Monday, November 9, 2009

Proverbs 31 Woman

  10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
      For her worth is far above rubies.
       11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
      So he will have no lack of gain.
       12 She does him good and not evil
      All the days of her life.

This weekend our family gathered together in Northwest Iowa to celebrate the 80th birthday of my grandmother, Theora DeWaay.

My uncle Wayne read the words from Proverbs 31 that so accurately describe Grandma Theora.

She was born and raised on a farm near Archer, Iowa. After she married my grandfather, Harold, they remained on the farm where they raised their five sons in the wisdom and admonition of the Lord.

Grandma Theora loved, served, and honored her husband until his death in 2001. He was well respected in the community as school board superintendent, county commissioner, Shriner, and church member, but she really was his crown jewel.

I have very fond memories of Grandma Theora teaching me to sew, paint, cook, and garden during many many trips to the farm as a young girl. Grandma, I still need help with pie crusts - I never did quite get that mastered.

Grandma Theora also taught me the importance of community service.  Often times she had me along as she volunteered at the county fair or at a local art show. 

If there was an event at that church, we were there - with a casserole and dessert of course.

Thank you, Grandma, for modeling for me what a true Proverbs 31 woman is in how you have lived your life.

Thank you for honoring and serving Grandpa Harold all of his life.

Thank you for raising well disciplined children, one of whom I am fortunate enough to call dad.

Thank you for the loving the Lord and teaching your children and grandchildren to love Him too.

Thank you for teaching all of us granddaughters how to be real women in this career-driven world.

Thank you for loving and praying for your 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. We are all so blessed to have you in our lives.

I love you, grandma.

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