A Long Love (FMF)

Mary (Schroeder) Klippenstein

Mary (Schroeder) Klippenstein

It isn’t hard to find something to write about when you’re given a word like Reflect in a week where you buried a sweet, 98 year old woman who has loved well.

That dear lady was my husband’s grandma. We gathered to celebrate her this week.

Her life is a long love in one direction.

She wasn’t showy or outspoken on a stage. She raised five delightful girls and a lot of chickens.

She helped her husband scratch away a living on the farm and faithfully loved him for 61 years.

Grandma lived out 98 long years on this earth teaching her family what family was all about.

We honored her by singing the songs she loved and reading the scriptures that were dear to her.

The great-grandchildren scampered around the mourners and played in the back hallways and stair-cases of the church.

None of us wanted to leave each other.

Some of us sat around a table and made sure we had each other’s info, friended the family newcomers on facebook and learned how to ‘bump’.

Finally we left one another to wander back home across the mountains and the prairies, our hearts warm and our arms full of hugs.

Grandma and Grandpa have left us a legacy of that long love lived in one direction.

This is grace.


posted at Five Minute Friday, a collection of unedited writers living full of grace.

About Lani

With six kids, a farm, a ministry and dreams poking out in every direction I need plenty of grace to keep all the balls in the air. The sweet thing is that when I drop them, that crazy grace of God is there telling me I'm still okay...and you are, too...welcome to this place of grace.


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One Response to A Long Love (FMF)

  1. Amy Tilson December 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    This is beautiful, Lani!! What a treasured gift to have seen a life lived like this. Thank you for sharing her with us. Please tell your husband I am so sorry for his loss. It warms my heart to hear when a funeral is a celebration of a long love.

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