What A True Angel Sounds Like

What A True Angel Sounds Like

This is what I spoke about at my best friends funeral. I wanted to share it publicly because I feel that it sums up my grandmother's lifetime perfectly. Rest in Paradise Grandma, I love you.


As some of you may know, my favorite person passed away at the comfort of her own home in her sleep on August 18th. My grandmother was such an iconic woman of God and she was and forever will be my biggest inspiration.

So many people knew her but unfortunately a lot of them were not able to make her funeral for other reasons. I wanted to turn the words that I spoke about her at the funeral into an article so everyone could read about how she affected so many lives.

On that day, I stood before the people who could make it out there, took a deep breath, and spoke directly from my aching heart.

"Good afternoon. My name is Delaney Moreno and most of you know that I am one of Anita's granddaughters- her youngest to be exact. I would just like to say I've had this speech prepared since my Uncle Charles funeral when I saw that CP was strong enough to speak at his own fathers funeral. That meant a lot to me and I hope that the message that I am going to deliver today will inspire other people to feel at peace like I do for my grandmother.

Not only me but every person she came in contact with could say how remarkable of a woman Anita is because of her teachings, morals, and devotion she has to God himself.

Growing up, my grandmother taught me some of the most important life lessons that she carried with her every single day.

Firstly she taught me how to embrace and enjoy nature. She had such an admiration towards flowers, taking care of them, and making sure they stay healthy. Nothing made her happier than watering those plants and if she noticed that they're looking a little dry, then you better watch out and stay in your lane. But she had a connection to her flowers like I've never seen in my life before. Till this day I believe that her plants were her safe haven. I believe they were a place to give her a literal breath of fresh air and to get her mind off of everything else that went on in her life.

This leads me into her struggles that she dealt with. Like everyone else, my grandmother faced some huge battles throughout her life. She's lived and trusted in God through the loss her children Floyd, Randy, and Freddie as well as a divorce. She handled all of her obstacles with Grace and STILL trusted in God. She had so much on her plate, but never failed to amaze those surrounding her.

Grandma has strength. She is tougher than steel. God gave her this quality so she could get through her job as a nurses aid, take care of her entire family, volunteer, and do everything she could to make others happy all at the same time.

I was reading though Facebook the other night of My moms final post about her, and I never knew just how many individual lives MY grandmother has touched. So many people knew her, inside and out. So many people knew that she was a saint, a real life, walking angel. Her passion, love, kindness, strength, and wisdom radiated. Every single one of you here knew her and are aware of how pure she was and for that I thank God every day for how many people she has touched. I can stand here today and tell you how happy I feel for you to have crossed paths, talked with, and laughed with Anita Davila.

Loved ones. Family. Friends. With my final words I want you all to know one last thing about my grandmother. I want all of you to know that she doesn't want you to feel any sorrow, regret, or pain knowing that she simply is not here on earth with us. She wants all of you to leave here today and go to bed happy, celebrating that she finally gets to meet God and be with him forever. We all know that she couldn't stop talking about and praying to Him and now, she is so excited to get to interact with him face to face. I want you to have peace, love and nothing but support for her as she embarks on a whole other life with God. With that being said, grandma- I have one last thought for you. Thank you for absolutely everything you have taught me, and to everyone you have known. We love you and we all cannot wait to see you again someday."

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If You're A Millennial Christian, You Definitely Have A Relationship With Christ And These 19 Other Things

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix” – John 3:16

1. A lowkey tattoo

Probably on your ankle or wrist. Bonus points if it’s scripture or a cross.

2. Birkenstocks

You’re extra Christian if you wear them with socks.

3. A church camp fling

I don't know if it’s the fellowship or the fact that it’s never really allowed, but Christians LOVE a good camp romance.

4. Extra long Patagonia shorts

Modest is ALWAYS hottest

5. XL shirts (even though you probably would fit into a small)

Shirt or a dress? The world will never know… good thing you have those extra long Patagonia shorts!

6. A thicc study bible

So what if you never actually read the stuff at the bottom? The font is big and the bigger the Bible the closer to heaven, right?

7. Hipster glasses

Because apparently freedom in Christ means freedom from contacts

8. A large collection of Christian books

"Love Does," "Not a Fan," "Redeeming Love," "Popular," and "Everybody Always" are on pre-order. We have them all and copies to give to our friends

9. A nose ring

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we can’t be ~edgy~

10. "Jesus Calling"

It likely sits by your bedside table at home, and you read it a few times a year.

11. La Croix

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix.” –John 3:16

12. A Young Life t-shirt

Whether you have dabbled in Young Life or can name all the camps in a single breath, everyone owns one!

13. The skill to create a killer Instagram story

Spending time in the Word = Spending time creating some sick instastories for the followers. Simple.

14. A Jeep, Subaru, or Suburban

Squad rolls up to church in style

15. A deep love for podcasts or a sermon series.

Did someone say The Porch? Elevation? Passion?

16. A one-piece swimsuit

Two types of people in this world: people who try to make a one-piece cute and people who rock the OG Speedo

17. The Church Clap

It’s not a Christian party until the church clap breaks out. The Holy Spirit loves to dance!

18. A social media cleanse

Whether you gave it up for lent or just felt compelled to give it up for a season, everyone has done it. Bonus points if you alerted your followers about it beforehand in a super long post. Bonus bonus points if it ended after a week.

19. Chacos

Single strapped or double. Toe strap or none. We don’t discriminate!

20. A relationship with Jesus Christ

Although it's funny to make fun of the random stuff a lot of Christians do (and don’t do), what really matters is our relationship with Jesus. I know a lot of Christians who don’t fit this stereotype, and that is totally okay! Doing these things isn’t going make you a better Christian, but spending time in the Bible every day will!

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I Am So Thankful For The Strong Women In My Life

They have helped shape who I am today.


As a kid, I had three major women in my life: my mom, my grandma, and my bubbie (Yiddish for "grandmother").

I can easily say I am all the better for having these women as my role models for life.

My mom and I didn't get along all that well when I was younger. Cliche as it is, it took me leaving home for college for us to really segue into a much healthier mother-daughter relationship. It also helps that we got a dog a few years ago and became crazy dog moms together who send dog memes and videos back and forth.

My mom is and always has been a powerhouse.

My mom worked a lot and taught me the value of putting in the effort. I learned from her to never settle for less than great, to work hard, and not let people walk all over me. She (and my dad) made sure I knew the value of professionalism and how to be professional. There's a reason I ask them to proofread any important emails before hitting send!

My mom is also a total goof.

This pretty much sums us up!

My sarcasm and humor are unquestionably from her. She's one of the funniest people I know and reminds me not to take everything too seriously. Also, the constant dog and baby videos we send one another are the best.

My grandma is my best friend.

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Yes, that's possible. It helps that we share a lot of interests. My grandma has always been my number one supporter and as I got older, became someone I rely so much on for emotional support. I can always count on my grandma to make me smile.

My grandma taught me to love unconditionally, even towards those you are not blood-related to.

She is my dad's step-mom and technically my step-grandmother, but you would never know we aren't blood-related with how she whole-heartedly loves her non-biological grandkids just as much as her biological ones. She made her home into a safe space for me in the years I needed that most.

My bubbie taught me that time apart means nothing when it comes to loving someone.

As I've grown older, I don't get to see my bubbie as much. But I know she is always there if I need her, and I know she loves me.

I recently went to dinner with her and was reminded of just why - and how much - I love my grandmother. She's tough and sweet, smart and funny. We spent most of the time talking about everything from family to theater to politics, and it was a highlight moment of my life. I enjoyed it so much.

I am unbelievably lucky to have not one, but two grandmothers who love me in the way only a grandmother can. They give my life a specialness I wouldn't get from anyone else in my life.

I am so lucky to have a mom who I can have a good relationship with and talk to openly. (And who puts up with my unintentional repetition of stories.)

I cannot thank any of these women enough for being involved in my life.

I love you all, and happy Mother's Day!

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