Monday, November 12, 2012

In Honor

My dear and sweet 96 year old Grandma Bookout went home to be with the Lord this past Friday.
This is my beautiful Grandma.  She was a woman of great dignity and worth.

She lived a full life here on earth and will be greatly missed. I am unable to fly home to be with my family and this has been extremely difficult for me.  I am the only one who can not be there for her funeral on Wednesday, but I am mourning and processing all this in my own way.

I am rejoicing for my Grandma Bookout as she is HOME, truly home with the Lord.  I also  know we will be reunited one day in heaven... This brings much joy and comfort to my heart. 

 My Grandma Bookout played a huge role in my life.  Her constant love, heart to bless and serve, her faith in the Lord and simply her presence in my life has impacted me in profound ways.  I am thankful for all the time I had with her and all the beautiful memories we made. 
 I want to share and celebrate a few of these precious moments here in honor of her.

My Grandma Bookout was a big part of my life since I was a baby.  I absolutely loved spending time at her house growing up.  We would often visit her during the weekends and holidays, and my sisters and I would spend weeks on end at her house during our school vacations.  Some of my best childhood memories were made at Grandma's house.

Grandma was the photographer of the family. She loved taking photos of the people she loved with her little Kodak film camera. As we would say our goodbyes after a visit with Grandma she would often snap a few photos of us in her yard.  From the time I was little until I became an adult she did this.  Here are some of my grandma's photos.

When I was a little girl I absolutely loved playing outside at my Grandma Bookout's house.  I enjoyed climbing trees, fishing, walking in the field behind her house,  picking blackberries and swinging on the swing in the front yard.  You can see it behind us in this picture.

 A few more shots my Grandma took...

For many years my Grandma had lots of stray cats at her house.  I always loved this!

I loved her dog Beau, who was the same age as me.

Last fall when we were visiting the United States I got to visit with my Grandma Bookout and introduce her to Sophia. I am extremely thankful for this.  I asked Felipe to take LOTS of photos of her, knowing it could be the last time I would see her here on this earth.
These photos are priceless to me.

This is a photo from the first night we arrived in the United States and Grandma came over to eat dinner with us and meet Sophia. Here Grandma and Sophia are interacting and talking for the first time. 

Living it up.  Sitting on my sister's porch, sipping a glass of iced tea on a beautiful fall evening.

We went over to Grandma Bookout's house to visit her too.  Here Grandma is showing Sophia a photo she took of me when I was little.

Visiting in my Grandma's living room.  I have spent many hours here (and also in the kitchen and front porch) just talking and talking with my Grandma.

My Grandma enjoyed spending time with Sophia.
She kept saying over and over, "She is not a baby. She is a little lady!"

Fun on the front porch!

Swinging on the front porch swing!

Another photo my grandma took of me and my sisters on this same swing as children.  I loved playing on the front porch swing growing up.

Last Thanksgiving after our meal we made a Skype call to my sister Elizabeth who could not be with us.

I love this photo, as it captures a nice moment of family gathered together in my parent's living room.  My grandmother loved family gatherings and spending quality time with family.   Growing up I spent most Thanksgivings and Christmases together with Grandma Bookout.  She valued these family times.

This is a photo I brought to Brazil with me when I moved here in 2007.  I took this photo back in 2006 during a special trip to my parent's beach house in Surf City, NC.    My Grandma loved the ocean and enjoyed trips to the beach.   

This is how I like to remember my Grandma Bookout.
Radiating life, joy, peace and strength...

Besides all these wonderful photos, another thing I treasure is my wedding ring, which was also my Grandma Bookout's wedding ring. My Grandma could not come to my wedding here in Brazil, but she sent her ring as a gift.  This simple and beautiful ring is extremely special to me.  I wear it everyday as a symbol of love.  Now it means even more to me...

Her children arise and call her blessed...

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
~ Proverbs 31: 28a, 30-31 ~

I arise and called my Grandma blessed!  What a blessing she was. 
I honor her and I am thankful for the gift of her life.
May she rest in peace...

Catherine Aline Robinson Bookout
March 14, 1916 - November 9, 2012


  1. BALLING! Beautiful pictures Felipe took of her last. Especially the last one and the one of her at the beach house made me cry. Her sweet face and eyes. She sure did love the beach. "Not a baby, A little lady". That sounds like her. I can even still remember how she said you name. I remember her cozy house. She really loved her and you really gave her QUALITY time Laura. She knew you loved her so much and that she was as special to you as you were to her. I am praying for you in the mourning season. I think a "time to dance" comes next so she would love to see you doing that ;) I would too! And I couldn't help but notice how much Sophia looks like you as a baby!

  2. Same here. This is so beautiful. Love love love the pictures. You have been an amazing granddaughter to her, Laura and I know you brought her so much joy!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Even if I never got to know your grandma, in the little less than a year we spent as everyday friends, I still remeber the special love you felt for her... and the sense of peace and joy you felt when you spent time with her.
    I am sure she's so pride and full of love for you and your beautiful family, now more than ever.