There is always something so special about grandmas... and mine is no exception. My grandma Nina was such a sweet, precious woman who loved the Lord, and she always made that clear by the way she carried herself and the way she treated others. There are so many memories that I have of her, of her and my grandpa and of her and me. She adored her family and beside her unrelenting faith, her family was always her number one.
I remember how she used make a bed out of a dresser drawer for my baby brother when we would visit her house. I remember walking the long "haul road" in the Mark Twain National Forest with her, kicking rocks along the way. I remember going out to pick walnuts and helping her crack the shells so she could make some yummy treats. I remember her taking me to church camp... and how she had to come back and get me after the first night because I was scared and homesick. I remember how, as I got older, those memories became more precious to me. I will always remember her smile, her walk, the way she crossed her legs and the way she told me that God is good and that He will always walk beside me. I will always hear her voice speaking to me and I will always hear her say, "I love you, Jewel."
She and my grandpa were married nearly 73 years and they were such a strong example of what a marriage should be. They raised three children and traveled all over the country, making new friends along the way. My grandpa was in WWII and he was overseas when their first child was born. He was a lead miner and she was a stay at home wife and mother, as most women of that time were. When my grandma passed, my grandpa lost the will go to on. He loved her more than life and left this world to be with her just a few short months later. When she passed from this world in July 2015, it was heartbreaking. Knowing I could not answer her phone calls anymore, knowing I would not hear her words of wisdom and knowing I would have to wait until I got to the other side to see her again. My grandma was special and I miss her dearly.
For those of you that read this, you may wonder why in the world a blog like this has been written on a company website devoted to personalization, engraving, and creating the most precious gifts on the planet. Well, I've written this blog because we have now created a precious family heirloom for ourselves. What once was just a rolling pin, is now beloved heirloom that my family will forever treasure. Until we meet again, grandma, I will love and miss you.