Late last Thursday night my sweet Granny Liz passed away. My family was so thankful that God showed His mercy and that she did not have to suffer long. She had breast and bone cancer for the last several years, and she was very active until the last couple weeks. Just six weeks ago she was in town and we had an awesome day together. As I am writing I am thinking about the last conversation we had last week. I asked her if she needed anything at all to make her more comfortable and she said that she wanted me to make her rum cake. She wanted to make sure someone could make this treasured dessert. I was so honored that she allowed me to use her recipe and I was also scared thinking that I wouldn't succeed. The cake turned out OK, and she ate every single bite:) She kept telling me how good it was and how proud of me she was. That is the way she lived her life, she was an encourager and she gave compliments freely. I am so thankful for the legacy that she has left for our family. An amazing woman. She put God first and then she knew how to enjoy life. I have such fond memories of her and they are almost all about living life to the fullest. She loved her garden, she loved to eat delicious food, she loved to dance, and she loved the lake.
My sisters and I basically lived at the lake every summer and we would almost always show up with several friends. She was such a gracious host and she truly was invested in my life and what was going on with me as well as those I was close to. We had a uniquely close relationship and she always shot me straight. She was an avid reader and in college she would send me a "clipping" a week. Mostly from the newspaper, some article she thought I would enjoy. I always thought that was so thoughtful that she would read something and then think...well, I bet Angie would like this. In some later envelopes in college she would include a $5 bill, for a coke:) I am really going to miss her.