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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A BLESSING FROM ABOVE – A TRIBUTE TO A VERY SPECIAL LADY

Last week we were privileged to host a dear family friend of ours known affectionately as “Aunt Kay.” Although not related by blood, our dear 85-year-old “aunt” has played a close and vital part in our lives from the time of Dad’s childhood.

Growing up, Dad and his brothers were not blessed with close relationships between biological aunts and uncles, but forged bonds with their parents’ closest friends: Jack and Kay Crane. Uncle Jack and Aunt Kay, as they were quickly dubbed, were unable to have children of their own and so poured their lives into the children of others, including three rowdy, adventurous boys who went by the last name of Horn. Attending basketball games and graduations, taking the boys out for ice cream, sharing of their love for history and hiring them on for summer jobs were just a few of the ways this couple made a difference in the lives of Dad and his brothers.

When Dad’s beloved mother died of cancer while Tim was just a baby, Aunt Kay stepped in to fill the role of surrogate grandmother. Tragically widowed a few years prior to Tim’s birth, her lonely heart gathered him in; from then on all Horn offspring came to associate “Aunt” Kay with the deeper relationship akin to grandmother and grandchild.

Memories abound of time spent visiting her home in central Pennsylvania. Sometimes the entire family would make the several hour trip for a long weekend stay, but my favorite remembrances are of the summer visits Tim and I made to her abode for a week each year when we were little. As a little tyke of four and five, I would often wonder if the time would ever come when I could join Tim on these week-long excursions, and how excited I was when at last that time came! We played games such as “Go Fish” and “Rummy” by the hour, went on library excursions filling our arms with books to devour, drove to her sister’s nearby farm playing all around the stocked pond and old farmhouse, and listened as she read us stories before bed. She loved us and we loved her.

One can easily see why it was with great delight and eager anticipation that we welcomed Aunt Kay to San Antonio for her first visit last week. What a special time we shared laughing about old family stories, remembering trips together, reading and discussing God’s Word and praying for the country we all love so dearly. After her visit of a couple days, it was with a lump in my throat and tears threatening my eyes that I escorted her to the airport for departure. We laughed and talked, drank frappuccinos, and tried not to cry while waiting for her plane to leave. It’s a good thing when parting is painful.

Words cannot properly express all she means to us, but Proverbs 31:28 comes to mind: “Her children arise up, and call her blessed.” As a “grandchild of the heart” it is my desire today to give honor and proclaim to all the virtue of this godly woman. I am forever grateful for her impact on my life and on the lives of our entire family. Aunt Kay truly has been a blessing from above.
~Cara

6 Comments:

Anonymous Jen Barnes said...

Cara,
How is life in SATX? I've been thinking about you lately, and thought that I'd drop you a line. Email would be better, but I still haven't managed to snag your address. Maybe my brother can get it from your brother sometime...
Anyway, glad to see that you are staying busy with friends and family. Give me a holler when you get a chance!

7:53 PM  
Blogger The Horn Family said...

Jen,
What a delight to hear from you! I missed you at the Film Festival, but thoroughly enjoyed conversing with your sisters who were able to make it down.

I'll pass on our email address to you somehow as I'd love to hear from you again.

Have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

~Cara

7:40 PM  
Blogger Miss Seanna Hollinger said...

Happy Thanksgiving Cara!

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Horn Family said...

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Seanna!

Will you be coming back to SA in the near future? We've missed you!

~Cara

3:04 PM  
Blogger Miss Seanna Hollinger said...

Yes. LoL. It's been quite an interesting situation. We were planning on comming back long before this but it looks like we won't be back until February due to Christmas and our family's business. Anyway, we can't wait to get back and see you all again...but in the meantime we are enjoying REALLY cold weather and over a foot of snow. :)

2:17 PM  
Blogger Country Victorian said...

Cara what a beautiful tribute to your "Aunt Kay". I don't usually have time to peruse many sites now adays but had a chance this morning. We look forward to seeing you and all our wonderful friends at Boerne. We have missed the Boerne Fellowship so much that our hearts ache and hope to see you all in a month of so. We send our hugs to you and everyone there!

Thank you for being such a good friend to Seanna. She has happy memories of your fun filled adventures together and slumber party in N.C. (Kelly's wedding) and our "High Tea Era" (Princess with a Purpose mini seminar) with the other Boerne girls.

Love Mrs. Hollinger

7:58 AM  

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