Life Happens

Evergreen, Colorado

Evergreen, Colorado

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. (C.S.Lewis)

This blog is dedicated to two very special lives – my mother and our new grandson.  Both were souls to celebrate as they passed from one world to the next in May.  As Mom was leaving this world, Kai was entering it.  She died peacefully on April 28th and Kai was born the day after her memorial service.  I like to imagine that although mom never got to see her first great-grandbaby here on earth, somehow God arranged for them to meet each other in that secret Spirit place as she passed and he was not yet born.  What would she have said to him?  Knowing Mom, it would sound something like this…

“Be happy and look for the good in everyone.  Say your prayers, mind your parents, make good choices especially in friends and be wise in how you spend your time and money.  Always do the best you can.  Respect every good thing God has given you on this earth.  Take time for the simple things.  Make music and laugh a lot.  Be a gentleman with good manners and always remember your mama’s birthday.  Stay close to family.  Go to church and find your way to God.  He’s waiting for you.  I’ll be watching over you.  Oma loves you.”

If it is with great rejoicing that we invite a new life into this world, then just imagine the noise in heaven when a believer passes from time into eternity.


I made a promise that I would keep Mom’s (and Dad’s) memory alive so that Kai would know them and from that know more of himself and the good stock he came from.  And I’ve promised Kai that I will always be praying for him to find his way to God in this life because God is very near, waiting, loving and celebrating his beloved creation.


Our month in the States was a crazy mix of stress and fun.  The best times were spent with friends and family and as always, it’s so hard to leave them behind as we return to Crete.  But because of these two life events, we were reminded that our time on earth is very short and once a loved one is gone, there’s no time to say things you wished you’d said before.  So our hugs were a little longer, conversations a little deeper, laughs a little sweeter and forgiveness a lot more urgent.  I’m so thankful that Mom and I didn’t leave much unsaid between us.  We had a very special friendship in our adult lives but she will always be my mother first.  And the next time I think to myself, “Oh no – I’m becoming my mother” I’ll wear it proudly with a smile and do my best to pass on her legacy of love.


About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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4 Responses to Life Happens

  1. Kathy Ziegenfus says:

    Such a beautiful tribute to your mother and grandson Kai. Your new little grandson is just precious in so many ways. Congratulations. I enjoyed seeing you and Richard in May. I think of your mother and father often and smile.

  2. Chuck Jackson says:

    Thanks Mel, it is always a blessing to read your Chronicles! We miss you and Crete so much. I so want to be there, especially today for Bangie’s birthday. I want to see them all and cuddle Effie. In fact we just miss everyone there:) The plan, Lord willing, is to come next summer for Effie’s baptism. Do you think you guys will still be there? Hopefully we can coordinate with Lynn to be there at the same time. That is if Sam is still there!

    We really like Mexico a lot, but it isn’t the Med. It is the next best and works a lot easier for us, so we are thankful. Our house is coming along fine, should be ready by end of Sept. We are excited to see it being built. It is only a block away from our rental, so we walk there everyday, to check it out.

    We love you guys lots, say hello to all you see, from us, love, Leigh

  3. Cheryl says:

    You are such a mindful and beautiful writer, Mel. I love reading your blogs. Looking forward to the day our (bike) paths meet again. With love.

  4. Lynn says:

    such lovely pictures of your family!!! I know your visit to the states had to be full of tears of sadness as you said Goodbye to your Mother but also tears of Joy as you said Hello to your little grandson!!!! welcome to Grandma life enjoy as it is a love like no other. Hope to see you in Crete when i come for my short 2 week visit. Be Blessed Lynn

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