Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Aunt Grace Luetschwager - Inspirational Wife and Mother

Al had an aunt that was married to his dad's brother, John.  Her name was Grace.  She has passed on several years ago now.  She left her family far too early - well, only the Lord knows the number of our days.  In the days she was here - she sure made an impact on those around her.   I don't even know is she knew how much I admired her.

She worked at the Wausau Hospital as a surgical nurse for many years.  There hardly is an appointment that we go to where people ask us if we are related to Grace.  With a last name like Luetschwager - probably.

Yesterday, was one such appointment.  Anna had to have a test and procedure done.  The anesthesiologist and nurse both asked us about Grace.  We shared our memories of her.  Every time someone talks about Grace - they only say good of her.  What a great mother, wife, how she was the glue that held her family together, hard worker...on and on...all true by the way.  I think of her almost every cold night when I pull up the comforter she gave us for our wedding.  She made it from her own sheep's fleece - well the batting was.  I still love it!  If there would have been blogging when she was alive she would have had some great ideas and advice to share with fellow homesteaders.  She was a tiny, feisty red head that could hold her own in a barn, surgery room, on a tractor or cutting up a deer.  She was a blessing in her community and at her church and to her family.  

I was thinking about all of this when Anna was having her test.  When they called me back to the recovery area I said to the nurse, "what a testimony Grace has left."  "That after all of these years, you would still speak so highly of her."  "You know, that is how we all should live - making an impact - daily - so that when we have passed on, others will say such nice things about us."  She said, "you know, you are so right."  

So, here's to you Grace and to your memories that are held near and dear to those you touched.  Know that you are still making an impact on me as I draw inspiration from what other's say of you and strive to be a better person.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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