10 things I love about my Grandma are...
1. She loves her family and will do just about anything for them.
|My Mum and her two sisters (Mumma is the baby)|
|My grandparents and their family|
|Gram with 7/8ths of her grandkids (at the time)|
|Grandma and her oldest and youngest daughters in August 2011|
|Grandma visiting her sister at the nursing home|
|Bryn and I in Cairo, Egypt Skyping with the hometown family on Christmas Day 2010|
|The extended family at Grandma and Grandpa's 60th wedding anniversary celebration in August 2012|
2. She has such a strong faith in God.
|My baby dedication at the Orchard City Seventh-day Adventist Church|
|A special prayer for Grandma by Pastor Brian after church in October|
3. She appreciates good music and instilled that into her children and grandchildren.
|Baby Ali plunking on my grandparents' piano|
(In the background, the best ever SDA songbook!)
|Mum and me practicing violin together|
4. She has a passion for traveling and learning about more of the world.
|On our Hawaii trip (Gram opted out of the picture...)|
|Riding Via Rail from Moncton, New Brunswick to Quebec City|
5. She loves flowers and pretty things in nature.
|Gram with a beautiful bouquet sent from a friend|
|My grandparents on their annual spring trip to Art Knapps for flowers to plant|
|Grandma with her colourful selections|
6. She's always up for a good joke or a bit of fun.
|A funny prankster man who started dusting Gram and Mum while we were walking around Quebec City|
|Good-natured Gram modeling a "gift" from Mum and me|
This is just so typical of my Grandma. She is always ready for a laugh and if it's with family or good friends it's even better. I have so many memories of her and my Mum and sometimes others having giggle fits about the silliest things. I'm so glad I grew up in a family who knows the benefits of laughter!
7. She always encourages.
|Writing Christmas thank you cards with my super-cool coloured pen|
Secondly, my Grandma has instilled in me the importance of encouraging others. She is always writing thank you notes, encouraging letters to people who live far away or who can't get out much, and visiting people who need a pick-me-up. Her care for others is so inspiring and I hope I can be as much of a blessing to others as I know she has been to many.
8. She loves sports.
|Gram helping my older sister Becky learn how to play baseball|
9. She believes books and reading are important.
|Gram listening to my niece Coral read a book|
10. She loves traditions and celebrations.
|Santa grandparents - Their Christmas picture from a couple years ago|
|My grandparents with Jonathan and me at our wedding in August 2011|
|Cutting the cake at their 60th wedding anniversary in August 2012|
|Celebrating their 61st anniversary in their home|
All in all, I am so happy to have had nearly 29 wonderful years of knowing and loving my Grandma. I am so privileged to have her as my grandmother and to be able to learn so many things from her. Last night after Jonathan and I sang a hymn to her she told me how much she loved me. When I said "I love you so much, too, Gram," she countered with "I love you more!" I'm not sure. I think we both win that competition.
(My apologies for the large number of pictures. There were just too many good ones that I couldn't leave out. The vast majority were from my Mum, but one was from Jonathan and the rest are my own.)