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Monday, March 22, 2010

So I've decided...

....that this week I am posting pictures from my wedding. Only because I am bound and determined to have a better week this week and I am staying positive and happy. And my wedding day makes me happy. I know that people say this and it sounds really cheesy, but it was the best day of my life. Yes, it was better than the day my children were born because I was awake and not drugged out for it. I also didn't weigh 200lbs on my wedding day. And I was having a good hair day. Anyway, so today I am focusing on my Gram. Oh, how I love this lady! Isn't she beautiful? She is turning 80 this year, which is amazing. She giggles like a teenager. She knows how to love and she loves to the fullest. Speaking of love, that is what she says about her life, that she has always been loved..."I was loved by my parents. I was loved by my husband. And now I am loved by my children and my grandchildren and my great grandchildren." Isn't that a fantastic way to look at your life? And this is not to say that she hasn't had her rough patches. She has. But she made it through them with class and dignity and humor and I speak to my grandmother often - about life, husbands and children, the past, her upbringing, her travels, her friends and the fact that she has the busiest retirement I have ever heard of.

When I was a child she would push me around the yard in the wheel barrow. Purple was my favorite color and in the spring she would plant purple flowers in her yard and call them her "Angie Flowers." She made me pudding on a cloud and orange cows for dessert. I remember watching her and my Papa dance "the stroll" together in the living room and then teaching me all about the music of their courtship. I cannot tell you how many times they were a perfect audience for me while I belted out "Blueberry Hill" and "Chantilly Lace."

As a teen and an adult, even though we live 750 miles apart, she has been there for everything major (and even not so major) in my life. Weddings...graduations...she even came to stay with me for 3 weeks after the girls were born...holding babies, washing bottles, changing diapers.

She loves me unconditionally. She doesn't judge. She accepts and supports, encourages and praises. She is there to celebrate my life's victories with me and there to pick up the pieces when things fall apart.

She has 6 children, 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. I can safely say that each and every one of us would do anything in the world for her...the same way that she would do anything in the world for any one of us.

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