July 15, 2012

oma and janelle Oma

The reason I’ve been so absent around here lately is because my sweet Oma (“grandmother” in Dutch) passed away on Thursday.  It’s been absolutely devastating for me and my family and I didn’t think I could continue writing happy blog posts without first mentioning what’s been going on.  She suffered from Alzheimer’s for the last 14 years and I just hope that her mind is finally at peace.

This photo is one of my absolute favorites of the two of us, taken at my Oma’s 70th birthday party in 1996.  Shortly after the photo was taken, my cousin Kelsie and I performed a song-and-dance number to Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic” for my Oma and all of the party guests.  If you’re wondering how awesome that performance was, it was really awesome.

I have such fond memories of my Oma and I miss her already.


7 Responses to “Oma”

  1. Kelsie says:

    I miss Oma too. I like to call her “omie”. She really was a strong and great woman. I still can remember some of the “moves” to Ironic, isn’t that ironic? ;P

  2. Jeannette says:

    Such a cute picture of two important people in my life.

  3. chau says:

    i’m so sorry to hear about your Oma, Janelle! my deepest condolences go out to you and your family <3

  4. jaymee says:

    love you janners.

  5. Ladi says:

    Beautiful picture Janelle… sending you my love and condolences to you and your fam <3

  6. Ann-Marie says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss, Janelle. All my love. xoxo

  7. Ingrid Totten says:

    Janelle, Oma was a wonderful woman who raised four equally wonderful daughters. Those daughters in turn raised amazing and wonderful children…the circle of life. She is now free of Alzheimer’s disease.

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