This past week we headed to the Minnesota to visit family that we haven't seen for almost 8 years. I know... WAY too long. Life has its way of going by quickly, that's for sure. But this year I felt it was necessary to head out to Duluth, Minnesota where the majority of my Dad's family resides.
While there I wanted to make sure that we took time to take our daughter, Brooklynn, out to my grandparent's place in Solan Springs, WI. My Grandma was born and raised in Norway and fled the Nazi regime when she was 17 years old, which brought her and her family to the United States during WWII. I love her strong Norwegian heritage. It is prominent inside and outside my grandparents log cabin. From the hand painted shutters to the needle point pictures and handmade Norwegian sweaters she knits, her heritage is everywhere, which I love.
When we first arrived Brooklynn enthusiastically said, "Oh! I want a tour!" And I don't blame her. From floor to ceiling, my grandparent's home is filled with relics and family heirlooms dating back to the early 1900's and maybe even late 1800's.
I feel very privileged to know my family history and heritage. And I loved showing my daughter a piece of who she is in her great-grandparents.
Homemade bread is a treat at my grandparent's house. My grandma grinds her own wheat down in her basement and makes the most exquisite bread. I unfortunately did not get blessed with this skill. I was blessed with the gift of consumption. So pass me a stick of butter and some of Grandma's homemade bread and you'll find me in a happy place.
67 years they have been married... Sixty-Seven-Years. How many people can say that these days? I feel very blessed to have grandparents who are a testimony to the words they vowed, "till death do us part." And they meant them.
They have lived their entire marriage putting the other person first above themselves... It is easy to live a selfish life. It is hard to live a selfless life, and I believe that along with their Faith in Christ, this is what has made their marriage so strong. And trust me, they would be the first to quickly say that a strong marriage is something you have to work hard at. It isn't just handed to you. And I am grateful for two sets of grandparents who taught me this.
This family vacation was about past and present. And I am grateful to have had the chance to show my daughter a little bit of her heritage.
Now to plan our next vacation to Capri, Italy where my Grandfather is from! =)