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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A little bit of inspiration from Grandma

Today is a special day!
I'm being featured at Mama's Little Nestwork as an Inspirational Blogger.
If you're stopping by from the Nest, I can't wait to meet you!
If you haven't found Mama Hen in the blogosphere, you have to check her out!
 Her blog is always uplifting, and her posts never fail to make me smile.
Somehow she has found the time, energy, and creativity to build her own community.
The fact that she finds me inspiring is nuts! Thanks for featuring me, Mama Hen!
I am so flattered and grateful for the chance to meet the rest of the nest!
If you want to know more about me feel free to look around the shoebox.
Grab a cup of coffee and stay a while.
Be sure to stop by and check out my debut!

EDIT: After writing this post, I feel like I poured my heart out.
So I'm pulling a double duty post and joining Shell today too!
Her Pour Your Heart Out meme is one of my faves.
It's free weekly therapy, and some of the best reads out there!
Stop by and check it out!

I have to admit, I'm a bit nervous. Since I've been deemed inspiring, I must now inspire you...
That's a tall order! I'll do my best.
I thought the perfect way to inspire you was to share something
(or someone in this case) who inspires me.
My Grandma!

My Grandmother just recently celebrated her 86th birthday!
My sister and I planned a special lunch for her,
and man does she know how to party!

I'm totally kidding!!
My poor grandma puts up with us acting like we're 12!

We had so many laughs that day my sides hurt!
My sister and I cannot resist the urge to play dress up.
Especially if Grandma is up for the fun!
(Just for the record my grandma would not approve of drinking!
She would probably kill me if she knew this was on here-LOL)

We had such a great time celebrating her special day.
We laughed, we cried, and just had fun!

My grandmother raised my sister and I for the first five years of my life and most of my sister's life until she was about 12. Some of my fondest memories as a little girl are of the times we shared with my grandma.

My sister and I used to walk to school everyday together, and on the way home we would stop at this flower shop near our house. It was on the way home, and it was perfect! The florist there would let us pick from whatever we wanted out of the back for free! Looking back now I think we were allowed to pick their trash, but we thought we were getting something beautiful and special for her. We stopped there almost everyday and brought her flowers.

I got to thinking about those flowers from out back the trash, and that pretty much sums up what my grandma did for us. She created something beautiful out of something pretty trashy.

We were without a mom. My mother left my father and the two of us early on. I was an infant and my sister was about 6. Our mother was nothing prize winning, and our father was busy trying to finish school, work, and do whatever he could to make a life for us on his own. Our grandmother raised us until my dad remarried.

I can see now how signifigant those first years of my life were in making me who I am today. I am so grateful for those years with my grandma. I see a lot of the memories she made for me in my life with my kids today.

My love for baking, my love for crafts, the way I love my boys, my love for reading, my love for God's word, and my love for Jesus! All of the things I love are things I did with her. I have memories of all of my favorite things as an adult in those first years of my little life with her.

They (whoever they are) say that the first five years of a child's life are the most significant. Whatever a child experiences during those years sticks with them. I beleive that. I see so many things about myself that I can only credit my grandma for. These are the things I like about myself. The things that make me feel good about me. I could look back at that time of my life and think how sad it was. I could think about how I didn't have a mom.

But, because of my sweet grandma, I look back at that time as something special.

The time we got to spend with her.

Happy birthday, Grandma!

Isaiah 61:3
Beauty instead of ashes


At August 24, 2010 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Adrienne thank you for being the featured inspirational blogger in the Nestwork today! You have been such an inspiring writer and have poured your heart out at times. Happy birthday to your sweet grandmom. Have a great day my friend!

Mama Hen

At August 24, 2010 at 10:30 PM , Blogger Ruth said...

Adrienne congrats!! You totally deserve this feature!!!

oh how sweet those pictures are... and what a sweet grandma! thanks for sharing this post. its nice getting to know more about you...:)

At August 24, 2010 at 10:34 PM , Blogger Dawn said...

heartfelt post - very nice & adorable pix!

At August 24, 2010 at 10:50 PM , Blogger TV's Take said...

Congrats on being featured! I love how much you appreciate your grandmother for all she gave you. She is also the cutest lil grandma :-)

At August 24, 2010 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Hi! Visiting from My Little Neswork. What fun memories to look back on and how cool it is your partying it up with your Grandma. Sounds like you have a lovely family. I am following you now! :)

Mommy Only Has Two Hands!

At August 24, 2010 at 11:19 PM , Blogger Stephanie M. Page said...

This is an absolutely precious post.
Stopping by and following form Mama Hen.

At August 24, 2010 at 11:47 PM , Blogger Katharine said...

What a lovely tribute and inspiring post! I found you through the nestwork.. Blessings on your day!

At August 25, 2010 at 12:16 AM , Blogger Hannah said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet Grandmother! I can only hope that my boys look back on their lives with me with the same kind of love and admiration that you have toward your grandmother! You are so lucky that you and your sister had such a wonderful woman and role model to raising you both. This was a beautiful post! I am a new follower from the nestwork! I look forward to getting to know you more! Hope you have a great week!

At August 25, 2010 at 12:46 AM , Blogger Jinnia Low said...

Adrienne, you and your sister radiate such joy around your grandma. You're all smiles! It's beautiful and I love your post. Congrats on being the featured inspirational blogger! You fulfilled the tall order with grace and style (those pics are very cool!) ;-)

At August 25, 2010 at 12:51 AM , Blogger Marissa said...

thanks to the nestwork, I have found your blog and LOVE it!

I lost my grandmother about six months ago and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about her and the incredible woman that she was. You have me in tears, knowing the important role your grandma took on to raise you and your sister-it is so beautiful. Your blog is definitely inspirational, I'm your newest follower and will be checking back often! I think I'm adding you to my blog roll too!!

At August 25, 2010 at 2:17 AM , Blogger J. At Your Service said...

Congrats on the feature! You had me going with your grandma partying there! LOL! I thought "woah, she's more gangster than my grandma!!",haha! I am your newest follower!

At August 25, 2010 at 3:30 AM , Blogger Rachel Cotterill said...

That's a lovely story, thank you :) I hope you enjoy your feature day.

At August 25, 2010 at 6:20 AM , Blogger Nicole Montgomery said...

I am now crying my eyes out after reading this. Darn me and my over emotional tear ducts. Inspiration Blogger is definitely a title that suits you well. I will continue to read!

At August 25, 2010 at 7:10 AM , Blogger Sommer J said...

Congrats on your feature! Happy birthday your Grandmother!! I'm sure she's proud. Thought your grandmom partying up made me giggle- haha. Looking forward to reading more inspiring post from you!!!

At August 25, 2010 at 7:33 AM , Blogger Life with the Lebedas said...

Congrats on being featured!! I love the story about your Grandma. I look at my Grandmother the same way and it's nice to see somebody that has a close relationship with theirs!! Thanks for sharing. BTW, cute blog design.

At August 25, 2010 at 8:12 AM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

What an amazing lady! What an amazing story!

At August 25, 2010 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Adeena said...

Congrats on being featured!

I love the shots of your Grandma! You're so lucky. :) My grandma passed away when I was 16, and I miss her a lot.

At August 25, 2010 at 8:51 AM , Blogger LindyLouMac said...

Visiting you today from Nestwork, Congratulations on being featured. Thankyou for sharing this lovely tribute to your Grandma. I bet she would be amazed to see this :)

At August 25, 2010 at 8:53 AM , Blogger Liz said...

Congratulations on being the featured blogger! Your grandma is the hippest 86 year old EVER!!

At August 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Happy Birthday to your Grandma & Congratulations on your feature at the Nest.

Those flowers still have some life in them - that's a really neat memory you have of picking a treasure each day!

At August 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM , Blogger ~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

Congrats on being featured today! I am visiting from the little nestwork and are new to the group. What a great blog you have!

At August 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM , Blogger Stacie said...

Adrienne! How beautiful. You made me cry this morning! What a wonderful grandmother you have!

And your blog is so cute, btw! Love the polka dots!

At August 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM , Blogger Shell said...

How blessed you are to have her in your life!

Off to check out the blog where you were featured! They have great taste. ;)

At August 25, 2010 at 12:49 PM , Blogger YayaOrchid said...

What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your sweet Grandma. I do believe you and I have similar backgrounds. I too was raised by my Grandma for the first five years of my life. And I think she was always the rock that held my life in place. It's a long story and yet such a common story.

I loved your post and will be your follower. I hope you can visit my blog as well. Thank you for sharing!

At August 25, 2010 at 1:27 PM , Blogger Cheryl said...

Congrats Adrienne for being featured! Am one of your newest followers from Mama's Little Nestwork!

Happy Birthday to your Grandma...mine is 98! Beautiful photos and family : )

At August 25, 2010 at 2:36 PM , Blogger adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

congrats on your feature! i love that you love your grandma so much. she sounds like an amazing woman. where would the world be without grandmas (ok, not literally, duh). ;) but seriously, where would we be? grandmas are the best!!! and many blessing to her for raising you and your sis for five years. what a sacrifice of love!

At August 25, 2010 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Brooke said...

your grandmother is beautiful inside and out. it is apparent that she passed that onto you!

I found you through Pour Your Heart Out. Look forward to reading more of your posts. I'm your newest follower :)

At August 25, 2010 at 7:02 PM , OpenID dozenroses13 said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Grandmother :)
I bet you've helped make her as cool as she is today!!

At August 25, 2010 at 7:02 PM , OpenID dozenroses13 said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Grandmother :)
I bet you've helped make her as cool as she is today!!

At August 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM , Blogger Meghan said...

haha, that picture of your grandma and the cowboy hat is awesome, following from the nestwork, can't wait to read more

At August 25, 2010 at 9:47 PM , OpenID fitnstitchin said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing, Grandma's are so special! ~ Take Care

At August 25, 2010 at 10:45 PM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Hey Adrienne, I hope you are having a great day my friend! Thank you again!

Mama Hen

At August 26, 2010 at 12:52 AM , Blogger Wanda said...

Hey there. Congrats on being featured. Take the spotlight - you deserve it.

I enjoyed visiting your blog today. wish your sweet grandmom a Happy Birthday. Your pictures are so fun - esp. with your sister.

And I'm following you back. Thanks for your visit today!

At August 26, 2010 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Di said...

Happy Birthday to your grandmother. She seems like an amazing women. How lucky you are to have her in your life.

At August 26, 2010 at 3:16 PM , Blogger Mama Bear said...

Congrats on the feature! I love your stories amd happy birthday to your grandma!!!I'm your newest follower! Check me out too!


At August 26, 2010 at 3:18 PM , Blogger DaisyGal said...

what a LADY, your Grandma is...WOW!!!

she's beautiful and what an inspiration huh??? Thanks for sharing her with us....that whole story made me's to many more years with her.

have a great day...:)

At August 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM , Blogger MamaOnDaGo said...

What a fun grandma!!! I love the drinks in front of her. Pour me one, grandma!
Not only that, what a wonderful women that raised you. The love and memories that could have been lost due to your mother leaving. What an inspiration.

Visiting from the Nestwork

At August 27, 2010 at 12:19 AM , Blogger Eastlyn and co. said...

Hi, Adrienne. I found you as the feature blogger on Mama Hen's Nestwork and stopped by to visit. How fortunate you and your sister are to have the love of such a sweet woman. Looks like the two of you still know how to make her smile. I also commented on your Mommy confessions R&R post. Have a great weekend. Thanks for sharing your Grandma's inspiration with us.

At August 27, 2010 at 7:20 AM , Blogger ~Lisa~ said...

What a great story. My grandmother had a huge influence on my life too. So I know how you girls feel about her. Boy that photo is hilarious! She can down some drinks hehe. Congrats on the feature (=

At August 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM , Blogger Happy Mummy said...

Hi Adrienne,

I am visiting from nestwork! I am your neighbour. Well Mamahen said to say hi to neighbour below us in the list but your blog is above mine but I thought why not. I love your sweet pink polka dot template, so adorable.

Looking forward to know more about you :)

At August 29, 2010 at 10:13 AM , Blogger Jill said...

Hello! What a great post and congrats on being featured! I found your blog through Mama's Little Nestwork and I love it. I can't wait to read future posts. I'm your newest follower.


At August 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM , Blogger Old To New said...

What a great blog you have! I found you on the Nestwork! Happy Birthday to your grandmother! :)

At September 3, 2010 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Brenners said...

So inspiring. I love how you choose to see life as beautiful, regardless of ugliness. God's sovereignty is always a beautiful thing.


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