One year ago today I thought it would be fun to write my Grandma Emma a happy birthday post in honor of her 96th birthday. I hoped she would enjoy seeing her photo and name in my blog and smile at the thought of this unique birthday card created just for her. One year later I’m pleased to report she thoroughly enjoyed being the center of attention here and a quick look at my 2014 stats reveals readers around the world agree her long life is something special and deserving of celebration. Grandma’s 96th birthday card was my third most viewed post of 2014 and the photo below is of her reading through all of your kind messages.
Two of my favorite things about Grandma are her adventuresome spirit and beautiful smile. If there’s a costume around she’ll give it a try but she’s always been ready to make the most of any photo session. Here she is playing with her sister, having fun with a hula costume, posing with my Grandpa on their wedding day and in the line up as a member of her high school’s state championship winning basket ball team.
Grandma lead an active life farming, raising three boys, working as a typesetter for the local newspaper and golfing weekly until her mid 90’s. She even found time to drive a go-kart around the fields and Model T’s in the summer parade.
Grandma’s days are a little quieter now but I’m thrilled to once again have the opportunity to wish her a Happy Birthday. I don’t think she’ll mind if I quote myself from her 96th card as the sentiment remains the same.
Her feisty spirit, good heart and caring personality have carried her through a life full of twists and turns with both beauty and grace.
Keep your chin up and keep smiling Grandma, we love you!
Last year Grandma was the talk of the retirement community when word got out about her online card and all of the wonderful messages from lovely readers around the world. If any of you have a few words to share with her this year we will arrange for her to see them and I know she’ll spend an enjoyable day reading each and every one.