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