Today I embark upon my new blog adventure! I'm kind of excited, and kind of horrified, because let's face it ... I am among the technologically challenged. But I love seeing all of your lives and mostly I would really love a way to just give the thoughts puttering around in my head away!!!
We are so blessed. I have to say, I can see the tender mercies of the Lord in my life and in the lives of my family. The Double B and I have possibly the two greatest kids ever and the best parents imaginable. And I have been blessed to have one of the most wonderful granny's to ever live as my Grandma. She died yesterday. And I got to have her as a steadying influence in my life for almost 26 years. She was quirky in a way that few people are quirky! She was adorable, demanding, strong in her testimony, loving like you wouldn't believe, funny, nervous, and the best most comfortable cuddle ever. I love her. I love her with all my heart! And I will miss her more then I can say. The Double B gave me a blessing that I would be able to think of all the wonderful times we had with her, and that is what I want to focus on. Some favorite memories: driving up to salt lake with her as a kid and practicing my reading on all the billboards. She would listen forever! But maybe it was a clever plan on her part to have me STOP TALKING ... for at least a few seconds. We would always sing "side by side." Grandma, I hope you'll always be by my side! Whenever you can be. I loved performing for her. I think she carried the program for "The Foreigner" around forever. She made me feel so good about myself. I remember sitting on her lawn to watch the parachute guy at the Ute Stampede. Having her tell me how wonderful her family was. In fact, the last time I talked to her she told me again how blessed she was, how good her family was, how precious I was to her. She was trying to track down my mom, cause apparently she thought I always knew where my mom was!!! She always gave me my Mary Dawn update. she was SO proud of her kids and grand kids. I love to think of the two of us watching "South Pacific." She loved Emile, I loved the Sexy Lieutenant. We were both happy. Once I watched "The Fugitive" with her and she almost squoze my arm off!! She was hilarious in those situations. I am so thankful for the few days I got to spend with her and Mary Dawn in Nephi earlier this year. A few days ago she called to brag that she was eating a chicken salad from Reed's that Aunt Mary Lou had taken her down for ... she knew how much I loved them, and just wanted me to know it was really yummy. I talked to her on the phone on New Year's day. She sounded better then she has in a long time. She had had the time of her life with the Holland's on New Year's Eve and was having so much fun with Sara and Lacey. She couldn't wait to come down and maybe we could go shopping. She wanted to know about "little K.J." and "little Olivia," and to tell them she loved them, and the Double B, too. And that she loved me.
My granny was so precious to me. I hate to think of her leaving us, but leave us she must ... I know the gospel is real and I know she is with my grandpa K.J. now. I'll bet she is SO relieved that SHE MADE IT. I know she passed the test. And dangit! She did it well. I'm honored to be one of her "little sh**"s.
I love you, grandma.