To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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9 Lessons I Learned From My Grandma

Losing a loved one is never an easy thing, but remembering the things they taught you can ease the pain.
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As a kid, I was fortunate enough to live really close to my grandparents. That meant sleepovers at Grandma’s, Sunday dinner’s, pool days, etc. You could say I spent a lot of time there. Later, my grandparents moved across the country, but we stayed close. Throughout the years my grandma taught me so many things that made me who I am today. A week or so ago, my mom called and gave me the bad news that my sweet grandma had passed away. I was completely shocked and heartbroken. As I have gone through the grieving process and attended her funeral, I’ve had time to reflect on all the things she has taught me.

1. Read often

She would read me books as a little kid and was always reading. Her Kindle app was full of more books than I can imagine. Seeing her read all the time inspired me to read, and made me the book worm I am today.

2. Love with all your heart

I saw her love all seventeen grandkids equally and with all her heart. Whatever we asked, she would try her very best to do. She supported all of us by going to countless soccer games, performances, and did all of this with a smile. She taught me to love.

3. Serve

As she attended all of our soccer games, she would also serve. She would make the grandkids clothes if we asked, she babysat us ALL the time so our parents could get rid of us for a minute, and always invited others to dinner so they could feel at home. Her example of service is what I would like to achieve one day.

4. Think of others first

On the same note, she was always thinking of others before herself. She wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of before she thought of herself. Whenever I would drive down for the weekend from college to visit her, she would always ask what I needed, or would hand me cash. One day I hope to be like her.

5. You can never have too many purses

My, oh my, did this lady love purses! Every time I saw her, she had a new purse. I would always complement her and she would just smile. I’ve learned that you can never have too many purses! Life is too short to not buy the purse!

6. Pedicures are a must

My grandma would get pedicures so often that the ladies at the nail salon knew her by name. That is my goal in life! She took me to get my first pedicure when I was young, and my life hasn’t been the same since! Her toes were always painted the cutest colors.

7. Some days, stay in your pajamas until noon

Many times, my grandma wouldn’t get out of bed until ten, and would lounge around in her pajamas until noon. How awesome is that?! She understood the concept of relaxing and taking care of yourself. Some days, you just need to relax!

8. Music is essential to life

The reason I love music is because of my sweet grandma. Music was always a part of her home. When I was a kid, she would play the piano and I would just watch her. I would sing along and try to keep up, but I remember she played the piano so beautifully. I also remember trying out for a choir, and I was so nervous. She helped me with my audition and gave me the confidence I needed. We would watch musicals together, so every time I see The Sound of Music, I will think of her.

9. Smile

Lastly, just smile. My cute grandma was always smiling. She taught me that the most important accessory (besides a cute purse of course) is a smile. Her smile could light up a room and was contagious.

Losing someone is never easy and I miss my grandma so much. BUT, I will try to follow her example and be a better person. I know I have a guardian angel watching over me now.

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