We plan our blog posts weeks and sometimes months in advance. Joy & I had a brainstorming session about a month ago to plan upcoming posts for the blog & social media. As we looked at the calendar, we thought about different holidays, special store events and tried to anticipate the things that interest you. This whole process is so much fun – as are most projects with Joy!
As we looked over the calendar, we were surprised to see that this Sunday, September 8th, is Grandparents’ Day. We all know about Mother’s Day & Father’s Day, but this was a new one for us! We laughed and reminisced about times with our grandparents, and I knew that I wanted to write this post.
I really hit the grandparent jackpot! God blessed me with wonderful grandparents, and bonus grandparents after Jay & I were married.
I’m fairly certain that anyone who has endured my tap dance recitals, cheered me on at countless ballgames where I kept the bench warm, and told me they loved every art project deserves automatic saint-hood! My grandparents were the best cheerleaders. They encouraged me and never let me forget how proud they were of me. Even today, their voices are the ones that keep me going on the days when doubt creeps in and I wonder, “What in the world have I gotten myself into owning a store!?!?”
I could tell stories for days about playing paper dolls with my great-great grandmother, shucking 144 ears of corn with my grandfather, and more shopping trips than I can count with my grandmother, Glenda, who many of you have met at the store… Those sweet summer nights catching lightning bugs, playing Scrabble, and cooking meals together are some of my favorite memories. As I think about all the great times together, I realize that the memories that stand out the most are the simplest ones. They are the everyday moments that didn’t cost a penny.
I would almost bet your favorite memories are similar. It is so easy for me to get caught up in all the “stuff,” in creating fantastic experiences, making sure the details are all just right. I often forget that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful, and that beauty can be found in the ordinary moments.
As we approach Grandparents’ Day this weekend, I hope you will be able to think of happy times with your grandparents, spend a little "ordinary time" with your grandchildren, and just enjoy being with family.
Until Next Time!