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From: IsabelleB
Date: 06-13-2007, 06:38 AM (1 of 16)
Hi everyone,

Just to let you know I am finally finding it possible to resurface a little...
My grandma passed away on June 2 after weeks of intense suffering and anguish. We buried her last Wednesday, just a week ago.

She was 98 and some will say that this had to happen... but she is one of the most exceptional persons I have met in my whole life, and I was very close to her. She is leaving a whole void, not only in our hearts but because of the role she played within the family.

I could go on and on about her exceptional virtues and the many trials she went through since she was born in 1908... if there are saints among "ordinary" people, she is undoubtedly one of them.

So, just to explain why I was away... I will try to go back to posting more often now.

Those of you who know me a little know that although my grandma never could teach me sewing (she didn't see well enough when I started 3 years ago), she has always been my first and foremost inspiration. She was a professional seamstress and her talent and excellency were amazing. It was definitely part of our special bond and part of what kept her going - you should have seen her lit up when I visited her and showed her my latest projects. Her memory became suddenly much sharper again when we talked about sewing.

I must keep on sewing, for the love of her.

Hugs to you all
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
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From: PaulineG
Date: 06-13-2007, 08:32 AM (2 of 16)
I'm sorry to hear your news Isabelle. I knew of your grandmother's illness (yours is one of the few blogs I read) and know it's been a really tough time for you. You're very lucky to have had such a bond with her and shared something so special.

Hugs to you too. I hope that the day soon comes when your thoughts of her only bring you smiles and not tears.
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From: Reta J
Date: 06-13-2007, 09:01 AM (3 of 16)
Big hugs to you hon. I know it is rough right now, but just remember the good times and you will get through it. This is when our family would have a good old fashioned Irish wake. We celebrate the life and remember the great times. Everyone telling stories about the person of honor, what they meant to us, how our lives were enriched just by knowing and being loved and loving the person. Silly stories, funny stories, heart warming stories are all told. Pictures of their life shown. She sounds like she was a great woman. Remember that and that she loved you.
You will make it. If you need to share your stories here, because family isn't around to share with, we would love to hear them. We are here for you.
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From: lendube
Date: 06-13-2007, 12:11 PM (4 of 16)
What a heartfelt post, Isabelle. I admire your relationship with your grandmother and am so glad that you apprecitated what you've had in her.

Hey, 98 ain't half bad. Still a great loss but wow, how lucky your were to have had her here in your life that long........

A big hug to you, Lennie
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From: Magot
Date: 06-13-2007, 02:33 PM (5 of 16)
I am sure each time you sew you will think of your loved Grandmere, and gradually you will smile more in remembering her. Blessings
love and kisses, Jan
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From: Bruna
Date: 06-13-2007, 06:40 PM (6 of 16)
Isabelle, I want to offer my condolences to you on the loss of your grandmother. You were so lucky to have her in your life and I think that she'll always be with you. When you remember her it will be with love and warm feelings. I'm sure she left you many happy memories. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Regards, Bruna
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From: esrun3
Date: 06-13-2007, 06:40 PM (7 of 16)
Isabelle, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending big hugs your way! Keep on sewing, honor your Grandmother's memory and enjoy the memory of the good times you had with her.
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From: Bama
Date: 06-13-2007, 09:13 PM (8 of 16)
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I know it's hard to let them go even when they're that old. Sounds like she was a wonderful lady. (((Hugs))) from Alabama.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 06-13-2007, 10:51 PM (9 of 16)
My condolences Isabelle. It's always hard when one of your family passes. Luckily you had a lot of years with her and I'm sure many happy memories....
TTFN from
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From: ninifav
Date: 06-13-2007, 11:56 PM (10 of 16)
Poor baby, am sending you hugs for your grief...Her love and example will live on through you and your life...I'll just bet you gave her as much, if not more, pleasure by being her grand daughter..She is now your special angel...Paula
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From: IsabelleB
Date: 06-14-2007, 02:00 AM (11 of 16)
Thank you, everyone.
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
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From: bridesmom
Date: 06-15-2007, 12:34 AM (12 of 16)
I'm sorry to hear about your Grandmother Isabelle. It's so hard to lose someone we love, but I know that you have many wonderful memories to keep with you always. Hugs to you!
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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 06-15-2007, 01:28 AM (13 of 16)
I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother, Isabelle. It sounds like she must have had an extraordinary and long life at 98, but of course that doesn't make it much easier on those of us left behind. My grandfather died 2 years ago at 90, and it was hard on all of us. I'm sure you made her proud. - the new home for Sew What's New
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From: MaryW
Date: 06-15-2007, 07:34 AM (14 of 16)
I am so sorry about your grandmother. What a wonderful mentor you had in her. It sounds like she was a real guiding light in your life.
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From: Sewhappie
Date: 06-15-2007, 11:46 AM (15 of 16)
You are in my Prayers. Your days will get easier to face and with every stitch you make rest asured your Grandmother is guiding your hands to make the perfect wedding dress.
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From: vickki
Date: 06-15-2007, 07:06 PM (16 of 16)
I am so sorry to hear about your gran....You are in my prayers..Take care Vickki
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