Happy Birthday Grandma!

Today is my Grandma's 93rd birthday, but this year she isn't with us to celebrate! I miss her SO much...and I know the rest of our family does too. Her favorite color is yellow (just like Jack so he would always choose it for her), so thought I'd "give her" this photo...after all, this is one of her lilies (blooming in my yard).


And this is my beautiful Grandma...I know words can't do her justice, but I did want to share a little about who she was...to me at least! And of course a few pictures too...


This is my Grandma & Grandpa at their Milwaukee house (it may be after my Mom's wedding actually)...most of my memories are from the house "up North" though.

My Grandma always had these cookies in the cookie jar waiting for me, she would always buy me these suckers (for a nickel) when we were out shopping, and she would ring a cowbell (literally) to let me know it was time for supper if I was playing down the street. She taught me & my brother how to play cards very early in life and then spent many hours winning the money she had lent us for the games back. She took long walks with me, let me pretend her bed was a sleigh, and would listen to me sing songs for hours (no matter how annoying or repetitive they were).

She hated having her picture taken, so a good ploy was to try to get her with my kids...she'd at least look in my direction that way! She may have been just a little smitten with my children (and they with her too)! Here is Jack (at age 1) attacking her (on her birthday)...I believe she may have told me to mind my own business when I told him to be gentle! :-)


And this was the day she met EJ...I hadn't been sure how my Grandma felt about our adoption until this day...I never questioned it again. These two had a very special relationship & spent many days sharing snacks side-by-side in this chair.


My Grandma always told it as she saw it...(I know my brother is smiling at that if he's reading this)...She cracked me up! Like for example, she hated when my kids wore stripes ("that's all they ever wear") and she wasn't always a fan of the names I gave them either. And she would make silly faces at me sometimes when other people were talking...I thought it was our little secret. But later, I caught her making those same faces at my kids. :-)

Oh and I did I mention that she cracked me up?


Jack & Grandma "shared" a birthday...well, almost! Grandma told me when Jack was born that it was better that they were a day apart as that way they each had their own day. However, I think both of them LOVED the fact that we celebrated their birthday together each year.

Here they are last year...


And with their number candles...



My Grandma loved living up North...she watched the birds and planted a crazy, huge garden each year! I am SO not a fan of birds and "brown thumb" might be too nice of a description for me. My Mom gave me some of Grandma's iris & lillies though (she says even I can manage them) and I love them. I think of her every time I see them...

I know I was blessed with an amazing woman for a Grandma...I am grateful that I not only knew her, but knew her into adulthood...I am so thankful that my children had such a special relationship with her...and I smile every time I look at Olivia and see one of Grandma's "silly faces" (I wonder if she likes Olivia's name? probably not the Finn part right?).

Happy Birthday Grandma! I love you...
tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

i'm already an emotional wreck!! didn't need this. :)

happy birthday grandma ...

praying for you guys as you get through this milestone ...

Holley Gerth - (in)courage said...

This was such a sweet post! I loved seeing the pictures of your grandma and your affection for her just flowed through each of your words. It made me miss my wonderful grandma too. Such blessings, these amazing women.

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