I know today is Veteran's Day, and many people are expressing their thanks for those who have served our country. I am definitely thankful for them, but this post today needs to be devoted to something, or, rather, someone else.
Chris's Grandma Ebert is my favorite person in the world. The first time I met her was when Chris took me to a family Christmas party soon after we began dating. She scared me to death because she announced to pretty much the entire extended family that she liked me. We hadn't even kissed yet, so I was not ready for the grandma to become attached. Six months later, when he was getting ready to leave for his two-year mission for our church, she said, "Maybe he should just stay home so we can get you while you're still available!", which also scared me to death, because, come on, the missionary's grandmother is not supposed to say things like that!
When we told her we were getting married, her response was a jubilant "Yipee!", complete with an arm thrown in the air for emphasis. It's nice to have Grandma's approval.
Ellie's full name is Elizabeth, and she is named to honor her great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth VanDam Ebert. Interestingly, the daughter we chose to name after her also happens to be the one who inherited her personality.
I could relate so many more stories about this amazing woman - her wicked sense of humor, her fierce independence, her undying devotion to her husband through his declining years, her quick wit, and her wonderful stories about growing up as one of 14 children - but I'll share just one more. Today, November 11, is her 92nd birthday. She likes to tells us how, when she was little, her family would go to the Veteran's Day parade in downtown Salt Lake City, and she thought it was so wonderful that the whole city was throwing a birthday parade just for her.
So, today I'm thankful for Grandma Betty, a beautiful and delightful woman whom I am privileged to know and love. And I'm thankful that one day I will get to carry the title of Grandma Ebert, which I will forever associate with her.
What are you thankful for today?