Yesterday I received the news that my grandmother has passed. Though I knew it was coming – she’d been fighting for a long time – I’m still at a bit of a loss. She went peacefully, the pain and agitation she’d been suffering for weeks finally subdued, and all her wishes were met. I’m glad she’s no longer in pain, no longer has to fight, has passed on to a better place. But it still hurts those of us left behind.
While we settle the arrangements and prepare to celebrate her life, some things must be put on hold. The re-releases of Promise and Purpose should still proceed as planned, but the giveaway I promised earlier this week will have to wait. I’m sure you can understand.

I’d love to share some things about my grandma with you, but right now my brain seems to be on hold, too. I just can’t put the thoughts and words together to do her justice at the moment. All I can say, for now, is what I posted on Facebook yesterday:
Today the world lost an amazing woman who taught me that with dedication, perseverance and hard work, even the highest odds can be beaten. She was a fighter until the end. Now may you rest in peace, Grandma. ♥
And a few quotes she could have said herself:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On”, has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.” – George Elliot

Perseverance, secret of all triumphs” – Victor Hugo

“The best strategy in life is diligence.” – Unknown Author