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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: Lasting Treasures
By Kim Stairs


My Grandma B. was a wonderful woman of God. She lived a long and interesting life. She was born in 1921 and was the oldest of eight siblings. Due to the times of her growing up, the girls shared one bed and the boys shared a second bed. The girls also only had one or two dresses to wear.

When my Grandma was a young woman, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary section of the Army. She lived in Iowa at this time. There she met Charles. Who would become her husband after just six short weeks. Their love was amazing! They could not hold off on getting married because my Grandfather was also in the Army and he was deployed shortly after they married. He was over seas for eighteen months.

My Grandfather would send my Grandmother love letters from the war. I had the privilege of reading them when I was in high school. His hand writing was the most exquisite style I’d ever seen. The letters were mailed in air mail envelopes, and my Grandma would write the date she received it on each envelope.

I never had the honor of meeting my Grandfather. You see when he was a father of his own with three beautiful daughters; he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He lived years longer but the tumor had an impact on his personality. His family was there to continue supporting him and each other. But when my mom went off to Ferris University in Michigan, she received a call that would change her life forever. At the age of nineteen, my mom got the worst kind of call; that her father was dying.

My Grandfather was a city bus driver and he touched so many lives that his funeral was covered in the newspaper. His funeral was filled with people who had daily encounters with their bus driver. I have learned through his life that touching people’s lives does not have to be a major crisis, but you can change people with one act at a time as they enter your life.

My Grandma B. continued to live over twenty five more years. She remained single because her love was so strong for her friend, lover, and the father of girls. She was able to keep this love strong because she has a passion for the Lord that engulfed her soul. He became her lover and husband. The love she had for God, shown on her face. People that got to know my Grandma would also come to know of this love, and it changed our lives.

I am one of the lives she changed. She was a praying woman, and prayed for me probably since birth. I’ve had many obstacles that would like to take my life even as a young child. However God protected me from them all. As a teen-ager I found the love of Jesus as my Grandma had prayed for. Seventeen years later I am still serving the Lord.

I don’t know where my life would have ended up if it wasn’t for the weekends with her. She would take me to church and I got my first Bible in second grade. As I got older we’d spend a lot time together, as I would take her to doctor’s appointments and run errands with her. We shared a bond- a deep spiritual connection that will last an eternity.

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Patty Wysong04/10/08
What a wonderful tribute. I loved this lesson: 'I have learned through his life that touching people’s lives does not have to be a major crisis, but you can change people with one act at a time as they enter your life.' Very good indeed.
David Ritchie04/12/08
Yours indeed is a 'lasting treasure' thanks for sharing such a wonderful story.

Glynis Becker04/12/08
Thank you so much for sharing your grandparents with us. What a wonderful blessing you've been given to have such a family story!
Joshua Janoski04/13/08
"I have learned through his life that touching people's lives does not have to be a major crisis, but you can change people with one act at a time as they enter your life."

I loved that line. What a special tribute to your grandparents. I feel like I know them personally after reading this.

I look forward to seeing more entries from you. Keep up the great writing! :)
c clemons04/16/08
A little choppy with the flow, because of all the He's and Her's but a nice tribute story. A few missing words also, but we all have done that. Keep writing and practicing it gets better.