“Legacy…what is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see. I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me.”
The other day I decided to go back through some of our old family photos. I’ve always loved looking at old pictures. It’s so fun for me to reminisce on the days of my childhood.
As I was going through the photos, I found a whole bunch of my grandparents and it really got me thinking. Thinking about how much of an impact each of them made on my life as I was growing up and even today. So, I thought I’d share a little bit with all of you about them and what they’ve taught me.
These are my grandparents on my moms side. Ruth and David. My grandpa passed away in 2006, and that was what triggered us moving to Ohio. We wanted to be closer to my grandma. They taught me a lot and continue to teach me a lot.
They both love the Lord with a passion you don’t see often. Grandpa was a pastor for a long time. Even today, grandma shows her love of the Lord with how much she loves on us grandkids. She would do anything for us and I am immensely grateful for that. She has taught me to love people with a selfless love–to give up things that you may want for things that others may need. She has taught me having a big family just means that there is more love to spread around.
Grandpa taught me in a different way. I didn’t know him well. We just knew him from the few trips we took out here when we were little. But he’s taught me about what it means to leave a legacy on your family. Everyone talks about him with such fond memories that I wish I had known him better. They talk about him like he would make them laugh. He’s definitely taught me about being there with your family and loving them so much that they have the good memories of you.
I can’t wait to talk to him again one day.
These are my grandparents on my dads side. Renate and Nevis. These two have always had my heart. They’ve taught me a lot through their endless love for each other and for us grandkids. Their love story is something that is so astounding and lovely that I don’t even want to try to put it in words.
The basics of it are that they met when my grandma still lived in Germany and grandpa was there with the military. She couldn’t even speak any English and somehow they managed to make it work. I’ll have to get her to tell me the story while we’re there and I can vlog it.
Anyway, they’ve both taught me so much about love and life.
Grandma has taught me that love is something you feel deeply. It’s something embedded down into your soul. Yes, it’s a choice. But it’s a choice that’s worth it every time. She has taught me what it means to miss someone so deeply that you feel it in your bones. She’s taught me that every moment of every day counts and that we should cherish those moments.
Grandpa taught me a lot about perseverance. He passed away from cancer a few years ago, but he never stopped fighting. He fought for his wife; he fought for his children; he fought for his grandchildren. He fought so hard. He taught me to cherish the people you love every day. He taught me how important saying “I love you” is. I can still hear him saying it to me. He taught me that sometimes you just need a hug. He taught me so many things that I don’t even know how to write them all down.
They all taught me that the most important thing in this life is our families. They are the one’s who will carry our legacy. We may not get to see those seeds we planted, but they are there. They are in the hearts of our loved ones; they’re in the old photographs; they’re in Christmas memories; they are in anniversaries and birthdays and holidays. Our legacies are carried throughout generations because of the way we love people.
I hope I leave as wonderful of a legacy as all of these beautiful souls have.
All the love,
p.s. I’m on vacation right now! (In Colorado with my grandma!) If you’d like to follow along,
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