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A Grateful Heart (+ week-long linkup!)

September 8, 2014
Today I am grateful for grandparents πŸ™‚
Did you all know that it was Grandparents Day on Sunday? Fortunately, I was able to spend half of the day with my dad’s parents, my Grandma and Granddad, on Saturday. It was for sure a snapshot of the soul kind of day. My Grandma and I spent hours going through old photographs, some of she and my Granddad when they were first married, others of my dad and his siblings when they were young, and then of course we looked at the pictures that had captured such sweet moments of my cousins and me when we were growing up. It was so much fun to go through all of the pictures and to hear the stories that went along with some of them – my Grandma and Granddad were, and still are, so much fun. My Granddad brought us some sushi – something they’d never had before but wanted to try with me – and other than the wasabi, I think it was a successful tasting πŸ˜‰ We went out to dinner and shared more stories and life dreams… I don’t think I’d ever gotten alone time with just the two of them before and it was so, so special.

Are we not the most colorful bunch you ever did see? πŸ™‚
Of course I am also SO thankful for my other grandparents: my Grandma Jenny, Mary Ann (who both live elsewhere in Indiana), and for my sweet Grandpa Bob in Heaven – gosh, I wish he was here for me to call and wish a happy day to πŸ™‚ (Although I did send him a bird this weekend and surely that was better than a card.) Grandparents are so precious, and I feel so blessed to have collected so many sweet memories of all of mine over the years.
What areΒ youΒ grateful for?

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries!Β This linkup will be open until Friday!Β 

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3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
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  • Soo grateful tor grandparents. Love mine on both sides so, so much–they are so precious, and no one makes you feel quite like they do. πŸ™‚

  • Rachel White

    Lovely post! I always love those "back in the day" kind of chats, just shows you how very different the world has become since them times. That little bird you gave to your Grandpa Bob comment did make me giggle! πŸ™‚

    Rachel xx

  • Grandparents are the best! I didn't live close to mine growing up and it bothered my mom that we missed out on that relationship. Ever since I had my daughters she and my dad have been the most amazing grandparents ever. They give my girls the best gift…their time and love! They are at every even, concert, game etc that they participate in. Such a gift. Love that you spent part of the day reminiscing. What a lovely day!

  • Melissa Camacho

    What a great weekend. Dead bird and all. I love spending time with my grandparents. I called my dad's side yesterday to wish them a happy grandparents day- they didn't even know that was the day! so it was a nice surprise. it's great you were able to spend so much time with them one-on-one just chatting. πŸ™‚

  • Aw, I am glad you got to spend time with your grandparents. Today I am thankful that my brother got an extra week of pre-deployment leave. πŸ™‚

  • That's so great you got to spend time with your dad's parents. Did they like sushi? what kind did you guys try?
    My older sister has been in town since Friday and it has been fun hanging out with her, Today I am thankful for that. πŸ™‚

  • I didn't even realize it was grandparents day! That pic is so cute of ya'll πŸ™‚

  • Too bad I don't have a strong relationship with my grandparents :/ so I will just celebrate with my mom πŸ™‚ Even better!

  • How did I not even know it was grandparents day! I feel like a giant butthead now. lol! It looks like you all had a great time!

  • Oh my goodness, Emily, that sounds like a perfect day! I LOVE going through old family pictures with my grandparents. I love to see the smiles come across their faces as they show me pictures of their kids when they were little, their parents, their grandchildren… There is something so very special about that. So glad you were able to spend that precious time with your grandparents – I know they loved it too! Someday I hope to have a gallery wall in my wall full of old family pictures! πŸ™‚

  • There really is nothing better than grandparents!!! It's amazing how much light they shine!!

  • How special that you were able to spend the day with them! I only knew one Grandma and she hasn't been with us for quite some time, but I love hearing other's special relationships with their grandparents! How sweet πŸ™‚

  • Your grandparents look like beautiful and awesome people. Awesome that you got this special time with them.

  • So sweet.

  • This is just so sweet! My grandparents are so special to me too. We went out for breakfast yesterday. I love all the little moments we get to share, especially because a lot of people don't have the opportunity to be close to their grandparents.

  • chall1018

    Yes! So grateful for Grandparents. Definitely on my list
    this week, too. I love that you got to spend the day with yours. And I especially love the picture of you
    three. Those moments are so special! Mason (and us too) got to spend Saturday
    with my parents and Sunday with my husband’s parents.

  • Awww I miss my grandparents! They were such wonderful people! I lost my grandmother in 2010 and my grandfather in 2013. So sad. I miss them more than anything.

  • Meg Henning

    ahh your grandparents are so cute. i definitely have appreciated my grandma more as i have gotten older and now that is the only grandparent i have left i am so blessed she has been able to meet my son. happy monday to you! xoxo

  • Your grandparents are adorable!! When we look back on our life we should realize how important grandparents are. They are filled with knowledge and advice. They deserve more than one day a year!

  • Your grandparents are too cute!! I love how they had sushi with you for the first time =) Adventurous souls!! Happy Monday! XO

  • That's so true! It's such a special bond (or can be, anyway) – I'm so glad you have that too πŸ™‚

  • LOVE those back in the day chats, yes! It was so interesting to hear stories from what she and my Granddad would do with their friends… they were (and still are) very social.. always throwing parties, traveling with friends – I think it's what's kept them so young at heart, their love of life! πŸ™‚

  • It's so hard when you don't live close. I love that thought of your parents having so much time with your girls! πŸ™‚ I know that's what my parents wish for too – just to be actively involved in what's going on in their lives. Memories made with grandparents are those you'll treasure your whole life!

  • haha!! Dead bird and all, I was glad I could spend that time with them. (None of my grandparents knew it was Grandparents Day either!!) So sweet, haha!

  • That's awesome!!! So does that mean his extra week is right now? Are you guys hanging out this week?!

  • I think my Granddad really loved the sushi. My Grandma didn't hate it but when I asked her if she'd order it at a restaurant, she said there are probably other things she'd order first πŸ˜‰ haha. (Neither of them were wasabi fans!) We had tuna and salmon rolls πŸ™‚

    I love that you're getting this time with your sister! Hope you gals enjoy the rest of the week together!

  • My grandparents (all of them) had no idea it was their special day on Saturday, haha! My Grandma said, "It's because you blog! You just know these things!" haha- so funny.

  • aww ;( I would have to say that moms should be celebrated all the time, yes. (And I'm sure she would appreciate the extra love!)

  • The only reason I knew is because I was going to do a post on how horrible it was that Grandparents didn't have their own day… and then I got to thinking about it and wondered- wait, do they? They do πŸ˜‰

  • It was just one of those days I will always, always remember with my Grandma, you know? πŸ™‚ (I cried the whole way home… such a special time with them but so bittersweet. I just want them to live forever!)

    I love your gallery wall idea!!

  • It's so true!!!! πŸ™‚ I just love them dearly!

  • It really has been special to have had precious time with all of my grandparents. The older I get the more I realize how important that time is & to celebrate it!

  • They really are such lovely, sweet people. (And FUN.) πŸ˜‰

  • It's one of those things where the older I get, I'm kicking myself for not having made more time to come home and spend extra time with all of them (why is it that we only realize that stuff the older we get? I'm mentally kicking my high school self all over town right now.) I think they get it though and I know they're happy to have the present moments too! πŸ™‚

  • When I asked the server to take our picture, my Granddad was like, "You're taking a picture?! Really?! Are you going to put this on your blog?!" hahah πŸ˜‰ So glad you all got to spend that kind of time with all of the grandparents! πŸ™‚

  • awww. It's so hard to not have them here anymore- my Grandpa passed away in May and I think about him every single day. Lots of wonderful memories! πŸ™‚

  • Oh they are SO adorable!! πŸ™‚ And yes- totally agree with you -I was just commenting below about that- it really hits you as you get older, doesn't it?! How special that your Grandma knows your son – that is such a blessing! Happy Monday to you, meg!! πŸ™‚

  • ugh I just love them all so, so much! They really DO deserve more than one day a year, Kenj! (I think they'd be on board with that, too. haha!)

  • It was SO cute, the sushi!! (And what I didn't mention in the post is that my Grandma had bought wine and Oreos for she and I… hahaha! She was like, "Are you going to dip them?!" She's hilarious!) Happy Monday!!! πŸ™‚

  • This is such a sweet post. That picture of you three is one to be cherished. It's so cute. πŸ™‚

    My grandparents meant the world to me, they passed away years ago, but I still remember them and know that they are probably partying it up with God and making everyone laugh. (They loved to dance!!)

  • This is making me miss my grandma. πŸ™‚ It's so good that you're taking the time to appreciate them now.. since we won't always have them around.

  • aww!! I'm sure they are!! πŸ™‚ And that's exactly how you should think of them. My Grandpa was the *best* story teller and I often think of him up there telling all of his stories… over and over and over πŸ˜‰

  • aww. I know it. I'm soaking up each and every moment!