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.
Third from the left, Grammy, and her sisters.
My stylish grandparents.
Eleanor, her 3 children, their spouses and 7 grandchildren – 1993
Uncle Mike with his first of two daughters, my cousin Michelle
They loved to travel.
My dad with his older brother Mike
My dad with his parents.
At my bridal shower in 2008.
Her first daughter Sandy, with her daughter Jessica
My dad with his first born, my brother Matt
Grammy with Sandy
At her shop in South Minneapolis, Two’s Company.
The wedding party.
So in Love!
Her and 3 sisters growing up
Her oldest child Sandy, her husband Douglas and their first born Zachary
Grammy with her twin sister Adeline
The Wines children
Grammy with me on a trip to Florida in 1982
Me as a baby with cousins Molly, Jessica and Grammy