A victim at the age of 13 when her father was murdered.
A daughter who loved her mother and helped support her family.
A wife and partner to the love of her life.
A mother who bore twelve children and watched nine grow to adulthood.
A perpetual student who valued education and it's importance.
The teacher who was denied her profession when she immigrated to a new country.
A migrant worker who worked long painful hours and lived in deplorable conditions to provide a better life for her family.
A champion who always worked to make the world a better place.
A humanitarian who saw and filled the need for others when her own was often great.
The genealogist who bridged the past to the present.
A chef who not only fed everyone with unforgettable flavors but created meaningful memories in the kitchen.
A missionary who lives every day testifying of our Lord and Redeemer.
A widow who misses her husband every single day.
An Alzheimer's patient who is slowly losing the untold stories.
An angel who blesses the life of everyone she meets.
My maternal grandmother, whose life has forever shaped the woman I am and hope to become.
I was recently asked this question, "Which maternal ancestor's trial have you learned from and how did know her help you in your life"?
This was my response:
I'm not sure if Guelita qualifies as an ancestor yet as I can walk next door and visit her, but after celebrating her 95 birthday this past month she is always someone, I think of when I am struggling with a problem. She has seen just about everything. She endured religious and racial persecution. She understands the grief associated with the loss of children and family members. She, at times, lived in direly impoverished conditions and worked very hard to feed and educate her family. She sacrificed for her family and helped strengthen the lives of everyone she met. She was a victim of a murdered father and a corrupt business partner, but she taught forgiveness and love. She knew Christ was her Redeemer and shared her testimony through her actions as well as her words. She lived a life of integrity and joy. Nothing I have faced in my life equals the trials she has endured and when I feel as if it's too much to bear I think about Guelita and put one step in front of the other looking for happiness along the way.