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Thankful Thursday #2

Posted on November 18th, 2011

THANKFUL THURSDAY: Thankful for fabulous grandparents on both sides!

I am so thankful for the example that my wonderful grandparents have set for me (and my family). Some of my most cherished memories revolve around them. I am so thankful for the role they have played in my life.

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My maternal grandparents have a tradition that they have practiced for each of their 60 wedding anniversaries: enjoying an ice cream sundae together! I am so thankful for the example they have set for me, my brothers, and my cousins of a committed, steadfast marriage. My sweet grandma has made a quilt for each of her grandchildren for their wedding gift. I will forever cherish this quilt — her labor of love for me for my wedding day!

My grandparents introduced my extended family to Fripp Island, SC when I was a baby and we spent most spring breaks growing up making memories there. It seemed only fitting that Jared and I would get married at the place that held so many special memories. It was so meaningful to share the amazing day with my grandparents –who started the tradition!

Proud Grandma with her great-grandchild, Annie.

I am so thankful to have experienced so many seasons of life with my grandparents. They have been very much a part of my life – through the ups and downs. So grateful!

I am pretty sure that the bag in my mom’s hand was a great buy found by my grandma! Some of my favorite memories consist of shopping trips where she has taught me the art of finding a bargain. And please notice the deck we are standing on; my grandpa built that himself (along with their house), and if we ever wondered where he was, our first place to look would be sitting outside watching the birds. He is a wildlife lover and my cousins and brothers would attest to knowing much about birds because of the knowledge he’s shared with us.

My paternal grandma and I have shared some special memories as well. I will never forget that she celebrated my 30th birthday with me in Chicago.

I had the opportunity to join my grandma in a visit to her sister in Milwaukee. It was so fun to join her and learn more about her life.

My grandma raised four strong boys and did so alone for a large part of their childhood when my grandpa passed away. To say that she has a determination and strength is an understatement. I am so grateful for her example that she has set of a tenacity and courage to endure such hardships.

One of my favorite memories of my grandma was when she would drive to Ivanhoe’s, an ice cream joint near my college, and meet me for a treat. I learned much about her childhood and early marriage days which I will always treasure.

Proud Grandma with her great-granddaughter on a recent trip to Nashville.

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Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa Goodson and Grandma Hansen, for living lives that make us so proud to be your grandchildren. May we follow in many of the steps that you have walked before us!

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