In Loving Memory Of My
Wonderful Grandma,

Mary Elizabeth Norris

April 5, 1915 - September 27, 2003


My First Day In Heaven

I've had my first day in heaven,
A glorious and wonderful day.
I stood with the saints of the ages,
Who found Christ, the Truth and the Way.

I sang with the heavenly choir,
Oh, how I was able to sing!
And, oh, what celestial music,
We brought to our Savior and King.

We sang the glad songs of redemption,
How a Savior to Bethlehem came.
And how they called His name Jesus,
That all might be saved throught His name.

We sang again with the angels,
The song of that blessed sweet morn.
When the shepherds first heard the glad story,
That Jesus the Savior was born.

Oh, everyone, I wish you had been here!
No day on earth could compare.
With all the rapture and glory,
We witnessed in heaven so fair.

You know how I always loved Christmas,
It seemed such a wonderful day.
With all my loved ones around me,
The children so happy and gay.

Yes, now I can see why I loved it,
And, Oh, what a joy it will be.
When you and my loved ones are with me,
To share in the glories I see.

So, Dear ones on earth, here's my greeting:
Look up till the Day Dawn appears.
And, Oh, what a great day awaits us,
Beyond all our parting and tears.
Didi Etelamaki
Used by permission.



My beloved Grandpa went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 21, 2002. Had he lived until the first of March, he & Grandma would have been married 70 years.

A couple of weeks ago, Grandma told her daughters she sure would love to see Grandpa on his birthday. They didn't think too much of it at that time, but as it turned out, Grandma got her last wish. She left this world on September 27, 2003, which would have been Grandpa's 88th birthday. Grandma got her wish, and somewhere up in heaven, Grandpa got the best birthday present he ever had! We'll miss them both very much.




I also want to thank Didi Etelamaki for permission
to use her wonderful poem.