About a month ago, Chynna and I were on the phone sharing childhood memories growing up at our grandmother’s home. Some of our earliest memories of running free in open fields, “cooking” dirt pies, and using our imagination to create our own little worlds were made there. After recently visiting for the holidays, we noticed how much our old playground had changed over the years. The reality of everything we cherish about my grandmother and her home one day passing away hit us pretty hard. But how are memories of your ancestors and past adventures kept alive? By documenting and passing them on to the future generations right? Between Chynna and I, we own at least six different cameras, so we decided to utilize them to start a mini memory book 🙂
One of my favorite memories of growing up with my grandmother was meeting her at the clothes line early in the morning and listening to her stories and plans for the day. My grandmother is one of the hardest working and most productive women I know, so sleeping in is never an option for her. She used to tell me, “If you’ve slept in past 8 am, you’ve slept half your day away!”
My grandmother lives pretty deep into the country of East Texas, so as you can imagine there isn’t too much to get into. As a kid, the highlight of my weekends would be going into town with my grandmother and begging her to buy me jiffy mix so I could bake her a “cake”. Am I the only one that used to (and still does) lick the bowl after making some jiffy cornbread?
One of the main things that reminds me of my grandmother is denim. Even before the denim hype of the early 2000’s, my grandmother has looooved her some denim pieces. She loved denim so much that for her 60th birthday she threw a “Denim and Diamonds” themed party and required all her guests to wear…you guessed it..denim head to toe. At least the lady will never go out of style right?
To my loving grandmother,
I sincerely thank you for loving your children and grandchildren unconditionally.
You have taught us to be kind and compassionate
but also how to have strength and good work ethic.
You are always willing to put others before yourself
without expecting any reward or favor in return.
I hope in the quiet moments you reflect on your own life
that you are proud of all you’ve accomplished
and provided for us.
I pray I can pass all the amazing qualities you have
intstilled in me on to my own children and they to their children.
Thank you for creating fun memories for Chynna and I.
Here’s to many more!
We love you very much.