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Friday, March 18, 2011

flowers that never die

My sweet grandmother recently made a permanent move to a nursing home. At first I was devasted by the news. The fact that shes getting older, and slowing down at such a rapid pace is hard for me to see. I wish I could keep her here on this earth forever...

Although I thought the move to the nursing home was going to be a downer, she seems to be very happy there. Praise God!

I wish we could visit her more. Right now, I can only get over there about once a week. It's not far, but it's just far enough. It's not something that we can do everyday. A visit there doesn't last long. The boys start making her nervous after about 20 minutes. A visit starts to wear on her quickly, so we keep them short.

I wish I lived closer to her. If we lived closer, I'd be able to stop by every day. We'll have to see what God has planned there. We're contemplating our move to be over that way, so we'll see what happens. (There's actually lots to share about our move. another post. another time.)

In the meantime, the boys and I will visit her as much as we can.

She can't have real flowers in her room. They irritate her allergies. So I decided to make these. Flowers that never need to be watered. Flowers that never die...

paper mache vases
(mix: 1 cup flour, 5 cups water, boil for about 3 minutes)
ooey gooey fun!


Once the vases dry (1 day) paint and decorate. 
tissue paper flowers
(tissue paper and pipe cleaner)
I googled this youtube video for instructions.
The finished product-one happy Great Grandma!

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6 Comments:

At March 18, 2011 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Katertot said...

How very very special! You just created beautiful memories for all parties involved.

Your boys are really cute!

 
At March 18, 2011 at 9:37 PM , Blogger Mandy said...

How smart of you to think to do this and how very special these are!! Great memories!

 
At March 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Adrienne said...

This post was so sweet and losing my 96 year old grandmother in October I just burst into tears reading it because the nursing home was the hardest part for me because after 8 hours to get to her tha place was just not grannys house ... See her all you can cherish the memories and enjoy

 
At April 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Michelle said...

What a great project! I love that you're reusing a plastic bottle - very green.

As one homeschooling parent to another, isn't it a wonderful blessing to be able to spend so much quality time with your children? To know that you're shaping them instead of a stranger is a beautiful thing.

Peace,
Michelle @ http://greenearthbazaar.com - fellow SITS Girl. ;)

 
At April 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM , Anonymous Ado said...

What a great idea for paper mache, and what a lovely gift for their great-grandmother.

 
At April 4, 2011 at 9:38 PM , Anonymous vivi b. said...

How sweet is that? Nothing can be better! =D

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