Today is an incredibly special day! Oh, I know what you are probably thinking. It is New Years Day - of course it is special. However, today means something much more special to my family and me. It is the 95th birthday of our family's Matriarch. Yes, on January 1, 1915, my grandmother, Jewell Mae O'Neal, was born! Isn't that amazing?!?
My grandmother has had such a huge impact on my life. She and Papa lived next door to our family while I was growing up. When my brother, sister and I were young, my parents were not really involved in church like they are now. Therefore, our grandparents made sure we went with them almost every single Sunday. This is something I will always be grateful to them for. I'm really not sure I would have the same relationship with the Lord that I do today if it wasn't for them.
I can still remember riding in the backseat of their car on the way to church and back each Sunday. Then nearly every Sunday afternoon, one of my siblings or I would get to go with them to Morrison's Cafeteria, near the airport in Atlanta, to eat lunch after church. Oh, this was such a treat for a young child who did not get to go out to eat very often!
My siblings and I spent lots of time with our Granny. She was always sewing, cooking or telling us a story about her childhood. We used to watch her do all kinds of things like hanging her yummy smelling clothes out on the line, cleaning her already spotless house or making some of her awesome apple jelly. We were always thrilled when she'd let us help her pick strawberries or beans out of the garden, get fresh water out of their well, help her make fresh squeezed lemonade or shell peas with her out on the screened porch. There was ALWAYS something to do with Granny Jewell! Even though she lived right next door, we absolutely loved to spend the night with her and Papa! We thought it was SO hysterical when Granny would come to tuck us in after she'd already 'taken her teeth out' and put her hair net on. LOL!
I have so many fond memories of time spent with my Granny and I thank the Lord for them all. She is such an amazing lady and we are so blessed to still have her with us. I pray she is having an absolute wonderful birthday!
My Mom, Mo, My Dad, Granny, Bek & Me
Wow, how things change in 5 years, especially kids! :0(