Inspiration can come from everywhere, you just have to slow down and notice it..
Happy Birthday Grammy
To a woman,
Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother,
Saleswoman and business owner always in a suit and heels,
Lover of her family, Minnesota sports teams, travel, birds, gardening and politics,
Smart wit and great humor,
Polish and of Catholic faith,
Attentive to details and taking great care in cooking and cleaning,
Inspiring each live she has touched to be a little more gentle, a little more understanding and to act with love.
Happy 100th Birthday to my Grammy, I love you.
This is her first birthday our family will be remembering her without her present. I know her lessons will last my lifetime and will continue to have a powerful influence on future generations of our family. After her passing in December 2012 (link) I took some of her photo albums, as pictures are so important to me. Here are a few of my favorites.
My dad with his parents.
At her shop in South Minneapolis, Two’s Company.
The wedding party.
Grammy with her first 5 grandchildren
My dad with his older brother Mike
My dad with his first born, my brother Matt
My stylish grandparents.
Her and 3 sisters growing up
At my bridal shower in 2008.
Third from the left, Grammy, and her sisters.
Me as a baby with cousins Molly, Jessica and Grammy
Grammy with her twin sister Adeline
Her first daughter Sandy, with her daughter Jessica
Eleanor, her 3 children, their spouses and 7 grandchildren – 1993
Grammy with Sandy
Grammy with me on a trip to Florida in 1982
Her oldest child Sandy, her husband Douglas and their first born Zachary
The Wines children
They loved to travel.
So in Love!
My grandparent’s wedding day.
Uncle Mike with his first of two daughters, my cousin Michelle