Sunday, February 21, 2010

turning 80

My grandmother, whom I love dearly and am very close to considering that I'm her only granddaughter, turns 80 tomorrow. In celebration of her life and the wonderful inspiration she is to so many in my family, we had a blowout bash on Saturday including 4 of her 6 siblings and their spouses, all of her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, and various friends from far and near. The celebration was very fitting for the many lives she has touched with her generosity, kind heart and caring spirit. I can't say enough about what a wonderful person my grandmother is. Everything I know about faith in God, resourceful living, gardening, canning, and a great many other things, I either learned directly from her or by way of my parents from her. Happy 80th birthday, Granny!

{Granny, in magenta,
with all her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids}

{Granny with her great-grandkids}

Since my brother and his family came to town for Granny's birthday celebration, they stayed at our house for the weekend. We took advantage of the fabulous weather today and made a visit to one of our favorite nearby wooded parks.

There, we...

climbed trees,

walked the trails,

poked at melting snow,

crossed ravines (or started to, anyway),

collected pinecones,

found a spider egg sac,

crouched in a gnome hole,

and discovered nature's "po'corn".

A very full weekend, indeed.


  1. Oh this is exciting! My father in law is turning 75 in 2 weeks...a very exciting occasion too! :)

  2. That looks like SO much fun! We had a wonderful time outside on this glorious weekend, too!

  3. happy happy birthday! 80 is such a milestone. i know you have given your family so much inspiration!

    joy, i love this. i just posted about my grandma last week. i hope i can be the rock for my family that my grandmothers have been.


  4. love my gram. i think they would get along just fine!

  5. Oh your grandma looks fabulous for 80! You are blessed to still have her everyday wisdom.

  6. Your Grandma sounds like an amazing person. How fun for you all to throw her a big party!

  7. It looks like a beautiful weekend together with family!! : )


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