Monday, April 17, 2017

Mr. Handsome's Great-Grandmother


Mr. Handsome and I spent Easter weekend with family. We saw both our immediate families, as well as both sides of Mr. Handsome's extended family. All the ladies attended a bridal shower for my almost-21-year-old sister-in-law, who is getting married in early summer. (Remember when I posted pictures of her engagement party?)

Last week, my mother-in-law called and informed us that her grandmother (Mr. Handsome's great-grandmother) would be at the shower and suggested we bring one of Mr. Handsome's paintings for her.

Almost 102 years old, Great-Grandma lives alone, and she is a spitfire. She and Mr. Handsome have a special bond because they both have a dry sense of humor and enjoy poking fun at each other. When I handed Great-Grandma the wrapped painting, one of the great-aunts, who has a similar sense of humor, exclaimed, "I think it's a baseball!" As she was leaving, Great-Grandma reminded me to be sure to thank my husband for the baseball.

Amidst all the joking, Great-Grandma truly was touched to receive such a heartfelt gift. She has a dozen grandchildren and a few dozen great-grandchildren, and she gives all of them (plus their spouses) presents  at Christmas, but very few of them acknowledge her. We're not sure how much longer she will be with us, but we want to make her feel special while she's here.

*Have you been down the Oregon Coast? The scene pictured in the painting is Heceta Head Lighthouse, located in Florence, Oregon. It is based on the photos we took of the lighthouse when we visited last October.

20 comments:

  1. Oh Ellie what a sweet gesture! And great-grandmother looks great for almost 102 years old! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure, Regina. I'll have to tell her you said that. She will be thrilled. :)

      Ellie

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  2. Anonymous4/17/2017

    God Bless Mr. Handsome's Great Grandmother. She is a beautiful lady. Thank you for sharing this special lady with your readers.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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    1. Thank you Joan, Marion, and Marilyn. It's my pleasure.

      Ellie

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  3. I love ❤️ the Oregon coast! We go often...So glad you came and enjoyed my home state!

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    1. We loved it! Driving down the Oregon Coast was probably my favorite trip ever.

      Ellie

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    2. Well I hope you get a chance to come again!

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  4. Shela G4/17/2017

    Our family celebrated my husband's grandmother turning 100 at the end of January. She is in a memory care facility. Even though she does not know who we are anymore it was still a very special day to celebrate her life and the love she has given her family. The picture of the Oregon coast that Mr Handsome painted for His Great grandmother is beautiful!! Being an Oregonian girl the Oregon coast is my happy place.

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    1. Thank you, Shela.

      Some of my grandparents are in memory care as well. It's very sad. I'll be praying for your husband's grandmother.

      Ellie

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    2. Shela G4/18/2017

      Thank you for praying for husband's grandmother. That is very sweet of you.

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  5. Anonymous4/17/2017

    Awesome lady! Nice picture her great grandson painted for her!

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  6. Anonymous4/18/2017

    What a special lady! God bless her.

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    1. Thank you! She's a very special lady. :)

      Ellie

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  7. Anonymous4/18/2017

    Ellie,
    Your husband did a fabulous job on that painting. I live about 40 miles from Heceta Head, and he did very well with both the image, and in evoking the mood of that spectacular place. I hope you share my compliments with him.
    I have a 97 year old grandmother, my grandfather died 2 years ago, and I think it's so important to acknowledge every one of her occasions-birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day... She has a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and she and my grandfather always made a point of knowing each of us as individuals, and making each of us feel unconditionally loved for who we were. As we like to say, we all felt like the favorite. This genuine interest and love extended to their children's friends, and their friend's children as well. And all of these people still go out of their way to see my grandmother, some of them even flying from the other side of the world to do so. She and my grandfather made so many people feel so deeply loved, that it's wonderful to see that love reflected back at her.
    I'm rambling... what I was trying to say is that in the end all we really are is the love we give, and that you will never regret giving time, attention, and even gifts, to those whose love grew so big that it overflowed and created your family.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that. Your grandparents sound like very special people. My grandparents have always lived far away, so getting to know my husband's grandparents has been a huge blessing.

      Mr. Handsome will be thrilled to hear your remarks about the lighthouse painting. What a beautiful part of the world! How wonderful that you live there.

      Have a great weekend.
      Ellie

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  8. Anonymous4/18/2017

    Ellie, Mr Handsome Great grandmother looks amazing for being almost 102. She looks like a nice lady.
    The picture is wonderful.

    A kid from my High School class his grandmother died on Easter Sunday at 111.

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    1. Thank you! :) Wow, what a long life! Would have loved to chat with that sweet lady.

      Ellie

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  9. Alicia4/25/2017

    She seems like a lovely lady! And what a sweet gift for her. Mr. Handsome did a great job painting it!

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    1. I'll tell Mr. Handsome you said that, Alicia. Yes, she is a wonderful lady!

      Ellie

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