Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Blog Hop for Linda

Hi again! I know this is my third post of the day but this one is pretty special! (My cards for Our Creative Corner and Dynamic Duos are below this post.) This is a celebration for my blogging friend, Linda Callahan. Have you ever visited her blog? You will want to, she is amazingly creative! (Click her name to go to her blog!) Linda is about to become a Grandmother and a bunch of us wanted to take some time to celebrate the occasion. Congratulations, Linda! This is all for YOU! :) 
Although I do not have a card to share, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my own grandmother today. Here is one of my favorite photos, that is proudly displayed in our home. I have such loving memories of my Grandma Frances. Not only was she a beautiful woman, but she was incredibly kind-hearted and always full of love. She gave the best hugs, too! I miss her so much! I remember all of the wonderful times I spent with her and will never forget the lessons she taught me. I can still smell Sunday dinners cooking in her kitchen and have fond memories of our times together as a family. A couple of weeks ago, I came upon a Lily of the Valley scented candle and it instantly brought me back to Grandma's garden back in Upstate New York. It's funny how a scent can evoke such a memory. That made the quote for Linda's blog hop that much more meaningful for me: 

"A garden of love grows in a Grandmother's heart" - Author Unknown
Grandmother's are a wonderful gift and a blessing to cherish! I wish I had the opportunity to tell both of my Grandma's how much I love them today. Sadly, they have both passed on, but their memories live on every single day. Congratulations to you, Linda on the upcoming arrival of your new grand-baby! Enjoy every moment with that sweet bundle of joy, my friend! :)    

Please stop by the rest of the gals on the hop to see their creations, OR to simply share their memories...all to celebrate Linda! 
Anne Marie Hile (you are here) 
Jaydee (NEXT on the hop!)

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day today! :)

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  1. what a lovely grandmother, anne marie! hugs, mary

  2. Anne Marie, I loved reading your story about your grandmother and seeing how close you were to her. It's a beautiful picture of her.

  3. Funny how the simplest thing like smelling a flower can trigger memories like that! It's lovely to hear about your fond memories!

  4. I know what you mean about the smells and memories! When I am working on my azaleas I am transported to my grandparents' yard. Thanks for sharing these lovely memories!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your story, Anne Marie! I had totally forgot about the Lily of the Valleys that my grandmother had planted in front of her house when it was new. It's the house I grew up in, and I still love that smell and those delicate flowers.

  6. Such a sweet story, Anne Marie! Your grandmother was beautiful!

  7. Ann Marie I'm am LOVING this HOP. This is so different and I love reading all the "Gramma" stories. Nothing like 'being' a gramma either and I can't wait for Linda to enjoy this life changing experience. She is one funny lady and Love her stories now, can't imagine the ones to come. hugs.
    PS: you are a busy beaver and your previous posts are fabulous as always. I've been having computer issues lately so just getting back in blogland... hugs.

  8. Your grandmother is beautiful! So glad you have such wonderful memories of her! Lilies of the Valley are my favorite - I carried them when I got married! And you gals are something else - this was such a complete surprise today! I am overwhelmed by my wonderful blogging friends - you guys rock! xoxo

  9. TFS the beautiful picture of your grandmother! I couldn't imagine a nicer way to pay tribute to Linda than with a blog hop like this! So sweet!

  10. Such a wonderful picture and a great story to go with it! It's amazing how many memories are tied to our senses... Oatmeal raisin cookies are my trigger for Grandma memories...


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Anne Marie