Although we wish her time on earth could have been longer, we look at these past few weeks as a tender mercy from the Lord. Elaine was able to have her family around her constantly, which I know brought her so much comfort. And it definitely allowed Chase and I time to feel closure. It also allowed me to share my musical gift with Grandma. See, Grandma Stratford has truly blessed not only her family but countless individuals with her musical talents, and so to bring comfort one day Chase and I went over so that I could sing for Grandma. I realized that in the 3 years of us knowing one another, we had never shared this love for music together. So I'm grateful for that afternoon. And I'm grateful for the generous love that she showed me since we very first met--exactly 3 years ago during General Conference. She truly will be missed. It makes my heartache to think that our future children will not be blessed by her crocheting skills--that I won't be able to wrap up a baby in one of her blankets. But I know that we will feel her love wrapped around us throughout the precious moments in our lives that we would want to share with her. I'm grateful to the Lord for the time I've had in knowing Elaine and in calling her Grandma.
Elaine is on the left in this picture.