I was blessed with two very different, but very strong, very Godly grandmothers. I sure wish I had spent more time with them. I would've loved to have been blessed with both's cooking and gardening skills. I feel like to an extent I got the best of both of them - I have a heart for people like my Nannie and all the fiestiness and charisma of my Grandma.
Nannie raised my mother as a single mom in the 60's - a task that at the time was not respected as it is today but rather looked down upon. She worked hard to provide for my mother and worked even harder to make every occasion both special and memorable. On Easter she would dye pearls to match my mother's dresses. On Christmas each gift was wrapped with special, decorative, themed paper. And every rodeo that rode through town, she provided my mom with new matching boots and hat. Yet, her own shoes were often worn and the sole of them replaced with cardboard or tape.
When I was a child, she worked just as hard to sp…
My life has not become what I'd imagined. I dreamed of a big career filled with important tasks that would make a real difference in the world. God gave me something better. He gave me family. My life's calling has been to be a mother. The sacrifice to stay home with them has been great. The reward has been even greater. I have had the joy and privilege to watch my children learn, grow, and laugh. Every memory of their lives, I've been blessed to share. I just doesn't get any better than that. I couldn't ask for more.