Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Grandma Sandera

This past weekend we traveled to Georgia to see my dad and my grandma Sandera.  The last time I saw her was about 4 years ago and her health has changed a lot.  She had a heart valve replaced a few years ago and her heart is weakening and she does not want to have another surgery.  The doctors have told her that her heart will give out soon.  We really needed to make the trip to spend some time with her.  My grandparents love in northern Michigan but have a home in Georgia that she wanted to visit again so my dad drove her down.  My grandpa is in a nursery home in Michigan with Alzheimer's and is unable to travel.  My grandma will be 85 next March and she is such a cool lady.  I have some of the best childhood memories that involve my grandparents.  A few years back I wrote them both a letter recalling memories that are dear to my heart, thanking them for all their love and the special times.
It was painful to see my gram so different- quiet, small, weak and fragile.  My grandma raised 5 boys and she has lived a long full life.  Her words "a full life, not all of it good but life owes me nothing".  Her and my grandfather have been married 60 some years and it is so hard for her to be away from him.  She told me this is not the way they planned it, they wanted to take care of one another and now he has dementia and she is too weak to care for him at home.  It is sad, I want to go back to the way things were before.  I dislike change and it breaks my heart to know they are both aging.
We did the best to soak up out short time with my dad and my grandma.
Here are a few pictures that I will treasure forever

I will share more pictures from the rest of our trip in the next day or so


  1. Hey! It's so hard to watch our loved ones start on the journey to heaven. I will pray that the time she has left is painfree and peaceful.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write and check up on me! It's been CRAZY around here. I started 4 new daycare kids, just finished cleaning up from the wind storm that happened 5 months ago and my photography business was INSANE this fall. There was just no time to blog. Plus my oldest {8} has commented she doesn't like everything written for everyone to read. So I'm not sure if I'll write again or not. If you are on facebook please friend me, so we can keep up with eachother . {Shawna Kurth}

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with those cuties of yours!

  2. Your Grandma is a neat lady indeed; I've always loved and admired her. I agree she does look small and fragile. We just have to cling to our memories and know that we will be reunited in heaven. I'm glad you were able to go to Georgia, even though it was a short visit it shows how much you care.