|A few moments and words of advice from Grandma|
Today is my 3rd anniversary and so many things have changed in my life since then - so blessed its crazy!
One thing that has been the hardest for me is losing my Grandma. She was diagnosed with brain cancer the summer before we got married. I realize that weddings are supposed to be all about happiness and the couple, but for this girl and her Grandma it meant something a little extra.
Grandma Teen (Florine Scissons Bedwell) has been my biggest fan, supporter and cheer leader my entire life and I believe she is still cheering me on and helping me through difficult times. As a little girl, I would spend weeks at a time in the summer at her house and she would introduce me to the world of endless reading, travel, camping, crafting and eating treats – she loved chocolate, baklava, and pie!
When I was younger and dating and went through trying times in past relationships, she was the one to always calm my nerves and crazy ideas about being alone the rest of my life. She would say, “Getting married before your 25 is a waste of time, nobody knows who they are or what they want.” “You have plenty of time to meet the right person.” And other sweet comments that only a Granddaughter will accept from her Grandmother – nobody else.
When Darin and I had announced our engagement, she simply smiled and said, “Well, I see what I told you all along was right.” With a twinkle in her eye, I knew exactly what she meant, all the countless conversations on the phone and visits to her house, were in fact, true! She assured me that her health would not detour her from missing one of the most important days of her life -- seeing me get married. [tears flowing].
I was blessed enough to have my Grandma be (just barely) well enough to make a 4 hr. trip and be at our wedding, truly a moment that I will always hold dear to my heart. She passed away in April 2008, just before I had learned that I was pregnant with the Little Bird. I am sure she knows what I am up to and hopefully proud.
On this day Grandma, I miss you more than ever and will always love you and our friendship!