If you read my blog regularly, you will know a few things about me 1.) my spelling and grammar need improvement- hey I take pictures, not write books. 2.)I do not write books, but my life is an open book, I like to share my life. 3.) I love Utah and the little bit of heaven called my neighborhood 4.) Family is everything to me! Last night I received the phone call that I knew was coming, and I was soooo dreading that moment. Well the phone rang, and I knew what my sister was about to tell me. My grandmother had passed away. That fiery spirit of hers finally gave up the fight and she peacefully left this world.
Let me tell you some things about this amazing women. She grew up as the oldest of 7 children. She grew up on a farm in Montana (brrrrr cold) It was a tough life, but it instilled an amazing work ethic. She went off to nursing school and met a young man who was about to be shipped over seas to serve our Nation in WWII. She worked as a nurse for many many years, during the war and after the war. My Grandfather returned from war and they got married shortly after his return. This is my favorite picture of the two of them, don’t you love this!
Picture from her days as a nurse
They had 3 beautiful daughters, the oldest was my mom. After my mom married she had ME! I was the oldest grandchild and had Grandma all to my self for a while until my sister was born. And then there was a really long break, so me and my sis spent tons of times with my Grandma. Here she is holding me- don’t you think I look like some of my boys in this pic?
I remember her sitting by this window knitting her afghans while letting me watch a few minutes of the afternoon soaps. I was able to receive many of her afghans as gifts. You could watch as she knitted those afghans and see the love she was putting into each and every one of them. Her home always smelled of coffee, and while I do not drink coffee, I love that smell of brewing coffee. She also taught me the best lunch is grilled cheese on wheat with campbell’s tomato soup. And everytime I see a green pack of Wrigleys gum, I think of her. Her home also smelled of her homemade cinamon rolls. Those are the rolls she would send with me every fall as I left Oregon to go back to Utah to go to school. Oh yeah school- Grandma let us know how very very important a college education was. And now she has 9 grandchildren who have either got their degree or are currently working on a degree. Many of whom have also gone on to get advanced degrees.
Grandma and Grandpa at their 50th wedding anniv- they have now been married for over 60 plus years. (I know that someday they will have an amazing reunion in heaven)
6 years ago I put together a book of my Grandma’s life story. Last night my boys read it as their bedtime story. I am so glad I took the time a few years ago to record my grandmother’s thoughts and stories into a book. My boys love reading about her.
May God be with you til we meet again!