I think we can all agree that family connections – whether blood-related or not – are incredibly important. They teach us unconditional love. They help us hone our bargaining skills and improve our patience. They also build memories that make a difference in our lives – moments together that helps guarantee we will each live on in the memories of the next generation.
One of those family connections I’m thankful to have memories of is time spent with my great grandma. She passed away when I was a teenager. We didn’t live very close to her when I was a child, so I didn’t see her that often. But I have many wonderful memories of her, and most of them have to do with crafting.
Great Grandma loved to work with her hands. She was skilled at making quilts, crocheting, tatting, and was always making something that she shared with others. I still have a quilt she made for me, a doll she sewed, and some gorgeous doilies that she tatted. I’m also blessed to have many of her crochet hooks and even her tatting shuttle.
I remember there was a time when she offered to teach me how to tat. I wish I’d had the opportunity to take her up on that. But while I never did learn to tat, I do crochet, and I’d like to think she would have enjoyed visiting about our crochet projects if she were still here.
This last weekend, I was so thankful that my daughter and I had the opportunity to fly out and see my grandma – my daughter’s great grandma. She’d met her great grandma in person once before, but didn’t remember it. This last weekend, she got to build a whole host of memories that I hope she’ll hold close years from now.
Memories of walking through the garden and talking about flowers. Of putting a puzzle together and posing with it when they’d finished. Memories of those precious hugs and moments together looking through photo albums and boxes of treasures.
Memories that will last a lifetime.
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Speaking of families and memories, that was one of the things I enjoyed most about writing the Love’s Compass series. Among the many endearing characters in the books, you will meet four generations of the Chandler family, from Grams all the way down to her young great grandson, Gideon. It was so much fun to show those interactions between them all and illustrate how important those family connections truly are.