Monday, June 28, 2010

Cherished Moments Monday

"Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."

For my first Cherished Moments Monday I wanted to go back in time a bit. This is a picture of my grandparents, mom and I in our backyard. My grandparents used to visit us from Germany every other summer for a few months. We would go to Germany in the alternating summers. These visits meant the world to me! My grandparents were super special and such a huge part of my life. In this picture my Omi is holding me. She was the sweetest woman ever! I remember that she would always wear an apron and clean the house (I bet my mom loved that). She would carry little German candies in her apron pocket. You know my sister and I loved that! My adorable Opi (grandfather) worked every day in the yard planting flowers, cutting down old branches, weeding and painting. In all of his eighty four years I never saw him sitting during the day. Both of my grandparents were hard workers their entire lives. When I was twenty-five my grandparent's age started to slow them down. I would work hard to save my money and visit them every few months. I did this up until their passing. It was devastating for me to lose them, but I feel so blessed for having had the most loving grandparents for so many years!

Come join me this week or next Monday for Cherished Moments Monday and share some of your most cherished moments! Just grab the button in my left sidebar and let me know so I can add your link.

Check out more people sharing Cherished Moments: Taking it all In, Twenty Little Toes & The Story of Us.

22 comments:

  1. I don't do Cherished Moments Monday, but this is a lovely story. My mom's parents lived in South Africa, so I didn't see them much growing up here in Canada. We went twice when I was young, and they came to visit once when I was young (all under 5). I was the only grand-daughter on that side, so my grandmom made me feel special. I always gots lots of postcards and letters from her. I remember most when just my grandmother visited in my early teens, and then when I visited there when I was 18. They both passed away shortly after that, so I was always glad I went and have a good memory of that trip.

    Your story here made me think of them - hense my comment.

    I continue to enjoy your blog!

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  2. As I continue to grow up, I realize how much my grandparents really contributed to who I am today. Grandparents are so special! I have a Cherished moment in draft mode, waiting for it to be truly Monday! Thanks for all the encouragement you give.

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  3. Love this post. I only have memories of my grandmother (my mum's mom) cos the rest are no longer around when I was born. I hope my son is going to remember his grandma now while she is still alive (also the only one left)

    Looking forward to seeing you at my new blog domain! :D ( I'm a full-time mummy )

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  4. I LOVE these memory posts!! You have such sweet memories and have honored her with this post...she's definitely smiling down on you :)

    I lost my nana in March and wrote a post about her too. She wrote an amazing poem 30 years before she died, and tucked it away for the kids to find after her death...it's beautiful!

    On another note - you can link up to Word Up, Yo with plethora anytime this week through Friday! Give it a shot if you can :)

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  5. It's wonderful that you have such treasured memories of them!

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  6. what a lovely story -- i can just picture both your grampa and grama doing there thing : ) in fact, the photo of your grampa reminds me so of my grampa and how he spent his days -- they lived in south dakota, but our visits there and their visits to our home were always so special. i think my grandpa even had a very similar pair of pants as your grampa : ) thanks for the post!

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  7. My cherished moment is when my grampa walked me down the aisle. He was the father that wasn't around and my gramma was my second mother. I wouldn't be where I am without them!

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  8. I think of my grandparents all the time, though this really made be think back to some really awesome memories - thanks!!! I am a follower from Friday Followers too - thanks for joining my blog.. I look forward to the many enjoyable readings in your blog.

    Tracy (Frugal Finds & Reviews 4 Moms)...

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  9. What a lovely story about your grandparents. My fathers parents died before I was born and my mom's parents were very sweet but always busy working on their farm. I look forward helping create cherished memories for my little one with her grandparents. Great post, Mama.

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  10. Beautiful post! It inspires me to get a scanner so that I can post some older pictures.

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  11. What a precious photo and a great memory for you. Thanks for stopping by. I was a little late getting my post done today.

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  12. Such a lovely memory. It's beautiful that you had such a wonderful relationship with your grandparents! I appreciate you, Mama Hen. I share more about that today on my blog, come visit!

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  13. LOVE this post.

    BTW, I have something for you!

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  14. What a beautiful story! I was also blessed to have wonderful grandparents, and it really does mean a lot. I saw you had stopped by my blog, and had to check you out. I'm a new follower!

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  15. What a sweet story! I had 2 of the BEST grandparents in the world, so I can relate to how much I looked forward to our visits together. I put a cherished moments post on my blog & you can check it out at http://thewurzfamily.blogspot.com/2010/06/cherished-moments.html. Thanks for the great idea! I am also a new follower. :)

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  16. Hi there!
    Grandparents are special aren't they?!
    I've posted something for CMM too!!

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  17. Oh and also have an award waiting for on my blog:)
    I think you've received this one before but hey, double awards are always a great compliment!

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  18. Awwww what a beautiful tribute and such a gorgeous picture of your baby girl in the first pic and of you with your family:) thanks for stopping by and for writing something that reminds me what really matters:)

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  19. Oh, this is so sweet and it makes me sad at the same time. That house looks so much like the house I grew up in. My grandparents lived next door to us as my siblings and I were growing up and they were like a second set of parents to us. My grandfather died when I was 17 but my 95 y/o grandmother is still alive. However, she just recently became very ill and was placed in hospice this past weekend. My heart is aching so much. I can't bear the thought of her not being with us, but I also can't stand to think of her in pain. :0( It is so hard to let go of someone you love so much. Thanks for sharing your memories.

    Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog for Friday Follow AND for becoming a 'Follower'. I'm really excited because I love to make new blog friends. :0) I really hope you will come by and visit again soon. I just became your newest Follower and I look forward to reading more of your blog soon.

    I hope you and your 'little chick' have a wonderfully blessed week ahead!

    Teresa <><

    ♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥

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  20. This is such a sweet post. I love the picture of your grandma holding you.

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  21. What a great story. Thanks for sharing and inviting me to check out your blog.

    Love it!

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  22. Thanks for sharing your lovely story with us. it's there for keeps:)

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