

I just started my training for the 3Day breast cancer walk.
# sarah 2012-04-29 01:34
They are beautiful

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Pauline Karwowski.

Is a self proclaimed globe trotting, minivan driving, SAHM stiletto ho.

Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

Now in Chicago, IL.

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