When I was 10 my parents let me go to Oregon by myself to spend two weeks with my grandparents. It was amazing. I got to go to work with my grandparents and play card games with them all by myself. When you come from a big family, you get to share A LOT. So getting any portion of my grandparents’ time to myself is a big deal.
My grandparents are some of the most special people I know. Not only because of who they are, but because of how they make you feel. I often wonder what makes them so great. It’s more than the gifts they give, or the jokes they tell, or the fun things they do with us. It’s how they put their arm around you and you know that YOU are loved. YOU are the most important person in the world in that moment.
My grandma and I have always had a special bond. She has taught me most of what I know about shopping, fashion, and makeup. She really is the coolest.
My grandpa can make ANYONE smile. It’s one of his gifts. He has the most positive outlook on life. One of his favorite things to say is “Isn’t life delicious?” He’s also BYU’s biggest fan. I just love him.
When you have so many memories tied to people this special, that place holds a piece of your heart. I can always remember the smells of my grandparents’ house, I often try to recreate them in mine.
You’ve probably heard the saying “All because two people fell in love…” Well in this case, it’s true! At the last family gathering with all my aunts, uncles and cousins, I looked around at all the laughter and happiness and couldn’t help but think: this is all because my grandparents fell in love and started a life together.
And they did so with the gospel. Their testimonies are a huge part of who they are and why they are so happy. It’s easy to look at them and think they have the greatest life. But it hasn’t been without trials.
I think one of the biggest things we can learn from my grandparents is that life may be hard, but it can truly be delicious. At the end of the day, we have the knowledge of the gospel and that’s what truly makes us happy. Our families and our relationships are what matter and if we live righteously, we will have them for eternity.
I am so grateful for my relationship with my grandparents. I tear up every time I hear them on the phone (literally). I cry every time we say goodbye. I’m so fortunate to have such wonderful people in my life that I can learn from. ❤️