I’ve not yet dedicated a post to this very special person in my life. But tonight I feel that I must.
I want to introduce to you my Yaya. She is my paternal grandmother and the matriarch of my big fat Greek family.
This past October she celebrated her 93rd birthday. That’s right NINETY-THREE!
She was born in 1915 in New Jersey to Greek immigrants who were in the chocolate manufacturing business. (Oh how I wish that was still the family business!)
She married Papou (my grandfather) in 1938.
She’s the mother of three, the Yaya to 8, and the Great-Yaya to 10.
There is so much more I could tell you about her, but I am choosing to share her in photos:
The Princess and her name sake
Her kids: Nick (my father), Yaya, Maria, George
My brother’s graduation from the Naval Academy 2000
Yaya with almost all of her grandkids at her 90th birthday
Yaya with all the great-grand kids
Yaya and me on her 90th birthday
And the reason I want you to meet her?? Tomorrow at 7:30am this woman with a heart of gold will be undergoing open heart surgery to replace a bad valve in her heart.
Believe me, I KNOW how crazy it sounds to operate on the heart of a 93 year old woman. I do!
However, surgery is not an option. If the valve is not replaced she would spend the rest of her life in the hospital.
I am asking for everyone here to lift up Yaya in your prayers as she undergoes this surgery and as she recovers.
Please pray for the entire Greek family.
Pray for the doctors, nurses and everyone else who will be caring for her.
My heart is heavy tonight, and I think I can say the same for the rest of the family.
I know God is in control of this situation.
One Bible verse comes to my mind:
1 Peter 5:7,
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
The GRITS family will be leaving early Friday to spend the weekend with my family. Thank you for your prayers and I will keep you posted.