A Grandmothers Love

Mommy Jo 1This week I had to experience being away from family during a very difficult time.  My sweet, sweet grandmother passed away more suddenly then expected.  To say its been hard is an understatement.  Below is what I wrote for her Memorial Service yesterday. She loved to read and loved to read our blog, so I thought I would share it here as well!

“Grandchildren are the crown of grandparents, and parents are the glory of their children.” Proverbs 17:6

With Mommy Jo I have lived my life never questioning this, never thinking for a moment I was anything less then a crown set high and proud atop her head. It was no secret Mommy Jo was smitten by her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. In her presence you always felt special, extraordinary even. Her kindness was overwhelming- an unexplainable, overflowing, bursting at the seams kind of thing. To me it seemed to surpass all earthly understanding. In return, I hope our family will follow through with the second part of Solomon’s proverb. I pray myself, as well as, all of her Mommy Jo 7children’s lives will continue radiating Mommy Jo’s glory. May her example challenge each of us to pass the crown of pure, Christ like love? It is very painful to not be physically present among you today.   However, I find peace knowing my absence in some small way displays Mommy Jo’s magnificence. How her life has propelled my life to the very place, which causes me to be missing today- what greater testimony, is that? How a love of a grandmother was so strong it only pointed me in one direction- running after Jesus Christ in a way that surpasses earthly understanding. I love you Mommy Jo, and through our tears we rejoice, knowing exactly how Jesus welcomed you home. It was that same sweet way you always welcomed us!

Love, Katie Kids Message to Mommy Jo




6 thoughts on “A Grandmothers Love

  1. A wonderful tribute to your grandmother, Katie, as is the life you and Nick are living in service to Christ.

  2. Katie
    I am so sorry about your loss. Mommy Jo was beautiful human being both inside and out. She was loved by so many and shared her love with so many. I know you hated not being home this past week but when you came on the screen and hearing your voice come out of the speaker yesterday at the memorial everyone there could feel your presence. It was evident how much you loved her. I loved hearing your sweet voice and seeing all your pictures. Mommy Ho was so proud of you and Nick and the work you are doing in Africa. We miss you and Love you.

  3. Beautiful tribute, Katie! Sorry for your loss. It’s only temporary, but it’s painful. And the pain doesn’t go away; it subsides, but it never goes away.

    Meg and I have lost both of our parents and grandparents, making us the matriarch and patriarch of our family. (How scary is that!) As of March 15 we are now grandparents! Your tribute inspires me to be that kind of a grandparent to our little Piper.

    “From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” Ps 103:17-18

    Our prayers are with you today as you deal with this painful loss. Grieve well, Friend!


  4. Thanks for making me cry!! I love this part “How a love of a grandmother was so strong it only pointed me in one direction- running after Jesus Christ in a way that surpasses earthly understanding.”

  5. Katie, I’m so, so sorry to hear about Mommy Jo. It is sweet to know that we will all be rejoicing together again one day. Our prayers go out to you, Nick, Sarah, Adam, and your parents.

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