Sometimes, stuff happens in our lives that really puts things into perspective. I recently had one of these awakenings occur. We get so caught up with work, responsibilities, vacations, school, and we forget what is really important to us. Well, the most important thing to me is first God, but a very close second is family. I love my entire family, both near and far, very very much.
One special light on my Dad’s side of my family is my Grandma Barbara. There is something so pure, so Christ-like about her that makes people drawn to her. She is so sweet and so humble. And so very loving. When I try to vocalize my feelings, sometimes it doesn’t come out the way I want it to and I don’t fully get my message across. So this writing is everything I’ve always wanted to say to my Grandma. Here is a shout out to one of my heroes.
I’ve compiled a list of things I love about my Grandma Barbara. While this list doesn’t nearly do justice as to how amazing she truly is, it is a little glimpse into what makes her so special.
1. She’s A Hugger
You guys, I’ve never been a big hugger (this will not come as a surprise to some of you). Growing up, I was constantly resisting hugs from anyone who even attempted to wrap their arms around me. I blocked out hugs from my mom, from my dad, from my brothers, and from my friends. But one person who consistently persevered and never stopped hugging me despite my resistance is my Grandma. She always gives me hug after hug every single time I see her. And as I’ve grown up, I’ve become so much more grateful for those hugs. The warm embrace that greets me every time I see my Grandma is something that is very dear to me.
2. She’s A Lover
My Grandma has an endless amount of people she holds close to her heart. She has her husband, her six children and their spouses, her endless grandchildren and great grandchildren, her friends, the list goes on and on. And every single one of those people feels nothing but love from my Grandma. She has a way of spreading Christ-like love to all those she encounters. I have friends who have only briefly met my Grandma, and they always make comments like “Oh my goodness your Grandma is so sweet!” or “She is the nicest lady every!” and it couldn’t be more true. Someone who makes a loving first impression with everyone she meets must be a pretty special person.
3. She Never Gives Up
To say my Grandma has had a hard life would be an understatement. She has had her fair share of trials, but she has overcome each and every struggle that comes her way with grace and love. She had her first child at a very young age, but instantly filled her role as a mother. She then had four more children and continued to be the best mother she could be despite poverty and hardship. She spent quite some time as a single mother after her first husband left her. I have a hard time babysitting by myself for a couple of hours, so I can only imagine the struggle it must be to be a single mom to five children all of the time. Despite everything happening that was out of her control, she continued to raise her family with God at the center. She hasn’t allowed any of her struggles to make her bitter, and the struggles have seemed to actually have the opposite effect. They have formed her into the strongest, most empathetic and loving person she could possibly be.
4. She Places Heavenly Father At The Center Of Her Life
If there was ever an example of somebody who has her priorities straight, it is my Grandma. Just the other day, I called her to check in as she has been struggling with a health problem. I can’t remember her exact words, but she said something along the lines of, “There is no need to worry! I have faith in Heavenly Father and I know that His plan for me is better than any plan I ever had for myself so I don’t need to fear about what is happening. I have seen this time and time again in my life. He knows what is best.” She knows what’s most important. It’s God. And she trusts Him with all of her heart. Ever since the missionaries knocked on her door years ago and introduced her to the Gospel, her life has been focused on Heavenly Father.
5. She Is Sensitive And Humble And Grateful
If you have ever given my Grandma Barbara a card, or a gift, or even a simple phone call or text, you know what her reaction will be. She will cry and be SO incredibly grateful for your kind gesture. My siblings and I used to always joke about this. 🙂 We knew our Grandma was a crier! But now, I realize why she cries when her loved ones do something kind for her. She feels overwhelming gratitude for the fact that we thought of her. She may think that the only time we think about her is when we see her or call her, but the truth of the matter is I think about my Grandma all of the time and pray for her well-being. And I love the fact that she is so sensitive and so humble. It is a great example to me that I need to be more grateful when people around me do kind things for me.
Those are just five of the infinite positive qualities I could list off about my Grandma Barbara. I hope she knows how much I love her. I hope she knows how truly amazing she is. I hope she knows that she has been an example and hero to me for my entire life here on this earth. I am so grateful for eternal families, and so overwhelming grateful for the fact that I get to be with my Grandma and all of the rest of my family members forever and ever. God is good. I love you Grandma.
Bright Blue Stone