This past weekend we drove to Huntington, Indiana to visit Jake's great-grandma. We all know her as Grandma Millie. She is 98 years old and is one of the most wonderful women I've ever met. It's really a testimony of her love and devotion to her family to see how four of her nine children live close by her and almost every year, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and now great-great-grandchildren gather together to celebrate her birthday and honor her. With every visit, I learn of more stories of how she put her faith and family first in all she did and lived with nothing, yet loved with everything. She can't see or hear well, but when you walk on her porch or into her kitchen and yell into her ear who you are, she welcomes you with a loud scream of joy and a kiss and hug to follow. Jake's mom mentioned how all of the grandkids (she being one) felt like they were Grandma's favorite because of how she made them all feel so special and she continues to do this with her great-grandchildren and all of our kids as well. She was especially enthralled with the twins this trip, remembering stories of her own twins. I told Jake on the way home that I wish I could have known her in a time where we could sit in the kitchen with a cup of coffee, ask many questions and soak in as much wisdom as I possibly could from her. But even just in sitting with her on the front porch, I have learned so much about humility and what it means to truly love. These are pictures that our family will treasure forever. I'm so glad that our kids have the chance to be loved by Grandma Millie.
Grandma, Maurah and Hayden
Grandma feeding Hayden
Our kids with their Grandma Tammy and her Grandma Millie
Maurah, Lexi and Hayden with Grandma
The twins and Grandma