and celebrating birthdays together.
Gram seemed to really enjoy looking at those pictures, many of which she had completely forgotten about, while we prepared for the party.
And while she is definitely someone who doesn't seek attention or celebration of any kind, she was so gracious, and I think she really loved it. She is so, so deserving.
(With nephew Duane Call and his wife.)
So much of Gram's life is just about giving and helping however she can. Her list of sisters that she visit teaches is longer than mine. She has a way of making anyone she's talking to feel special and important. Family or not, if you wanted to reach out to her and be a part of her life, she would love you right back without reservation.
I'm so grateful that we celebrated her. I got kind of emotional on Saturday after the party as I thought about how blessed I am to have her as mine. I want to be like her in so many ways. I want to work hard, get past difficult times and focus on joy, serve selflessly, and love my family in word and action. She has been so generous and very present in our lives, and it has made all the difference.
Love you Gram.