Thursday, June 5, 2008

My Heroes

There's not much going on around here today, so today you get a random photo and a story to go with it.

This is the story of my heroes.

These are my grandparents, my mom's parents. I admire my grandparents more than anyone in the world. My grandparents raised 7 kids in a loving home, who have all grown up to be really great adults. They raised them all in a tiny little house in a tiny little town and my grandma was superwoman. She still is. She sewed all the clothes for all her kids when they were growing up and my mom said that she was 12 before she realized that you could buy dresses at the store! She's a great cook, a loving mother and grandmother and most fun person I know. The best memories I have of my childhood are being at my grandparents house. It always smelled like pot roast, cookies and my grandmas lotion, and there were always lots and lots of cousins to play with when I was there.

Somewhere along the way someone forgot to mention to my grandparents that they're getting old. :) My grandma is in her 80's and my grandpa just turned 90, and they are still the busiest people I know! They volunteer at the family history center for our church several times a week, they bring meals to the sick, they make visits to the elderly (which I don't think they consider themselves!), and they've also served two missions for our church, moving to Portugal for 18 months at one point and learning to speak fluent Portuguese when they were in their 60's. They're just the nicest, happiest, sweetest people on the Earth. I always joke that my grandma will make the dinner for her own funeral and write out the thank you cards, lol. She truly is Superwoman.

My grandparents are also such an example to me of a happy marriage. They got married as soon as my grandma graduated from high school, so they're been married for over 60 years. I often see them holding hands and snuggling with each other and it's my goal in life to still be that much in love with my husband when we're in our 80's. It's obvious how much they love and care about each other. You rarely see one of them without the other.

My grandparents are getting old now and I know that our time with them is getting shorter, so I savor every minute of it when we're together. My grandparents have never had a lot of money, they've never had a big house or fancy things, but it's been a life filled with children, grandchildren, service to others and lots and lots of love. I think that my grandparents are the luckiest people in the world.


Trying to be a WAHM said...

That was a beautiful tribute to your grandparents, and your grandmother in particular. She sounds like an amazing woman. I bet she would like to hear what you have to say about her!

Unknown said...

Really adorable picture!

~April~ said...

They are so cute! Your post made me cry though. My grandparents were the same way. You almost never saw them without each other. But my grandmother passed away a couple months ago in April. It was really hard to see my grandpa standing all alone. I hope I can live the kind of life that they have though. They're amazing!