Thursday, June 17, 2010

Temporary Home

A dear young friend of mine, lost her grandmother this past week. I remember well the day that my Grandma Johnny died. She lived on her own for years up until in her late 80's, then she had surgery and complications from it, and could not go back to her home. That was a sad day, I remembered wondering what it would be like to just leave your home for something thinking that you would be right back ,and then find out that you could never go back. All the things that you had collected or that had been a part of your life, is now just left behind and... by no choice of your own; but by circumstance, you leave everything! She came to live with us for awhile and I remember what a privilege it was to help take care of her. She was very quiet and sad, so we tried everything we could to keep her spirits up and keep her company. I am not sure how many  years that Grandma lived with us? I eventually left home and served a mission for my church. Finally my mom's back got so bad, she couldn't take care of Grandma on her own, and so Grandma was placed in a nursing home, another ...sad day. 

When Jeff and I go married she told us to take whatever we needed from her house to start our own home (which was a tiny attic apartment). Her home was a safe place in my childhood and a place where I truly felt at home. So from that day on, Jeff and I decided to decorate our home in that old fashion country style, like my grandmother's house. It reminded me of her, and for him it was a great reminder of his Aunt and Uncle's farmhouse. 

When Brad and Amy were little, we rented a small house just a few houses down from the nursing home and so we were able to see Grandma almost daily. Even though she would have rather been in her own home, she didn't complain and I know that our visits meant the world to her. When she died it was a tough time for me, I loved  my Grandma Johnny.

I heard this song on the radio and loved the lyrics, then I remembered ...that this same young sweet friend sang this song herself at a fund- raiser, she has an amazing voice!  I knew if she  picked this song, that she had a lot of faith and that she would be fine. When you have something to believe in and something to look forward to, then you have hope and peace. Even though I am sad for my sweet friend, I know she will be just fine because she understand that this was just her grandmother's TEMPORY HOME! 

"Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."
  ~ Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Hope you enjoy the lyrics to this song!

Little boy, 6 years old
A little too used to bein' alone
Another new mom and dad,another school
Another house that'll never be home
When people ask him how he likes this place
He looks up and says with a smile upon his face
"This is my temporary home
It's not where I belong
Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through
This is just a stop, on the way to where I'm going
I'm not afraid because I know this is my
Temporary Home."
Young mom on her own
She needs a little help got nowhere to go
She's lookin' for a job, lookin' for a way out
Because a half-way house will never be a home
At night she whispers to her baby girl
Someday we'll find a place here in this world
"This is our temporary home
It's not where we belong
Windows and rooms that we're passin' through
This is just a stop, on the way to where we're going
I'm not afraid because I know this is our
Temporary Home.
Old man, hospital bed
The room is filled with people he loves
And he whispers don't cry for me
I'll see you all someday
He looks up and says "I can see God's face"
"This is my temporary Home
It's not where I belong
Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through
This was just a stop,on the way To where I'm going
I'm not afraid because I know this was
My temporary home."
This is our temporary home

(Carrie Underwood Temporary Home lyrics found on )


"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."  ~ Thomas Campbell

"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity."  ~ William Penn

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